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Juicing vs. Smoothies

Posted on February 20 2017

Smoothies aren't juice?! 

Juicing is actually a different concept and it is actually a healthier option. 

The sad truth is, smoothies can contain a lot of added sugar that just isn't found in raw juices. Smoothies still have their place for meal replacements, but juicing is sweeping the nation as an effective lifestyle change. 
Juicing is actually the key to success in Kris Carr's Crazy Sexy Diet Cleanse. Replacing meals with home made veggie and fruit juice blends keep you full and cleans out toxins in your body. Juicing gives you the most amount of nutrients that your body can digest quickly and efficiently. 
When you combine a hearty water intake and a juice regimen, you can reduce the plaque in your blood, balance your digestive system and flush out toxins in your liver and kidneys. Juices are a better option for getting the most nutrients into the body. In order to get the same amount of nutrients that you get from one glass of juice, you'd have to drink several smoothies.
Some of the juice ingredients that follow Kris Carr's cleanse that can be combined for a mix of bright colors and complex flavors:
Beets/beet greens
Broccoli
Cabbage 
Carrot
Cauliflower
Celery
Cucumber
Fermented veggies (like kimchi)
Garlic
Green beans
Green peas
Kale
Sea veggies
Spinach
Sprouts!
Sweet potatoes
Wild greens
Apple
Apricot
Avocado
Banana
Berries
Cantaloupe
Cherries
Coconut, fresh
Currants
Dates, dried
Figs, dried
Grapes
Grapefruit
Lemon
Lime
Muskmelons
Nectarine
Orange
Peach
Pear
Pineapple
Raisins
Raspberries
Rhubarb
Strawberries
Tangerine
Tropical fruits
Watermelon
Almonds, tempeh, tofu
Apple cider vinegar
Bee pollen
Green juices
Mineral water
Molasses, blackstrap, agave
Probiotic cultures
A juice routine isn't just healthy, it's delicious. You'll be able to incorporate all of your daily fruits and veggies into one glorious elixir that will fill you up and give you lasting energy. Smoothies aren't getting a bad rep here and still have their place in a healthy lifestyle of raw and wholesome foods. 
Smoothies can replace meals (because they're high in fiber and digest more slowly) or supplement a healthy diet rich in antioxidants and whole foods. Smoothies have a leg up on juices as they incorporate the nutrient rich skin and rind of a bunch of fruits and veggies. In Carr's cleanse, she incorporates the perfect mix of smoothies, juices and plant proteins. If you don't own a juicer, fear not. Both juices and smoothies offer a variety of different benefits that'll help you get on track to a healthy lifestyle.

We snagged a few of our favorite recipes from the health guru Kris Carr for delicious smoothies and juices.

Calming Green

This smoothie is a go-to in our home. I love the refreshing additions of cilantro and mint, and avocado creates a luscious texture. If you don’t happen to have grapes handy, try kiwi or honeydew melon in their place. If you do have grapes, oh boy, you’re gonna be happy.

  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1 cup green grapes
  • 1/4 Hass avocado
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, leaves and stems, tightly packed
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, tightly packed
  • 1 cup spinach, tightly packed
  • 1 1/4 cups water

1. Wash and prep all ingredients.

2. In a high-speed blender, blend all ingredients. Serve.

Orange Uplift

This sunny, sweet, refreshing juice is a wonderful morning wake-up call. There’s no actual orange in here, but cantaloupe and carrots help to create a vibrant color. Cantaloupe is a superstar source of vitamins A and C, both of which help to keep your skin and eyes healthy and your immune system strong. Cantaloupe is also rich in potassium, which aids in hydration and helps to keep your blood pressure steady.

Pro tip: To make this mixture slightly less sweet, try substituting one cucumber for the carrots.

  • 2 cups cantaloupe cubes
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 1/2 head romaine lettuce (about 8 to 10 leaves)

1. Wash and prep all ingredients.

2. Juice all ingredients.

Berry Protein Power

Berries and chocolate are like Fred and Ginger—a beloved pair. Hemp seeds and kale make this smoothie especially nutrient dense, plus the combination of banana and almond milk make it oh-so-creamy.

  • 1 large banana, frozen
  • 1 cup blueberries, frozen
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk or nondairy milk of choice
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
  • 1 cup kale, leaves only, tightly packed

1. Wash and prep all ingredients.

2. Blend and serve.

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