Updated: May 25, 2019
What classifies a processed food?
Anything prepared from the original state
Blended, cooked, fried, chopped, diced, put on the stove, in the oven.. etc.
And then there is a whole stage of things that are done in a lab, like flavour blending and testing
Most of the time when I think "processed food" I associate some kind of negative energy to it, which is not necessarily a fair thing to do.
Blending a smoothie at home is a form of a processed food. However the difference would be when we compare that to a commercial smoothie purchased from the grocery store which would also be pasteurized.
The degree to processing matters
There is a difference between commercially processed foods and home-prepared processed foods.