Many (busy) clients often ask me how they can store a green smoothie or juice for later. Let me be clear on this, fresh is always best. Especially when it comes to a juice (not prepared with a slowjuicer) it’s best to consume immediately. However, it’s a little bit different when it comes to a green smoothie where the fibres are still preserved. Making a double batch to have an extra smoothie for later is of course ideal. And it’s far better to have a smoothie or juice that you’ve stored in the refrigerator overnight than a sugary unhealthy snack or breakfast in the morning.
So in general, smoothies keep longer than juices do. Normally a juice (prepared with a slowjuicer) will keep for about 12 hours using the method below, while a smoothie will keep up to 24 hours. Always use your eyes and nose to tell. Weird smell? Dark brown? Don’t drink it.
How to store a smoothie or juice?
- Store your drink in a glass container with an airtight lid (such as a Mason jar). Fill the container to the rim to prevent air from being trapped in the jar. Air will oxidize the nutrients in your smoothie (oxidizing will degrade the nutrients in your smoothie making it less nutritious).
- Seal your container tightly and store immediately in the refrigerator.
- Bonus: Add lemon juice to your smoothie or juice as this will work as a preservative. The extra vitamin C will also help prevent oxidation.
Enjoy your green smoothie/juice!
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