Are you a green smoothie whiz, adventurously blending up kale, spinach, and grated ginger? Maybe you’re a newbie to the green smoothie world, carefully adding one or two spinach leaves to your morning smoothie. Or maybe you’re like me: somewhere in the middle.
For the green smoothie newbies, a green smoothie has added greens for extra nutrition. Spinach is my favorite since it blends well and the taste is undetectable, but others enjoy kale and swiss chard, too.
Speaking of spinach, let’s talk about iron.
No, not the thing you use to get rid of the creases in your shirts. Iron is an essential nutrient, which means that your body can’t make iron itself and therefore needs to consume iron through food sources.
Spinach is rich in non-heme iron, a type of iron found in plant sources. Unfortunately, non-heme iron can be tricky for your body to absorb. What’s the solution?
Vitamin C! We love Vitamin C because it helps our bodies to absorb non-heme iron, which is why it’s a pretty good idea to combine iron-rich foods with Vitamin C-rich foods. What’s the point of gulping down spinach if you can’t absorb the nutrients?
Good thing strawberries come to the rescue. Strawberries offset any noticeable spinach flavor in this green smoothie, and they’re also packed with Vitamin C. You’ll love the super creamy taste from the splash of coconut milk.
This is a 5-minute recipe because you are using frozen fruit and frozen spinach. Five minutes are all I have most mornings, and I’m sure many of you are the same way.
Now, go on. Get your Popeye Power on!
Popeye Power Green Smoothie
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
- 5 strawberries, fresh or frozen
- 56g chopped frozen spinach (2 cubes)
- 1 tsp ground flaxseed (optional)
- 3 TB full-fat coconut milk
- 1 cup almond milk
- honey or agave, to taste
- Add all ingredients to the blender. Blend until smooth. Serve.
You can use fresh spinach in place of the frozen, but it’s easier to use frozen because the cubes are separated into small portions and blend well.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional. The nutritional information I provide is based on my own research, nutrition coursework, and experience. Any information presented is not meant to replace or offer medical advice.