Saturday, March 9, 2013

Blending and Juicing

I am often asked which is best in the morning... juices or smoothies.

My answer: they're both amazing for different reasons.

Juicing is great as it kicks in right away and provides lots of energy.  It is very hydrating and gives me what I need to have a great workout in the morning.   Juicing extracts the liquid from fruits and veggies and removes the fibrous part.  Blending smoothies are also a great option as they help you to feel fuller longer and they require a bit more work for your body to digest.   Smoothies are also easier and quicker to make.  I am going to share my two favorite morning treats with you:

Goddess Smoothie

1 avocado (peeled and cored)
1 banana
1 cup of strawberries
1 cucumber (peeled)
Fistful of kale
Coconut water (1/2 -1 cup)
Optional:  Agave to taste

Blend all ingredients in a blender and drink up!    (makes 2 servings)

Anytime Juice

2 carrots
2 celery stalks
Handful of strawberries
Handful of kale
1 orange (peeled)

Place all ingredients through a juicer and enjoy!

Juices and smoothies are a great way to start your day as they start you off with a healthy mindset that snowballs throughout your day.   If you have a favorite recipe, be sure to share it in the comments below.  I am always looking for new things to try!

In Gratitude,    Suzanne

Peace in your community; peace in your home and peace in your heart.

Suzanne Nicklas, RN, E-RYT, HHC, is owner of Shanti Yoga Studio in Troy, NY and is a Registered Nurse, Registered Yoga Teacher and Holistic Health Coach.  She holds workshops on wellness and stress management and also offers corporate classes and workshops.  You may contact her at or visit or for Health Coaching through Pink Lotus Wellness, visit


  1. For me the best health and wellness information is not just you are eating nutritious food as well as drinking healthy liquid that we intake.

  2. Yes we should drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice regularly to stay active and healthy. Wonderful recipe!!!back pain and neck pain