- Absorption of Nutrients
Drinking fresh juice made with real veggies mixed in is like giving yourself a nutrient shot. When the veggies are blended together right on the spot your body is able to soak them up quickly because they have already been partially broken down which makes the digestion process easier and more efficient. The body can also easily process fine powders, although studies have shown that they may not retain some of the enzymes that are important and needed for absorption. It’s good to be aware of the brands of greens you are using and do some research and comparisons.
Veggies are very fibrous and we need fiber in our body on the daily that’s why eating vegetables is so good for us! Green juices are mostly stripped of their fiber during the juicing process, if you have a juicer at home you can always hold onto some of the pulp created in the juicing process and put some pulp into your juice to make it more fibrous. When it comes to juices (mixed in a Vitamix or a Nutribullet) actually pulverizes the greens and doesn’t remove any fiber! Green powders have minimal amount of fiber because the product consumed is so small and concentrated so if you are using a green powder you may need to look into an alternative source to get additional fiber in your diet.
Not all juices and powders are created equal. Research suggests choosing a powder that’s at least 50% organic and was processed with protection from UV light, heat, and moisture (this ensures that the chlorophyll and nutrient content is maintained). Research also suggests avoiding brands that have a lot of fillers such as whole grasses, pectin, lecithin, rice bran or flax.
Freshness matters as well, drinking a fresh juice immediately after it is made is the best strategy as it will lose certain nutrients the longer that it sits.
Juices have lots of variety and if the green taste is too much for you, you can add (a LITTLE!) fruit, ginger, or lemon a slice of apple, even celery or cucumber can help. Powders will vary with taste, some are sweet some are bland and also some can be pretty tasty!
- Calories and Sugar
Powders in general have less calories than juices – powders can be around 30 calories compared to juices which are around 200+. That said the additional calories are classified as “good calories” meaning it’s coming from produce the body needs, the only issue can be sugar, especially if the juice is light on greens and higher on fruits. Powders generally don’t have added sugars and are more densely concentrated with greens than fruits.
So, what is the best choice?
Your goal should be to get your greens in for EVERY meal and we are talking even breakfast! On the days when it is harder to get all of those servings of greens in, we recommend first a green juice…go heavy on the greens (very little fruit) and if you can, blend it so you receive all of that fiber. If making or grabbing a juice is still not in the cards have green powder as a backup up or in addition to it. Choose a high quality, organically sourced greens powder you can keep on hand! Whatever you choose make for the green!