A juice is thin, juicy and doesn’t contain much fibre. A juicing machine
will produce a delicious, tasty and sweet juice and chuck all the pulp out of the other end to be thrown away.
A smoothie maker or blender blends the whole of the fruit and veg into a smooth, paste-like texture (so you need to add liquid when you’re making a smoothie). A smoothie contains all of the skin, stalks and flesh, and just means you don’t have to chew it all.
But who really wants to get into the semantics of juices and smoothies?
If you chucked an apple, a stick of celery, a handful of spinach leaves and a generous dash of water into a smoothie maker (such as a NutriBullet
), technically you’d have a smoothie. But it’d feel just like drinking a juice.
On the whole, the two are used across the web interchangeably. And certainly, we do here in this post. The point is personal preference. If you prefer a thin, juice drink, then a juice is for you, whatever you use to make it. If you prefer something more substantial with a thicker consistency, more filling than a drink, then go for a smoothie.
Heck, if like us, you like both, switch between both! You might be dictated by what you have in the fridge anyway.