IS BLENDED bet­ter?

With green juices and ‘su­per­food’ smooth­ies all the rage, HFG nu­tri­tion­ist Claire Turn­bull shakes up some myths and mis­con­cep­tions.

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Pack­aged juice sales from su­per­mar­kets have been in freefall in re­cent years, while drink pur­chases from juice bars and sales of per­sonal hand blenders have rock­eted. There’s no deny­ing that juices and smooth­ies are mar­keted as healthy, but some su­per­sized drinks are loaded with sugar and pack in more kilojoules than a main meal, mak­ing them a recipe for un­wanted weight gain! So, can you re­ally drink your way to good health? Let’s peel back the truth.

JUICES vs SMOOTH­IES

There are sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ences be­tween juices and smooth­ies, and each come with pros and cons. Juices are made by squeez­ing or press­ing a com­bi­na­tion of fruits and/or veg­eta­bles. The ex­tracted liq­uid is a good source of vi­ta­min C, pro­tec­tive an­tiox­i­dants and potas­sium for heart health, plus it’s an easy way to bump up your daily fruit and veg­etable serves.

Smooth­ies are made by blend­ing a com­bi­na­tion of fruit, ve­g­ies, grains, dairy, nuts and seeds. They have a much thicker con­sis­tency, so they’re of­ten fill­ing enough to have for break­fast, and they’re easy to make ahead of time. And with loads of in­gre­di­ents and flavour com­bos to choose from, you’ll never get bored.

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