When you were little, did you like spinach? If your answer is no, maybe that is why you might be hesitant about trying a spinach smoothie – after all, if you are anything like me, you were told to eat your greens because they would make you grow up big and strong / make your hair curl / put hairs on your chest – whichever homily seemed most appropriate to our parents!
My brother and I definitely did not find that green vegetables any tastier for being told any of this. But green smoothies are a great way to introduce both adults and children to the benefits of eating healthy greens.
A Spinach smoothie made at home in your smoothie maker is packed full of vitamins The ACE combination of vitamins A, C and E, all the important B group vitamins, B1, B2, B3 B5 and B6
I have to say that my list would be much shorter if I told you what they did not contain – hardly any fat or cholesterol and definitely no refined sugars and absolutely none of those things that manufacturers often put into smoothies that are bought ready made not only to make them taste nicer (I am talking here about such things as corn syrup and other flavourings) but also to give them a longer shelf life.
Spinach smoothies and other green smoothies have many positive benefits for our health.
These not only include a general improvement in our well-being including increased energy, libido and alertness. They also help our bodies to heal more quickly after an injury and improve many chronic conditions and illnesses, strengthening our immune systems because of all the vitamins and antioxidants.
They also help to improve our digestive systems and make wonderful detox smoothies helping us to regain shining hair, a bright, clear complexion and healthy eyes.
However, I could tell you all day long how good a spinach smoothie is for you but if it tasted as bad as cod liver oil (another thing that our parents assured us was good for us as small children), it would all be for nothing because you would never try one! Luckily though, Spinach smoothies taste absolutely delicious. So just to get you started, here are my two all-time favourite spinach smoothie recipes to whet your appetite!
Spinach Smoothie with a ‘kick’
In your smoothie maker or blender, whizz together all of the following:-
1 good handful of young spinach leaves, washed and drained.
1 banana (chopped)
1 mango (chopped)
1 good pinch of cayenne pepper (add more to taste, as required)
Basic Spinach Smoothie With Frozen Fruit
The frozen fruits in this recipe give the smoothies a really creamy taste and consistency. Whizz everything together in the smoothie maker or blender and enjoy!
8 oz of frozen berries – either single variety or mixed.
4 oz baby spinach
¾ cup of fruit juice (grape juice is nice in this recipe)
¼ cup of cooled green tea or use all green tea and leave out the fruit juice
1 tablespoon freshly ground flax seeds
1 tablespoon chopped nuts, either walnuts or cashew nuts
I hope these recipes will help you to discover for yourself the positive health benefits of spinach smoothies.
By Alison Graham