“Carla, can I substitute smoothies for juices during a fast?”
“Will I lose weight if I do a smoothie fast instead?”
“I really want to stay full and prefer smoothies to juices…is that okay?”
“What’s your opinion on juices vs smoothies, Carla?!?!?”
Hands down, the biggest question I get. Biggest. Question. Period. So, let’s break it down so it’ll now and forever be broke! Here’s some facts and my opinion on on juices versus smoothies:
When you embark on a juice cleanse, you are physically extracting the pulp/fiber from the fruits and veggies in order to just drink the juice. By doing this, you are getting the straight, unadulterated, easily assimilated nutrients into your system. The purpose of juicing (in addition to upping your fruit and veggie intake) is to give your digestive system a rest… which is why removing the pulp/fiber is important. No one is saying that the fiber isn’t a vital part of the produce: you’re just taking a short-term break in order to recharge and rebuild the system.
Now, I happen to love BOTH juices and smoothies. If you want all the benefits of juicing PLUS the fiber, smoothies are for you. This is where equipment like the Ninja, the NutriBullet, the Vitamix etc. all come in. They pulverize the veggies and fruit completely so that you’re getting the fiber AND the juice combined, and the fiber will help your digestive system keep moving, thereby preventing the constipation that is common with juicing.
People always ask me if smoothie fasts are “okay”. That’s a decision that’s not up to me, lovies…it’s totally up to you! Will you lose weight if you take a break from solids and go strictly smoothie? Yep. Will it be the same amount of weight loss as juicing? Possibly, but that depends on your body and what else you add to your smoothie mix. Even if the weight loss is slower, it’s STILL weight loss and your body will love you for the increased amount of fruits and veggies you’re giving it.
As for which to do (juicing vs. smoothies) for #JuicyJune, that’s up to you. It really depends on your goals, your time, and the equipment and produce you are willing to invest in.