Juicing vs. Smoothies vs. Energy Drinks: The Break Down

Healthier energy options have been all the rage in 2017 and everyone seems to have their preference, with discussions about juicing vs. smoothies vs. energy drinks popping up all over. They all can be beneficial additions to your diet, giving you a kick in the morning to wake you up or a boost to get you through the mid-afternoon slump, but how do you know which one is best for your lifestyle?

We’ve tallied up the pros and cons of juicing vs. smoothies vs. energy drinks using a rating scale of natural ingredients, metabolism boosters, and prep time for the ultimate level of convenience. While we all know we could benefit from adding some healthy supplements to our regular intake, it’s hard to decide which option makes the most sense for us.

Juicing vs. Smoothies vs. Energy Drinks: Pros, Cons & Conveniences

Juicing
What it is:
Juicing is the process of taking raw fruits and vegetables and putting them through a juicer machine, which extracts all the liquid inside without retaining any of the fibrous materials. The juice is packed with nutrients and vitamins that your body can easily access and digest.
Pros:

  1. Freshly squeezed
  2. Natural ingredients that come from whole foods
  3. Non-synthetic ingredients (if you buy organic & fresh)
  4. Natural metabolism boosters like folic acid, niacin, iron, or vitamins B6 and B12
  5. Vitamins found in nature like folate, potassium, magnesium, or vitamins A, C and K

Cons:

  1. The price of juicing adds up, since you need to purchase the correct equipment and fresh ingredients (which fluctuate based on season)
  2. You’ll spend quite a bit of time on your juices—you need to shop, prepare the ingredients, and make the juice (which is not very quick)—plus, wash dishes
  3. Juices have a 48-hour shelf life before they go bad, meaning you can’t make them in far in advance

Convenience:
We’ve rated juicing a 4 out of 10 for convenience because of the amount of time and money it takes to juice.

Smoothies
What they are:
To create a smoothie, you blend full fruits and vegetables with water, juice, or yogurt. By including all the meat of the fruits and veggies, you get a lot of fiber, which both fills you up, and makes it easier on your digestive system.
Pros:

  1. Fresh ingredients that you can choose based on your tastes
  2. Very filling with a great texture similar to ice cream — which makes it seem like a treat!
  3. Non-synthetic ingredients (if you buy organic & fresh)
  4. Natural metabolism boosters like folic acid, niacin, iron, or vitamins B6 and B12
  5. Vitamins found in nature like folate, potassium, magnesium, or vitamins A, C and K

Cons:

  1. The price of blending your own smoothies adds up—just like juicing—since you need to purchase the correct equipment and fresh ingredients (which fluctuate based on season)
  2. Again—like juicing—smoothies take time between the shopping, preparing, and making…not to mention the dishes afterwards
  3. Also like juicing, smoothies have the same 48-hour shelf life
  4. Smoothies can get pretty hefty in calories—adding more fruit for flavor bumps up the sugar and calorie count without adding many nutrients

Convenience:
We’ve rated smoothies 5 out of 10, because they’re quicker to make than juice, but still expensive and time consuming. Plus, the shelf-life leaves something to be desired.

Energy Drinks (like CELSIUS Naturals)
What they are:
CELSIUS Naturals are naturally sweetened and naturally caffeinated fitness drinks that are proven to accelerate metabolism, burn body fat, and provide healthy energy.
Pros:

  1. Easy to prepare (just have to pop one open!)
  2. Natural ingredients like guarana seed extract and ginger root
  3. Metabolism boosters like green tea extract and vitamins B6 and B12
  4. Only 10 calories per can (which is way less than a typical homemade juice or smoothie)
  5. Variety of flavors to fascinate your taste buds
  6. Way more cost effective than preparing your own juice and smoothies since you don’t need the equipment or fresh produce

Cons:

  1. Doesn’t have the freshly squeezed juice zing or smooth texture that reminds you of ice cream
  2. No ‘full’ feeling like you get with smoothies

Convenience:
We rate CELSIUS Naturals a 10 out of 10 on the convenience scale, because they couldn’t be simpler. You just find your local store, and enjoy!

Pick what works best for you

You’re the only one who knows what your schedule is like, so you’re the only one who can determine which option is best for adding a supplemental boost of energy and fat-burning power to your routine.

We’re obviously biased in the juicing vs. smoothies vs. energy drinks debate—but that’s because we know that CELSIUS Naturals provides vitamins and nutrients, and it is naturally sweetened. We also know that when it comes to convenience, there’s no comparison!

So next time you’re in a time crunch or too exhausted to think about standing in front of your juicer, give CELSIUS Naturals a try. You can start getting your energy back without having to work hard for it. Win-win in our book.

2018-02-13T09:35:05+00:00December 28th, 2017|Brand, Live Fit Blog|

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