I hate spinach - unless it is smothered in cheese in spinach-artichoke dip. I absolutely will not eat it cooked. And sometimes I will tolerate it in a salad if other greens are mixed in. But let's face it, I am not a greens eater. Even though I know how GOOD it is for my body. So when my friend Tracey mentioned a smoothie she makes every morning that includes spinach, my attention was grabbed. I really wanted to try it out. She insisted you can't taste the spinach. I was afraid, I admit. She has some allergy issues, hence the non-dairy or soy ingredients.
I purchased all the ingredients at Kroger, but they didn't have much of a selection on Protein Powder. So I got what they had and gave it a try. Next time, I will be getting that at Trader Joe's because you all know how much I LOVE TJ's!!
Here's her original recipe with her suggestions:
- 1 cup frozen blueberries (the cheapest place to buy them is at TJ's- I buy the 1.99 variety, pesticide free but not organic)
- 1/2-1 banana
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze almond milk (1/2 gallon's at Kroger's are cheapest in the healthy living fridge section) you could also use rice, hemp or some other dairy/soy free milk
- 1 large handful of organic spinach
- 1 Tbsp flax oil (I use Udo's 3-6-9 blend, it is very highly rated and pure); barlean's is also good
- 1 scoop of "Life Basic's" Vanilla Protein powder (sweetened)- I buy this a vitacost.com- you can use another kind, but I would AVOID soy or whey protein as they can be allergenic and mucous forming; TJ's has a hemp protein that I have not tried, but I'm sure that would be fine; I would stick with a hemp, pea, and or rice protein powder- they are typically hypoallergenic
- Blend spinach and milk first, until it is a liquid, add the rest blend again
As I said, I didn't get to go to TJ's so I bought a different brand of protein powder and only had ground flax seed on hand.
I was a little worried that the spinach wouldn't liquify. But following Tracey's recommendation to blend the milk and spinach first, worked well. I do have a higher powered blender that has a "smoothie" setting on it - the Oster Fusion (affiliate link):
But it CAME OUT SUPER YUMMY!!! I would recommend this to anyone!! And even Jeremy said it tasted good. It even kept me feeling full until lunch time!! The boys love smoothies, but they didn't like it. But I think it was because my first attempt, I didn't mix the protein powder thoroughly enough and it came out gritty. And besides Evan said, since it didn't have strawberries in it (like I usually make him) he didn't like it. BTW I did try it with strawberries today, and beside the color not being very appetizing, it was still very tasteful!