A Smoothie Fit for Popeye
Monday, November 22nd, 2010
‘Cause I eats me spinach.
I'm Popeye the Sailor Man.”
A bright green smoothie may not seem appetizing, but it’s what some health-conscious people are turning to for their breakfast. This “green monster,” popularized by Angela Liddon of the healthy living blog OhSheGlows.com, has spinach or kale for its base, giving it its recognizable Hulk-esque color. Spinach is packed with vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as minerals like magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium and omega-3, to name a few. Fans boast clearer skin and renewed energy. There’s a reason Popeye ate his spinach.
Basic Green Monster recipe, from GreenMonsterMovement.com
1 cup of milk (any type: dairy, almond, soy)
1-2 cups of spinach
1 tablespoon of flax seeds (optional)
1. Add the ingredients into the blender in this order: flax, spinach, banana and then milk. This way the banana and milk will weigh down the flax and spinach, keeping it from flying around the blender.
2. Blend for about 1 minute.
3. Add ice and blend again.
4. Pour into a glass and marvel at the bright green color.
The color may be strong, but the taste is surprisingly not. In fact, it does not taste like much at all. Some may find it necessary to add more fruit, spices, cocoa powder or even peanut butter to give it some kind of strong flavor (cinnamon is a nice touch).
Most people agree that blending vegetables and fruits into smoothies makes it easier to extract the nutrients from them. Another way to squeeze even more nutrients out of the spinach is to cook it before blending. “Cook” the spinach by placing it in a bowl of water and microwaving it for five minutes, or until it’s wilted.
Whether the smoothie is simple or mixed with more fruits, it’s a slam-dunk way to get tons of nutrients without having to think too much about it.
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