Green juices have been popular for some time now, and rightly so. They pack a serious nutrient punch and are packed full of antioxidants. But if you are short of the crinkly stuff or have a bare fridge, what is the most cost effective and easy to find green veg that you should be reaching for when making your juice?
There are SO many benefits to adding spinach to your juice. Not only does its vibrant colour make you feel instantly healthier, but it’s packed with vitamins and minerals necessary for your body to function optimally. Adding spinach to your favourite juice recipe definitely is a smart and affordable choice (and is one that can easily be grown at home, too).
When you actually look at its nutritional profile, spinach is hard to pass up. Its array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants help to maintain regular body functions and keep you looking vibrant. It only takes a handful or two in your juicer to reap the benefits of this healthiest of leafy greens, and the delicate, sweet flavor is a welcome addition to any juice recipe.
What It’s Got
Its really amazing how many important nutrients are in these delicate little leaves. Copious amounts of vitamin A & K, generous helpings of folate and other B vitamins.
Spinach also contains a huge dollop of antioxidants, carotenoids and flavonoids in each serving. Spinach is also a good source of zinc, manganese, and calcium, and is one of the best plant sources of iron and protein. Talk about bang for your buck!
Why It Helps
If you want to look young and vibrant, spinach will offer your body the building blocks it needs for healthy skin, hair and nails. Spinach offers anti-aging benefits, as its vitamin A content helps your skin retain moisture, improving texture and offering a lovely glow to your complexion. High levels of protein contribute to strong, healthy hair, and the calcium content in spinach works to support bone health.
Not only does spinach improve your health on the outside, it also improves your insides. The high levels of chlorophyll and anti-inflammatories are thought to help your body fight cancer while potassium may help with cardiovascular issues and stroke prevention. You’ll have more energy and enhanced immune function too, all in a little glass of juice.
How It Tastes
While spinach has long been revered for its nutritional profile, it has not always been lauded for its flavor profile. Served fresh in juices, smoothies and salads, spinach can be bright and delightful, but overcook it and it’s texture and taste give it a bad reputation. It also blends easily with other fruits and veggies, so you won’t even notice it’s there. Except that you’ll feel and look great.
If you’re convinced that spinach is really something you should include in your diet, but aren’t into salads or leafy green dinners, juicing it may be the perfect way to sneak it in. Here are a few juice recipes for those of you who are a little suspicious of a glass of green juice - one sip and you’ll be hooked.
Always select fresh, bright greens, and discard any limp or wilted leaves. Spinach can be sandy so be sure to clean it very well before using. Wash produce and juice in order listed. Each recipe makes about 4 servings of fresh juice.
Blues and Greens
1 pint blueberries
1 bunch spinach
4 granny smith apples
juice of one lemon
Sweet and Cool
½ bunch mint
1 bunch spinach
4 bartlett pears
Tropical and Fresh
2 mangoes, peeled and pitted
1 bunch spinach
1 inch piece of ginger
1 pineapple, peeled with core
Honestly, if you couldn’t see the tell tale bright green color that spinach offers your morning juice, you would not know that it is in any of these recipes. But the good thing is, your body will know, and the world will know, because the benefits of juicing with spinach will shine through.
Until next time.
Peace and juice :)