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The Great Debate: Juicing vs. Smoothies

Sometimes it seems like a case of Red Sox vs. Yankees fans – strong supporters for each team who would never dream of crossing over to support the other side. But unlike baseball, there is quite a bit to be gained from sampling the best of both worlds.

Let’s break down the benefits of smoothies and fresh juice during a Reboot.


Equipment: Blender
Price: There are lots of good ones on the market and most are inexpensive
Process: Load up the blender with clean, fresh or frozen fruits, veggies like green leafys (swiss chard or spinach for example) and liquid like coconut water. Off your Reboot try almond, hemp or soy milk, cacao nibs or chia seeds for fun.
Benefits: Phytonutrients found in the skin and flesh of fruits and veggies. Loads of fiber from the whole fruit and vegetables.

Fiber is important for regulating blood sugar, keeping bowels regular, aiding in hunger control, may help prevent certain types of cancers.


Equipment: Juicer/juice extractor
Price: Varies ($99-399)
Process: Push clean produce (fruits and veggies) through the chute. For more tips and ideas visit:
Benefits: Juicing removes the insoluble fibers (but the soluble fiber remains in the juice). Important micronutrients typically more difficult to absorb become accessible. These nutrients include digestive enzymes and certain phytonutrients.

In the end, including both smoothies and fresh juice can be a healthy and delicious way to boost the amount of micronutrients in your diet.

Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist

Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist

Stacy is the nutritionist for Reboot with Joe. She is a Senior Clinical Nutritionist at Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. She also writes for online health and nutrition sites and works in private practice with her husband Dr. Russell Kennedy, Stacy opened Stacy's Juice Bar in Needham, MA with Stacy Madison, founder of Stacy's Pita Chip company, Stacy is a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor through the American College of Sports Medicine. Stacy received a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from Indiana University, completed her Dietetic Internship at Massachusetts General Hospital and earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently resides in Wellesley where she loves cooking healthy, juicing, hiking, practicing yoga and spending time with her husband, two sons, three dogs and friends.

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