What’s the Difference Between A Green Juice and a Green Smoothie?

This is the one question I get asked the most. And here’s my answer…

Green Juices

  • You need to have a juicer in order to make green juices
  • Extracts the liquid from your fruits and veggies and therefore contain NO fiber
  • Are easier to digest and assimilate
  • As soon as you drink your green juice, it goes straight into your blood and cells
  • It’s the easiest way to get phytonutrients in their most absorbable form because the concentrated nutrients go straight into your bloodstream
  • Are EXTREMELY alkaline (and trust me, you need alkaline)
  • Give you way more energy than coffee. In fact, coffee can’t even begin to compete with green juices
  • Will give you proper and healthy bowel movements. If you tend to get constipated from time to time, then green juices will help solve that.
  • Aids big time with weight loss
  • Low in calories
  • Curbs your appetite
  • When you drink green juices on a regular basis, it kills your cravings for sugar and refined carbs (such as pasta, rice, potatoes and processed foods)
  • You’ll consume an enormous amount of vegetables in one sitting. Even if you’re the type of person that can eat a lot, you won’t be able to consume the amount of vegetables that it takes to make one 16oz glass of green juice.

Green Smoothies

  • Any blender works but a high-powered blender such as a Vitamix or Blendtec produce the best results
  • Have a whole lot of fiber (this is very important if you normally don’t get enough fiber in your diet)
  • Are technically a meal replacement since they’re filling, satisfying and are loaded with fiber
  • Are extremely alkalizing
  • Are a great way to sneak some green leaves (such as spinach) into a child’s fruit smoothie. Especially since they won’t be able to taste the spinach and the color of the smoothie won’t be green. (They won’t even know that their strawberry, banana and yogurt smoothie contains spinach)
  • Keep your bowels regular
  • Give you an abundance amount of energy
  • Are a great way to ‘eat’ your veggies without realizing it
  • Are easy and quick to make. Cleaning the blender afterwards is easier than cleaning a juicer
  • Costs less money than green juices.
  • Are low in calories
  • Aid in weight loss
  • Will help keep you hydrated because they contain a lot of water. Not to mention that the veggies and fruits you put in them are water based.
  • Are easy to digest
  • Can be made in quantity and be refrigerated for up to 3 days (although fresh is best)
  • Help reduce the cravings of junk food. Your body will start to crave healthy food instead

As you can see, there are actually many similarities between green juices and green smoothies.

But in a nutshell…

Green juices contain no fiber and as soon as you drink them, they go straight into your blood and cells. This is extremely beneficial for people who are sick and who have Cancer because their bodies need all the nutrients it can take. Also, when you’re sick, it helps to give your body some rest and by drinking green juices, their digestive system will be taking a break.

Green smoothies on the other hand have tons of fiber (which fiber of course is important) and are meal replacements.

To make a green juice, here’s the formula:

  • You need a base (either 1 cucumber, 2 or 3 carrots or 1 apple)
  • You need green leaves (any combo of spinach, kale, arugula, swiss chard, romaine lettuce, mustard greens, etc.). You may use more than one of the above.
  • Always start with the base and your choice of greens, if that’s enough juice for you, then you’re done. But if it’s not enough, then fill the rest up with filler veggies (root vegetables, celery or half a beet)
  • On average, I tend to only put about 3 or 4 ingredients in my green juices. I also tend to not worry about what goes in. Whatever fresh, organic produce looks good in the grocery store is what I buy and each week I tend to buy different ones so that my body gets the different nutrients it needs.
  • Don’t put water or ice in the juicer. Only the vegetables, fruits and green leaves.

When you’re new to juicing, you will be shocking your taste buds since for some people, the taste of a green juice is an acquired taste. So in the beginning, always use an apple as your base. The apple will make it taste sweeter.

To make a green smoothie, here’s the formula:

  • You need some sort of liquid to blend it all. It can either be water, coconut water, or almond milk (or any type of milk that you prefer). If you’re going to be putting fruits into your smoothie, I DON’T recommend you add fruit juice as your choice of liquid because then your smoothie will contain too much sugar.
  • Add some fruit
  • Add some green leaves (I prefer spinach but you can add whichever you currently have in your fridge).

