Apricot Smoothie

I very rarely eat any other fruits or vegetables besides my favorites, so to break away from routine a little bit I decided to look for a new smoothie flavor and thats when I ran across this Apricot Smoothie at Fitness Magazine

I must say that this smoothie recipe was good and different. It is the first time I have ever had toasted wheat germ and it was not as bad as I thought it would be, I think it is actually the ingredient that tied the smoothie together.

If it’s not already you should definitely add it to your list of smoothies to try (soon)!

INGREDIENTS:
3/4 cup soy milk
4 apricot halves (if not in season use canned apricots packed in juice)
2 tablespoons orange-juice concentrate
2 tablespoons toasted wheat germ
1/2 your choice of nuts
1 banana

In a blender or food processor, blend all ingredients together.

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Smoothies vs Juicing

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Whats the difference between Juicing and Smoothies?

Smoothies are made in a blender and contain all parts of the food, including the fiber and pulp.

Juicing involves taking vegetables and fruit and using a special juice extractor or citrus press to extract ONLY the juice of these foods.

Benefits of Smoothies

*Smoothies are a Meal. You can easily add protein ingredients (yogurt, milk, whey, eggs) to the smoothie or shake, making it a more balanced, nutritious meal.

*Smoothies Stabilize Blood Sugar and Energy Levels. Because smoothies contain fiber, the sugar and calories from smoothies are more slowly absorbed into the blood stream. As a result, your blood sugar levels remain stable and so does your energy. Juice, however, gives you a jolt of energy and vitality.

*Smoothies keep you full. Since smoothies contain fiber, you will feel full longer. High fiber content means longer time to digest, meaning you won’t become hungry very quickly.

*Smoothies Promote Regularity. Because of the fiber, smoothies help keep your digestive tract moving and provide “good” bacteria needed for good digestion.

*Smoothies Promote Weight Loss. Juice goes down quickly, is digested quickly and is absorbed into the blood stream quickly. What does that mean? You become hungry and need more food quickly. Smoothies, however, keep you feeling full and less hungry, helping you to fight off cravings and hunger pains. Since juicing requires many fruit and vegetables, the juice – ounce for ounce – is higher in calories and sugar than a smoothie.

Benefits of Juicing

*Juice Allows for Faster Absorption of Nutrients: Because there is no fiber, juicing fruit and vegetables reportedly provides the most concentrated and readily absorbed source of vitamins and minerals. Removing fiber from the food means that there is hardly any digestive work needed to process the food.

*Most of us have impaired digestion and that are bodies are limited in absorbing all the nutrients from the fruit and vegetables. Juicing supposedly helps to “pre-digest” them for you, so you will receive increased nutrition.

*Juice provides more fruit and veggies, easier. Because it takes A LOT of veggies or fruit to make an ounce of juice, you supposedly get a lot more fruit and vegetables into your diet. Further, because some people find eating fruit and vegetables difficult, it supposedly is more easy to consume them through juice.

*Juice is Nutrient Dense. A good amount of what you eat when you eat fruit and vegetables is water, vitamins and minerals, AND fiber. However, when you remove the fiber, all you get is the water and vitamins and minerals. This concentration is said to supercharge the system with phytonutrients which are important in warding off disease, cancer and other degenerative illnesses.

*Juice Cleans Your Liver. Juice helps to detoxify and de-sludge our liver.

*Juice Helps with Anti-Depression. As a result of the high concentration of minerals contained in juice, such as magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium, and folic acid, there is reason to believe that juicing can help fight symptoms of depression.

*Juice Helps with Anti-Aging. As a result of the high concentration of antioxidants in juice, they believe that consuming juice can combat the damaging effects that free radicals have on skin, muscle and our internal organs. Antioxidants also help to ward off wrinkles and keep muscles toned.

Why Smoothies?

Smoothies Are Nutritious. The fruit and vegetables you use for a smoothie all contain the same vitamins and minerals you get when you juice them. You still get all of the antioxidants and age-fighting benefits.
Smoothies Cost Less. It takes less fruit and vegetables to make a smoothie than it does to make a juice. Juicing is messy and requires more fruit and vegetables.