In part I, we talked about whether or not you can put spinach in a blended smoothie. Not only "can" you, but you should.
Dumping as many handfuls of spinach as will fit into a blender is a great way to increase your daily dose of leafy greens. Everyone has their own special tastes for what works with a blended smoothie, or "Green Monster" - here is one of my recipies:
- Spinach (2 handfuls)
- Protein (1 scoop)
- Oatmeal (1/2 cup measured dry)
- NAKED juice (1 cup)
- baby carrots
Above is one of my regular go-to recipes before I have to hit the gym for a class plus longer workout or run. Sometimes I'll add blackberries, a banana, flax seeds, or almond butter depending on what's available in the kitchen. There are also numerous other resources online for great "Green Monster" recipies.
Here's a recipe from another of the fitness/yoga instructors in Charlotte who you may see referenced again once in a while. Her site is a firehose of information for you ladies who love yoga, running, and most of all healthy eating.
This woman has a cookies & cream version of a spinach smoothie.
Green Monster Movement is a pretty interesting project that you should check out for yourself when you get a minute.
Overall, the key takeaway is that if you haven't been adding spinach (or other leafy greens like kale) to your blended smoothies, you are really missing out on a great way to boost your daily intake of valuable vegetables and nutrients.
Get on it.