The green smoothie movement is growing like a weed, but if you’re a first-timer, visions of chia seeds, hemp milk, dandelion greens, and garlic extract might make you feel a bit woozy and intimidated.
If you want to pack an extra serving of greens into your day, but you’re way too scared to find out what blended parsley tastes like, try this ultra-simple, foolproof green smoothie. It’s delicious—and totally intimidation-free.
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 cup milk (your choice: cow’s milk, soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, etc.)
- 1 banana
- Optional – 1 tablespoon flax (okay, we couldn’t resist throwing in a slightly fancy ingredient)
Plop the spinach (and flax, if you’re bold) into your blender, and top with the milk and banana. Blend until smooth. Add ice and blend again. Pour, sip, and enjoy your beginner’s green energy!
Green smoothie fans cite increased energy, clearer skin, stronger hair and nails, and natural weight loss as a result of their smoothie addiction. The smoothies themselves are full of fiber and chlorophyll, are readily digestible, and their blended state means the nutrients are easy for your body to absorb.
And of course, green smoothies offer a convenient way of packing more fruits and vegetables into your diet, which—let’s be honest—we all need.
Spinach is one of the easiest greens to add to your smoothie. You can find organic spinach at almost any grocery store, you won’t taste it once it’s blended, and it’s packed full of vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and flavonoids.
Notable nutrients include vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, vitamin C, vitamin B2, calcium, and potassium. Note: when picking out your spinach, choose the brightest green leaves you can find. Studies show that paler spinach leaves have less vitamin C than their more vibrant siblings.
Bananas, as you probably know, are a great source of potassium, which helps maintain normal blood pressure and heart function. But don’t overlook their other nutrients—a surprising amount of vitamin B6, vitamin C, manganese, and fiber can all be found in these creamy yellow fruits.
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