Man Up and Drink Your Spinach Smoothie

Eat spinach smoothies. They’re tasty, healthy, and fun to brag about drinking. Not to mention you can throw pretty much everything but the kitchen sink into the blender to make this baby.

We’re not gonna lie, here: Spinach isn’t normally the first ingredient we grab when trying to whip up the frothy goodness that is the smoothie. However, we are no longer six years old. We don’t have to scrunch up our noses at the likes of spinach, brussel sprouts or the cooties. But spinach smoothies are notoriously easy to make and are loaded with vitamins.

This is the anti-recipe. It’s for the measurement-impaired. Allergic to teaspoons? Don’t have the slightest idea how big an ounce is? Do you often improvise and skip important steps in the directions? No fear. You pretty much have to consciously try to screw this smoothie up.

So why a spinach smoothie? Why not, say, a salad? Spinach smoothies are tasty, healthy, and fun to brag about drinking. Like protein shakes. Or V8. But tastier. That’s right. This beverage is actually pretty delicious.

Here’s the ingredient equation: 60% fruit, 40% veggies. Seriously, you can throw pretty much any plant based nonsense into this smoothie.

We used:

  • 1 mango
  • 1 can of apple juice
  • A few slices of green melon
  • ¼ of a cucumber
  • a handful of chopped mint leaves
  • LOTS of spinach (like, half of the blender. Yeah. We’re hardcore like that.)
  • handful of ice cubes

 

We even tossed in some vanilla Greek yogurt to make it creamier. It was delicious and rebellious. Dairy isn’t part of the plant-based diet, but we decided to stick it to the man.

The idea is to keep it tasting sweet, while still subtly inserting vegetables into the mix that are otherwise tasteless.

Other ingredients that can’t go wrong:

  • Kiwis
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Various frozen fruit. (Except pineapple. This tropical fruit sabotages the whole drink with it’s overpowering sweetness.)
  • Any kind of fruit juice. (Pick one. And don’t overdo it.)

Serving note: most people aren’t as brave as you are now that you drink spinach smoothies. Coercion and heartfelt testimonials alone won’t get them on Team Spinach Smoothie. You have to subtly trick them into drinking said mixture.

A little re-branding works wonders: “Do you want to try some Mango-Mint smoothie?”

This subterfuge actually works to your skeptical friend’s advantage. See, this smoothie is ridiculously healthy. It’s packed with vitamins you can’t even pronounce, nevertheless remember to add to your diet.

 

Benefits of Consuming Spinach:

  • Heart healthy
  • Slows brain function decline in the older crowd
  • Excellent source of iron, which us plant-based dieters often have deficiencies in
  • A cartenoid in Spinach protects us against cataracts and other eye-related problems
  • Contains anti-inflammatory nutrients
  • Contains anti-cancer nutrients

So man up and drink your spinach smoothie!

Comments

  1. Lori says

    I just found your website and I love it! The writing is wonderful and I like the recipes. I’m not a vegetarian, but try to eat mostly fruits and vegetables. I’ll continue to visit!

  2. says

    Robyn,First I want to extend a ahfrteelt thank you for what you do. I know it sounds a bit dramatic but you may have helped to save my life. And for that I will be eternally grateful.I cannot for the life of me remember how I ran across your website. But the important thing is that I did. I would like to share a little bit about the impact you have had on my life up to this point.I first found greensmoothiegirl.com somewhere around the end of February of this year. Before that point I was somewhere around 370 or 380 pounds. I am not exactly sure but the only way I could estimate is that my doctors scale (350lb max weight) wouldn’t weigh me and I had to press pretty hard on the end of the balance point to get that thing in the middle. We guessed about 370 or 380. Not good. Obviously! I was officially fat, forty five and fraid a dyin I have been in the medical field for more than half my life. I have seen people die senselessly for 25 years. All products of a bad nutritional choices. And here I was heading in the same direction.Back in 1985 when I started in this field it would be uncommon for people in their 50 s to die of sudden cardiac death. As time has gone by that age has continually dropped. Now it is COMMON for us to see patients in their 40 s go into cardiac arrest and the 30 year olds are the new 50. Uncommon, but they are now dropping dead in their 30 s. Scary. Two months ago my friend had a 14 year old patient who was having a full blown STEMI (ST segment elevation myocardial infarction) A STEMI is a type of severe heart attack in which the coronary artery is completely blocked off by a blood clot. It’s usually recognized by an elevation of the ST segment on an ECG, which indicates that a large amount of heart muscle damage is occurring. So back to me .. I started reading all your stuff and decided to try the green smoothies or what I affectionately call my swamp water. I was very pleased. And have only missed about 3 days of smoothies since I began the first of March this year.Reading you content led me to The China Study which led me to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease which led me to Dr. McDougall. My life has been altered and changed for the better since. I no longer eat oils of any kind, meat, poultry or dairy and have not had a single cheat day since. You couldn’t pay me enough to go back to the dark side of nutrition.My numbers are very impressive to date. I am down almost 70 pounds in 5 months, my total cholesterol is 119, triglycerides 59, LDL’s 64, and HDL’s 25. I no longer take either of my high blood pressure meds. I was on those for nearly 20 years and it took all of 1 month to throw them away. Absolutely amazing. It all started with green smoothies. Thank you, thank you, thank you for what you do. It must feel amazing to effect lives in such a profound way.Respectfully,Scott Venezia

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