While freshly pressed juices are full of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals, they are also full of fast-acting sugar. Once the juice is extracted from the fruits, it leaves behind the precious fibre required for better digestion and weight loss. The amount of sugar in fresh juice depends on the fruits and vegetables used in the recipe. A 50-50 blend of veggies and fruits will be really high in sugar. A better ratio will be 20:80 of fruits and veggies.
Blending is always a better option when compared to juicing. Blending some veggies, fruits with almond milk, protein powder, chia seeds makes for a more filling and healthy meal or snack. Smoothies and shakes with a balance of ingredients have a better macronutrient profile, are more filling and full of essential nutrients. Smoothies are way more satiating as compared to juices, which helps you binge less and lose weight.
Commercially prepared smoothies and juices can load you with a few extra calories and hamper your weight loss programme. Also, studies have found when people drink their calories, they do not compensate by eating less later in the day. Over time these additional calories lead to undesirable weight gain.
To make the nutritional profile of your smoothie even better, try adding any of these nutritional superstars; turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, raw nut butter, raw cocoa, avocado or virgin coconut oil. The best fruits to add will be berries as they are highly nutritious and are rich in fibre as well.