Although the boys still enjoy a Boost Juice now and then, when it comes to nutrient density, you can’t beat a home-made smoothie. And since we found out about Super Sprout, we have upped the ante on our Fruit and Veggie Smoothies – it’s no longer 5 a day or even 7 a day, it’s more like 13 a day. With the Super Sprout powders, we can pack in a little more fruit and veggie power without adding extra bulk to our smoothies. That means we can add more to each smoothie.
Super Sprout is also great for adding veggies like Carrots without affecting the consistency of the smoothie.
Here’s what’s in our typical smoothie:
- Strawberries – Super Sprout plus fresh strawberries
- Blueberries – Super Sprout plus fresh blueberries
- Apple – Super Sprout plus one fresh apple
- Carrots – Super Sprout plus a small piece of carrot (because carrots thicken the smoothies too much)
- Beetroot – Super Sprout
- Wheatgrass – Super Sprout
- Barleygrass – Super Sprout
Even though we encourage the boys to eat greens with their meals, I don’t think we could ever get them to consume this much in a day without a smoothie. Certainly, I would never be able to get them to eat carrots, celery, or beetroot willingly. Even I struggle with raw celery. But this is really easy to drink…
With all the recent hype about juicing, I decided to look in a little into the benefits of juicing versus blending… So what’s the difference? Here’s what I got from Food Matters and Incredible Smoothies:
- juicing extracts water and nutrients and discards the indigestible fiber making it easier for your digestive system to absorb the nutrients, therefore you are able to consume larger quantities of nutrients from juicing than if you were to eat the fruits and vegetables whole.
What’s Not So Good
- removing the fiber means the juice is absorbed very quickly into the blood stream. If your juice is mainly fruits, it will cause a rapid spike in blood sugar and unstable blood sugar levels can lead to mood swings, energy loss, and memory problems.
- since fiber is also filling, removing it means that juice is not as filling.
- juices oxidise rapidly so it is important to drink it soon after making it.
- the addition of fiber into the smoothie helps to slow the release of nutrients into the blood stream and avoid sugar spikes.
- since fiber is beneficial for digestive function and overall health, it is beneficial to keep it.
- smoothies do not oxidise as quickly which gives you a little more time to consume it.
What’s Not So Good
- it’s harder to incorporate vegetables like carrots that alter the smoothie consistency (although we bypass this problem with Super Sprout powders).
- it is less nutrient dense compared to juices (again, we’ve tried to overcome this with the addition of Super Sprout powders).
So I guess for our purposes, we’ll still be sticking to a smoothie.