Spinach is considered by many a powerhouse of nutrition.
It’s just amazing how many “good for you” nutrients it contains!
That explains why your mother was nagging you to eat your spinach, even if you hated it as a child.
Of course many adults are not crazy about spinach either.
So today, I encourage you to try some spinach juice recipes.
These are excellent to help you and your kids eat spinach without nagging!
The Benefits of Spinach
Spinach has been cultivated in many parts of the world for hundreds of years, not just as a food source, but also as an important medicinal plant in many traditional systems of medicine.
Benefits of spinach juice cannot be overestimated. In the past it has often been regarded as a plant with abilities to restore energy, increase vitality, and improve the quality of the blood.
The main reason for this is that spinach nutrition provides twice as much iron as most other greens.
Other nutrients it contains include calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin A, the B-complex vitamins, Folic acid, and vitamin C. Also, spinach, like other greens that contain chlorophyll and carotene, is a remarkable protector against various diseases, including cancer, anemia, digestive problems, skin problems, as well as acting as a mild laxative.The calcium content in spinach and other dark leafy greens help strengthen bones. Women who are worried about osteoporosis should consume spinach because it is a rich source of calcium and vitamin K.
Spinach’s secret weapon, lutein, makes it one of the best foods in the world in the prevention of cataracts, as well as related macular degeneration.
In fact, when compared calorie for calorie to other vegetables, nothing is as nutrient dense as spinach, while also being very low in calories.
The good thing is that once you learn how to prepare spinach juice recipes (or spinach smoothie recipes), you’ll be consuming lots of it and it won’t matter anymore if you or your picky-eaters at home don’t enjoy munching on spinach salad!
Just adding a few spinach leaves to a your juice recipe, is so easy, tastes delicious, and it’s also incredibly good for you!
Spinach photo by marymactavish
So, how do you prepare spinach juice?
Spinach recipes for juicing, as in the case in most other greens, usually include a variety of other fruits and veggies, the reason being that juicing spinach by itself will produce juice that will be way too potent for most people to drink with pleasure.
Generally speaking, single gear juicers or twin gear juicers will do a great job with any type of greens. These juice extractors will give you a higher yield, preserving all the nutrition, thanks to lower heat production during the juicing process.
However, even if you have a centrifugal juicer you can make green juice. Here is how to go about it:
First, when buying fresh spinach it should be dark green, fresh-looking, and free from any evidence of decay. Slightly wilted spinach can be revived to freshness by dipping it in cold water.
To prepare spinach for juicing, wash it under running water. If using non organic spinach, you may want to soak or spray it with a biodegradable wash, then rinse. Use a salad spinner to dry.
The leaves can be used as is. You don’t need to remove the stalks, as you would for a salad.
Boll up springs of spinach in your hand and then feed into the juicer.
Introduce them one by one into the feeding chute of the centrifugal juicer, together with harder produce, such as a carrots, celery, apple, pear, etc.
That’s basically all there is to it!
All that remains to be done is to capture the nutrient-rich juice in a glass or in the juicing machine’s container, and drink to your health!
Here are a few recipes for you to try!
Spinach juice on its own is quite strong, so I encourage you to experiment mixing it with other juices, such as carrot, tomato, apple.
1 cup spinach
1 cup spinach
4 tomatoes, quartered
1/2 beet with top
1/2 cup spinach
4 to 5 medium carrots
a piece of cucumber
1 cup spinach
Drink immediately for a great nutrient-boost!
One caveat: Because of the high oxalic acid content of spinach, it is a good idea to keep your intake down to once or twice a week. Also, if you have any health issues such as kidney stones, it’s best to avoid spinach altogether. If you have any questions or concerns, speak to your doctor or nutritionist before introducing any changes to your diet.
Now that you know how to make basic spinach recipes, you can experiment with other variations on this theme.
Read more juice recipes on my blog.
Submit a Juice Recipe
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