Lighten up for summer: Whole Juice vs Smoothies

It’s definitely warm now here in South Carolina and time for cold (in my case, cool) drinks. Smoothies are great anytime of the year, but summer for me requires lighting up. Heavy meals and feeling stuffed don’t fair well most anytime, but especially when it’s hot. But what if you still what to get all the whole food goodness into you? My solution: whole juice.

It really comes down to a texture thing. Smoothies are usually thicker versus juice which is more liquid. The recipe for the accompanying video still incorporates the entire fruit/green/vegetable, so you get the fiber as well as the nutrients. You’ll get a better idea of the texture in the video and you’ll find the recipe just under it.

Recipe (tweak to your liking):

Dandelion leaves (I used 6- 4″ leaves)

Beet (about a 2oz piece)

1 1/2 tsp acerola cherry powder

2 tsp  raw honey

16-20 oz water


1 oz of apple cider vinegar

4 oz of ginger water kefir + the ginger pieces.


Add 3 ice cubes and blend again. #yum

I’ll surely be playing with whole juices this summer.  Do you have a favorite drink to enjoy in the summer? Or what whole juices are thinking of trying?

I also did this Sunday’s Let’s Chat on lightening up your emotions. You can watch that episode here.

So what do you think?

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