Food Fight!: Smoothie vs. Juice

smoothie and juice

Which is the healthier pick, a blended smoothie or a refreshing juice? These two drinks battle it out in the latest food fight!

A quick all-in-one breakfast, the smoothie combines a variety of ingredients like low-fat Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, milk, milk alternatives and 100% fruit juice. Some smoothies use sherbet or sorbet for a cold, smooth consistency. Almond or peanut butter, flaxseed, rolled oats, avocado, spinach and other wholesome ingredients can be mixed and matched. The possibilities are truly endless.

Using full-fat ingredients like whole milk or large portions of higher fat, healthy ingredients (like nut butters or avocado) can sabotage even a wholesome smoothie. And when large glasses of any blended ingredients are poured as one serving (exceeding about 12 fluid ounces) the calories can start going into the 500-plus range — definitely defeating the purpose of a quick and healthy snack or meal.

Fruit juice also has its pros and cons. Juice can absolutely be part of a healthy eating plan but only if it’s 100% fruit or vegetable juice. Other juice imposters are basically water and added sugar. Portions are another big concern.

Four fluid ounces of 100% fruit juice contain about 60 calories and count as a …read more