I could be wrong but I’m pretty sure that the one burning question that I get, as a health coach, in the world of eating clean and green is ~ do I juice or blend? The quick answer would be ~ they are both beneficial, it really just depends on what your particular health goal and status is in the moment. Juicing, simply put, separates the juice of the fruit or veggie from most of the fiber (the bulk) and creates a drink that is easily, and quickly, absorbable by your body. The vitamins, minerals and enzymes get into your cells incredibly fast giving you an almost instant health boost. Juicing is a super sneaky way to give yourself a ton of good stuff without having to sit and eat a head of kale, 3 cucumbers and an apple! But…yep, there’s a but. Most of the fiber is removed (and fiber is so good for our digestive systems) and juices (due to the lack of bulk) tend to not be very filling. They can leave you looking for more shortly after you’ve finished hand-pulling all of the pulp that’s left in the filter of your juicer. Ugh.

watermelon smoothie

  Blending, on the other hand, leaves the entire piece of fruit or vegetable in tact which, in turn, means you’re getting oodles of necessary fiber into your system. This higher intake of nutrients and bulk can help to improve your good cholesterol (HDL or ‘happy’) and to lower your unhealthy cholesterol (LDL or ‘loser’), it also helps you go to the bathroom more regularly and, when you clean out your ‘pipes’ daily you are almost guaranteed to feel lighter (mentally and physically), happier (almost all of our serotonin, the neurotransmitter that is responsible for helping us to ‘feel good’ is produced in our guts) and way less guilty (because clearly you are making much better food choices). Makes sense now, right? David Wolfe recommends that beginners definitely ‘juice so that they get all of the energy but none of the fiber, which is really what one wants in the beginning because they’re not used to dealing with large amounts of fiber.’ What he’s trying to say nicely is that you need to pace yourself otherwise you’re going to need a bigger size of pants due to an increase in bulk that just isn’t moving through you! If I had to sum it all up, and I do, I would enjoy both juicing and smoothing as a part of my daily eating routine. There are huge benefits to both and they both have an important role to play in your health. I would, however, dabble with juices first and the occasional smoothie and work my way up to more smoothies once I was confident that my system was enjoying them ~ aka, you’re pooping. alot.

If juicing and blending and all things clean and green get your juices flowing, make sure to join me for my online Winter 2014 Cleanse that’s happening from Jan. 19-29. The full details (and an early bird rate) are coming next week but know that it’s going to be gentle, nourishing, delicious and full of nerdy nutrition advice, resources and links to my favorite health gurus and mentors, like David Wolfe and Meghan Telpner:

Super Powered Breakfast Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: None Keywords: blender beverage breakfast dairy-free gluten-free low-sodium sugar-free vegan vegetarian whole food

Ingredients (Serves 1)

  • 2 Tbs raw almonds (soaked if possible)
  • 1 Tbs chia seeds
  • 1 Tbs goji berries
  • 1 Tbs raw cacao beans or nibs
  • 1/2 Tbs spirulina
  • 1 Tbs coconut (or 1/2 Tbs coconut oil)
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup sprouts
  • 1-2 stalks of celery
  • 1 banana
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 3 cups water
  • stevia (optional)
  • 1 Tbs flaxseeds (optional and may need to pre-grind depending on the power of your blender)
Instructions Throw in the blender and blend. Drink right away – all the fibre will start to absorb the water if you leave it too long.642-652 by Meghan Telpner   * Don’t forget to enter my ‘Warm Me Up’ giveaway before you go ~ it’s on until Thursday, Dec. 12th at 6 pm EST *

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Jodi

Together with my husband, Sensei Jim, and our 4 kids, we run London Wado Kai Karate Club in London, ON.

We specialize in teaching adults and kids ages 4+ and we pride ourselves on smaller class sizes in order to give your child our full attention.

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