Friday, April 22, 2011

Strawberry Banana Spinach Smoothie

Lately, I’ve been hearing about Green Monsters. I must admit, I’m not a huge smoothie person, but I was curious. So, I got out the blender and gave the original Green Monster a go. It wasn’t bad. It definitely wasn’t good, but it wasn’t repulsive. Of course, the recipe made like 4 cups and I wasn’t about to chug it, so down the sink it went.

This morning, I decided to tweak the recipe and give it another go.


It made enough to for two cups and I had no problem drinking it all. You seriously can’t even taste the spinach in it. Plus, the health benefits are amazing. Spinach really is a superfood and since I’m not a fan of green leafies, it’s great to hide it in a drink.  Even the kids love it! Anyways, here is the version I made this morning.

Strawberry Banana Spinach Smoothie
2 cups raw spinach
1 banana
1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 cup milk
1 cup ice

194 calories, 0g fat, 7 g protein, 42 g carbs, 6 g fiber

Vit A 119%
Vit C 102%
Vit D 13%
Vit E 7%
Vit K 363%
Thiamin 11%
Riboflavin 25%
Vit B6 34%
Folic Acid 41%
Vit B12 11%
Pantothenic Acid 9%
Calcium 22%
Iron 12%
Magnesium 27%
Phosphorus 17%
Potassium 33%
Sodium 4%
Zinc 3%
Copper 9%
Manganese 47%
Selenium 7%

You could easily add in some protein powder, different fruits, and some flax or other seeds for a dose of healthy fats.  It's like having a salad for breakfast!