Making this spinach juice recipe is a quick way to get lots of vitamins and nutrients into your body and an ideal way to celebrate National Spinach Day (March 26). This veggie-packed drink with mild flavors and an impressive nutritional profile can be added to any of your meals throughout the week.
Our spinach juice calls for fresh produce that’s inexpensive and readily available everywhere. The list of added-on veggies and fruits is also easily customizable as spinach can pair nicely with just about anything!
Health Benefits of This Spinach Juice
This spinach juice is a nutrition powerhouse with fresh produce: spinach, lemon juice, and pineapple. It’s loaded with vitamin A and C for an immunity boost and antioxidant properties.
Spinach itself is especially rich in iron. Meanwhile, lemon juice offers high amounts of potassium, vitamin B6 and C — which increases the absorption of the iron in the spinach.
The addition of pineapple will naturally sweeten the drink, so you can totally leave the sugar out if preferred. Ripe and firm pineapple would be the best choice.
How To Make Spinach Juice
Run the spinach, celery, pineapple, and green grapes through a juicer. Collect the juice in a large pitcher.
Add lemon juice, sugar, and water in the spinach juice. Stir until well combined.
Divide into serving glasses without ice cubes. Served chilled if desired.
How To Tell If Spinach Has Gone Bad?
Spinach, like all other leafy greens, is highly perishable and a natural harborer of bacteria. It’s prone to going bad very quickly, which is not surprising at all.
As bacteria can build up rapidly on moldy veggies, spoiled spinach is linked to certain health risks. If you’re unsure about the below signs, please play it safe by throwing the spinach away to avoid food-borne illnesses.
For quick reference, here are common traits to determine if your spinach has gone bad:
- A change in color
Fresh spinach always shows a bright green color. Thus, discoloration of the leaves is one of the obvious signs of spinach going bad.
As the spinach ages, its leaves will start to turn darker green with brownish edges. Spinach with leaves turning black at the edges or along fold lines should be discarded.
- A change in texture
Likewise, you’ll easily spot the spinach that’s gone bad by touching its leaves. They’ll most likely be wilted and slimy, sometimes even with excessive moisture that makes them feel like mush.
- Gives off unusual odor
The easiest way to check if something has gone bad is by smelling it. Spinach will most likely smell sour and very unpleasant once it’s gone bad.
Ways To Prolong Spinach’s Shelf Life:
- Only wash the spinach right before you’re ready to consume it. As long as the spinach gets moist, it starts to get slimy and spoils more quickly — so if you’re not using it in the near future, just keep it unwashed.
- Keep the spinach away from moisture by storing it in an airtight plastic container in the vegetable drawer of the fridge.
- Look for the greenest and crispiest spinach when buying, and avoid ones with wilted leaves and discolored stems. The fresher it is at the time of purchasing, the longer it will keep in your fridge.
- Pre-packaged spinach always comes with a date printed on the label to indicate how long it will stay good for. It’s normally a period of 3-5 days time, although it often shows signs of decay on the third day.
- An unopened package of spinach can survive a little longer than an opened one. This is due to the veggies not being exposed to air and moisture, thus slowing down its deterioration by a day or two.
How Long Does This Juice Last?
This spinach juice can last a maximum of up to 3 days in the fridge, providing that the leftover juice is put into the fridge immediately rather than left at room temperature for too long.
Also, we wouldn’t suggest freezing it — the smell and taste wouldn’t be the same afterward. It’s not that time-consuming to make a fresh jug of spinach juice every time you want to enjoy one, so freezing it for months is totally not worth the risk.
Spinach Juice Recipe
- 4 oz spinach
- 8 oz green grapes
- 10 oz pineapple
- 2 oz celery
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp sugar
- Run the 4 oz spinach, 2 oz celery, 10 oz pineapple, and 8 oz green grapes through a juicer. Collect the juice in a large pitcher.
- Add 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp sugar, and 1 cup water in the spinach juice. Stir until well combined.
- Divide into serving glasses without ice cubes. Serve chilled if desired.