People often ask me what’s the best way to store a green smoothie or juice for later. Fresh is always best, but I also love the idea of making a double batch to save time; it’s far better to have a smoothie or juice that you’ve stored in the refrigerator overnight than a bagel or afternoon coffee break.
In general, smoothies keep longer than juice. My rule of thumb is that juice will keep for about 12 hours using the method below, while a smoothie will keep up to 24 hours. Just use your eyes and nose to tell – if it smells off or looks dark brown don’t drink it.
How To Store Smoothies (& Juices) For Later:
- Always make a double batch so you have a quick and healthy option in the refrigerator. You’ll have one for now and one for later.
- Store your drink in a glass container with an airtight lid. Fill the container to the very top to prevent air from being trapped in the container as air will oxidize the nutrients in your smoothie (oxidizing degrades the nutrients in your smoothie, making it less nutritious.)
- Seal your container tightly and store in the refrigerator. Above: Ball mason jar with BPA-free plastic reusable lid that I got at the hardware store for about two dollars.
- Bonus: Add lemon juice to your smoothie or juice. The extra vitamin C will also help prevent oxidation.
Happy Green Drinking!