Ever have one of those days when you think, I just cannot eat another salad today. Well, I have those days and sometimes I skip the daily salad, especially on days with higher intensity workouts because my body just craves more substantial food, like more protein rich foods. So in the not too distant past I posed a question on my facebook gingermantra page asking if any of my followers have tried spinach or kale in their smoothies (or any green leafy vegetable for that matter). My question responses were mostly positive and those that had tried the greens in their smoothies had done so without much notice that it was added.
So on my next trip to the store I picked up a bag of fresh baby spinach from the produce department and gave it a shot in my smoothie as a late dinner alternative. I was shocked, I could not even tell that I had incorporated the spinach into my smoothie and that there was no trace of it except the Christmas color it added. I have to admit, during the first try I had to push out of my mind that I was actually drinking baby spinach in my fruit smoothie, but considering that baby spinach has little taste and is very mild in the green family, I was sold on incorporating it in all future smoothies even if I didn’t need the extra boost for lack of salad options throughout my food planning for the day.
Next came the true test, trying the smoothie out on my reluctant husband that thought I was totally crazy for putting spinach in my smoothie in the first place. So the next morning we returned from our workout and I prepared our normal protein and fruit smoothie and added a little surprise for him, which was the baby spinach. Generally, his smoothie is a grab-n-go as he is leaving for work and he drinks it in the truck. I was still packing our lunch for the day when he went into the fridge and grabbed his smoothie and gave it a look and turned around and said, “Hey! What did you put in this!?!” Not skipping a beat on making lunch I said, “the normal stuff.” Needless to say, he was not sold on my response. I told him to just try it and then tell me what he thought and I would tell him then. He reluctantly tried it and he agreed, you cannot taste the spinach and you must get past the initially shock of a vegetable in your fruit smoothie, but they are now our go-to green morning smoothies.
Here’s how we make them:
- 2 cups Almond Milk
- 2 1/2 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
- 1 cup fresh Baby Spinach
- 1 frozen Banana
- 1 cup whole frozen Strawberries
- 1 1/2 scoops Lecithin granules
- 1 1/2 scoops ground Flaxseed
Place all ingredients into blender and mix until the frozen fruit is completely blended. This recipe makes 2 smoothies. Note that if you use frozen fruit you do not have to add ice to the smoothie for a frozen smoothie.