Juicing seems to be “the in thing” right now. Everyone is drinking green juice and getting their greens. Except me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still getting my greens and sometimes drinking green things but it’s not juice. I don’t get the whole “juice” thing. I’m more of a blender. Smoothies are more my thing.
Lately I’ve been drinking a smoothie or two a day. I was inspired by the book “The Body Reset Diet.” But please, please, please note – I am not following this diet. I am simply being inspired by some of his words and points (valid points) that he brings up in the book. There is no way on Earth I could survive off 3 smoothies a day for 5 days straight.
You see, on “The Body Reset Diet” there are three phases, I won’t go into too much detail because that’s why he is selling the book. In the first varies phases you drink smoothies, eat snacks and walk. Walking is the only exercise he recommends during phase one and well, that’s not me. I enjoy my time at the gym. I enjoy lifting weights. I enjoy spinning.
And besides, diets don’t work. Moderation works.
So why smoothies over juice. Well, for one, my smoothies contain the calories of a meal with a balance of carbs, fat and protein. All three of those components are necessary and vital to our health. Juice contains one of those components – carbs (in the form of sugar, yes, natural sugar, but still sugar). Juice is not a meal. Secondly, when you juice, you remove all the GOOD stuff and it gets left behind to go into the trash or compost. That “trash” is fiber. Which is so, so, so important. Most American’s don’t get the recommended 25 grams of fiber each day. When you juice an apple, you’re left with just the juice. But when you blend an apple, you get all the nutrients, including the fiber that’s find throughout the fruit and mostly in the skin. Also, you can blend protein and fat. You can’t juice protein and fat.
A typical smoothie for me includes a protein (almond milk with Greek yogurt or protein powder), carbs (apples, bananas, grapes, berries – pretty much any fruit you can think of) and fat (nut butters, flax, chia seed, avocado). I also like to add green to my diet. Up until this week, the green was spinach. Spinach is tasteless. I promise! But I branched out this week and tried baby kale. Love! But I would recommend starting with the spinach. Without one of those components it’s just not a complete meal. Smoothies run you at about 300 to 350 calories. So if I’m drinking smoothies, I am snacking more to make sure I’m getting enough calories. Also, sometimes I’ll leave the fat out of the smoothie and eat that on the side.
Am I trying to lose weight? No. The number that appears on the scale doesn’t matter to me at all. But I do feel lighter this week. Is it something that I’ll do for the rest of time? Nope. I probably won’t drink a smoothie this weekend or over the honeymoon (but I will be drinking pina coladas).
So there you have it. That’s why I’m drinking smoothies. And that’s why I’m not drinking juice.