That is the formula for a ‘newbie to the world of green smoothies.’ As you get used to drinking green smoothies, you can put less fruit and more veggies so that it can contain less sugar.

Green juices and green smoothies are both really good for you. The next question I get asked is, ‘Should I Juice or Blend?’ I’ll reserve the detailed answer in my next blog post but just to give you the quick jist of it…

You need to consider if you want to invest in a juicer or will you simply use your blender.

The cost is also another difference. Making a green smoothie tends to cost less than making a green juice.

Written by Dennisse Lisseth

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23 thoughts on “What’s the Difference Between A Green Juice and a Green Smoothie?

  1. Denise, Thanks for this article. A quick note: It is misleading to say you can’t make green juice with a blender. Admittedly, it takes more work, but it can be done. My sister taught me how to juice years ago with just a basic blender. Juicers are pricey, and I’d hate for folks to think they can’t have the benefits of fresh green juice without one. I’d also love to see an entry on green juice powder alternatives if folks really can’t do fresh juice. I use one recommended by one of the country’s foremost health experts. It’s not quite AS good, but almost! Thanks for all of your good writings.

  2. Suggestions on good quality blenders that could be used for these types of things, that don’t cost $300-$400? even $200 is out of my price range, and $150 is stretching it actually. $100 pretty much the most I could go……

    1. Hi Susan, I don’t personally have a suggestion for a high-powered blender that costs around $100 because I never had good luck with several models. That’s the reason I purchased a Vitamix. Perhaps you could try googling it and also looking it up on Consumer Reports. I’m sure many people have blogged about the different blenders and which ones are best in different price points.

    2. My wife and I just started blending a few weeks ago and we are loving our Ninja Master Prep. We picked ours up for about $40. It includes a pitcher and a smaller bowl (for smaller batches) with two sets of blades. It’s kind of a mix between a food processor and a blender, but it’s worked great for us so far, especially for the price. They have actual blenders and other things as well if you want to check them out. We picked our Master Prep up at Wal-mart, but you can see their whole line here:

      http://www.ninjakitchen.com/productListing.shtml

      Again, we’ve only been using them for a couple weeks, so if anyone else has had a bad experience with them, we just may not have gotten that far yet. But $40 is hard to whine about.

  3. Thank you for this post Dennisse, this info will definitely come in handy for me. Heidi if you dont mind, kindly give us tips on how to make green juices using a blender.

  4. I use a Juiceman Jr. and have had no problems with juicing to make green drinks. I purchased it several years ago from Target for about $70. I also own a Vitamix and make smoothies more in the summer months. The hardest part of juicing is the time element. Not too bad but on days when I’m rushed I use Nutraburst powder for my alkaline & powerfoods fix.

  5. This is such a wonderful article! I have been making smoothies lately to replace some sweets and love the idea of green juice. I will be trying this for sure.

    Thank you,
    Sharon @ Sharon the Moments

  6. Hi Denisse,
    I want to thank you for this nice article. I have been juicing for about 4 years now and what i do when I need a protein breakfast smoothie I juice kale, spinach and cucumbers, I call it “my green juice” and with that I make my fruit smoothies in my blender, so delicious, I don’t ever use water, just real juice from the veggies or apples too. Keep up the great information!
    Laura

  7. I just started seriously juicing last week. I love the fresh taste. I am determined to squash my addiction to sugar. I have also started walking and jogging with my dog. I excercise, but for the last two years, have not been consistent about it. I have also had problems keeping on track with my nutritional needs. The sugar has been a huge issue. I have set some simple rules for myself and am taking it day by day. I feel better already. Thanks for your blog.

  8. The Nutrabullet costs $99. It’s a great blender/juicer. Has a high powered engine for this reason.

  9. My husband a d I love the Nutri bullet! Purchased from Target new years day. Super easy to clean and use. Just rinse and go every morning for breakfast. $99

  10. Thank you for this article! I bought my juicer at wal-mart for $50 and it works great. I’ve never had a problem with it. I do have one question though..why should we not add ice to our juice? I’ve never heard that before.

    1. She said don’t run ice through the juicer. Adding ice to a glass of already made juice is fine.

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