Is there a difference? Yep! And they both offer different benefits, so I try to include a few of each throughout the week.
No fiber. In a juice - you are only getting the liquid from the fruit and veggies.
Digests quickly. Without the fiber, the body can quickly digest and absorb the nutrients from the fruit and veggies. If you add too much fruit - the quick absorption can cause a spike in blood sugar - so try to keep the fruit content low.
Energy boost. Quick absorption of nutrients will also give you a boost in energy right away.
Full of flavor. Flavors will be much more noticeable when juiced.
Perishable. You may start to see separation right away, so it's best to consume immediately after making.
...Annoying. Ugh, juicing and cleaning the juicer are not fun. I prefer to get my juices from the juice bar!
Lots of fiber. In a smoothie, you are getting a pulverized version of the whole fruit or veggie.
Also easy to digest. The blender will break the fruit and veggie fiber down making it easier to digest. You should also experience a slow release of nutrients into the blood stream, avoiding blood sugar spikes.
Filling. The fiber content will keep you satisfied, making a smoothie a great meal replacement.
Experiment with add-ins. Add superfoods, protein powder (plant-based!), nut butters or nut milks.
Hide the greens. When you blend spinach or kale, you can mask the flavor with fruit and add-ins.
Increased shelf life. You can make a batch in advance and keep it for a few days in the refrigerator or even freeze single portions.
Easy to make. And cleaning is a breeze. Just add water and dish soap and run the blender.
My favs (lately)
Smoothie :: kale // spinach // apple // banana // lemon // mint
Juice :: carrot // apple // orange // lemon