Green Smoothies

Smoothies can be such an easy and pleasant way to get some vitamins every day.  Like juicing, the combinations are just about endless.  Here in France, I find the frozen fruit availability is a bit limited.  In the states, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and Safeway offer organic frozen fruit.  You can also buy organic fruit and freeze it in little Ziploc bags.   I don’t recommend freezing the spinach.  I find that the fresh spinach in the smoothie adds virtually no flavor bad or good.  It’s the bad flavor I was worried about tasting.  So I think it’s a win, win.  I also like to add a scoop of the Vega Whole Food Smoothie Infusion.  You can buy it at most health food stores.  It is plant-based and contains: Yellow pea protein, organic hemp protein, organic sprouted flax seeds, organic brown rice protein, organic green food blend (spirulina, organic wheat grass, organic alfalfa grass, organic barley grass, organic spinach, organic sprouted broccoli, organic kale, organic kelp, organic dulse), inulin (from chicory root), natural flavors, xanthan gum.

Here is what’s awesome about organic spinach (source: Wikipedia):

Nutrition

Spinach, raw
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 97 kJ (23 kcal)
Carbohydrates 3.6 g
– Sugars 0.4 g
– Dietary fiber 2.2 g
Fat 0.4 g
Protein 2.2 g
Vitamin A equiv. 469 μg (59%)
Vitamin A 9400 IU
– beta-carotene 5626 μg (52%)
– lutein and zeaxanthin 12198 μg
Folate (vit. B9) 194 μg (49%)
Vitamin C 28 mg (34%)
Vitamin E 2 mg (13%)
Vitamin K 483 μg (460%)
Calcium 99 mg (10%)
Iron 2.7 mg (21%)
Percentages are relative to US recommendationsfor adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database

Spinach has a high nutritional value and is extremely rich in antioxidants, especially when fresh, steamed, or quickly boiled. It is a rich source of vitamin A (and especially high in lutein), vitamin Cvitamin Evitamin K,magnesiummanganesefolatebetaineironvitamin B2calciumpotassiumvitamin B6folic acidcopper,proteinphosphoruszincniacinselenium and omega-3 fatty acids.

Green Smoothie

1 Banana

1/2 Frozen Organic Fruit (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, tropical blend)

Heavy Handful of coarsely chopped organic spinach or kale

Nut Milk, Rice Milk or Regular Milk – pour in enough to just cover the rest of the ingredients.

1 Scoop of Vega Smoothie Powder (optional)

  1. Place everything in a blender, or container suitable for the hand blender, and blend until smooth.

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