Green Smoothies vs. Green Drinks

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Juicing and Blending

What is the difference between green drinks and green smoothies? Not very much. In my mind they are one in the same; I use them interchangeably.

However, for the Semantic, I would classify green drinks as more of a green juice and green smoothies as more of a green shake, as opposed to a milkshake. You can also read about the benefits of juicing vs. blending.

Green Drinks

This is derived from “juicing”, and can contain all sorts of fruits, vegetables, nuts, etc (as long as there is at least one leafy green vegetable). The pulp is discarded and only the liquid juice is consumed.

Green Smoothies

This is the same as above except it is made by putting all the ingredients in a blender thereby retaining all the fibrous pulp.

Either one is incredibly healthy for you and should be a normal part of your diet.

The pure juice is great for a quick pick-me-up or when you need a rush of nutrients. The smoothie is a great all-around meal replacement.

I usually have a green smoothie (shake) for breakfast and a green drink (juice) after work. That way I can get all the vitamins, minerals, and fiber I need in the morning and have a quick jolt of energy in the evening before dinner. It helps me eat less too.

Which do you prefer, drinks or smoothies?

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Pam September 5, 2012

The Healthy Green Drink is one of the most beautifully illustrated books that I have ever seen. Leo Quijano II is an outstanding photographer although I do not care for his use of the English language. Can’t wait to try some of the drinks . .they sound delicious!

Jason Manheim September 5, 2012

Thanks, Pam! I’ll let Leo know you love his work and I’ll be sure to wash his mouth out with a bar of soap. … curious, what provoked that comment?

tom December 6, 2013

hi: bought the book. Can I blend the juice recipes, as I don’t have a juicer.

Jason Manheim December 7, 2013

You can try. Some of them have hard ingredients like carrots or beets that don’t do well in a blender. Use your best judgement and perhaps add more liquid when needed.

deileo January 7, 2014

Juicing is completely different then blending. A juicer separates the liquid nutrients from the pulp (which when finished is dry). There are two types of juicers a masticating juicer (more juice, less foam/oxidation, slower process, quiet) and a spinning blade (faster, louder, more foam). I would suggest investing in a juicer and not wasting produce trying to blend to get the same effects.

Jason Manheim January 7, 2014

I’m not sure Tom was trying to get the same effect, i.e. juice without the pulp. I think he was just asking if he could use the juice recipes as if they were smoothie recipes, keeping both juice and pulp. But I could be wrong.

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