Smoothies are incredibly lovable. Are we all on the smoothie train here? If not, hop on, friends. It’s a delicious and healthy ride.
We’re minutes away from settling into the middle of January as 2016 really hit the ground running. With the hustle and bustle of getting back into our routines and contemplating our New Year, New Me plans, Allison and I have LOVED having the opportunity to quickly toss in fresh fruits and veggies into a blender to refresh ourselves before bouncing off to our next errand or a New Me task.
Our go-to smoothies always have a green (spinach or kale) and a banana. The additional add-ins become the fun part as our pantry/fridge ingredients of the week help us to mix up or smoothie recipes.
AND ALSO. We have a new go-to smoothie blender that our brother gifted to us over Christmas. *Drum roll please!* The Nutri Ninja! Has that caught any of your eyes at the Target or that fancy Wal-Mart boutique? It does quite a fabulous job and it totally knocks the socks off of our old hand-me-down blender which took multiple shakes and loads of re-blending to make the perfect smoothie (you did good, big guy). So thank you, Brother, for making our smoothie life a lot easier.
Our smoothie this week has a fresh citrus zing to it thanks to our Steadfast Farm CSA box that was filled with ripe mandarins, and the true superstar of this Green Orange Smoothie is the baby spinach…
WHY EAT THAT: Spinach
Spinach is a powerhouse green. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals that help to protect numerous parts of our bodies such as our eyes (shout out to the Vitamin A content) and our bones (the Vitamin K content in spinach helps to retain the calcium within our bones and helps to keep them strong). It has been advised frequently within nutrition literature that spinach should be eaten regularly so that our bodies can reap its healing and preventive benefits. Spinach is affordable and easy to prepare as it can be tossed in a salad or cooked up in seconds with vegetables, beans, eggs, and/or grains!
You and your body will love this smoothie recipe for its natural sweetness, the green natural color, and the hint of citrus. This recipe is easy, portable, and nourishing. The ground flaxseed provides your body with omega-3 fatty acids which help to protect our cell membranes, the mandarins deliver Vitamin C to help protect our immune system, and the SPINACH. Oh boy, the spinach has countless health benefits that we were stoked to highlight in our Why Eat That section.
Enjoy this smoothie for breakfast or as a snack. For on-the-go, store and drink in a tumbler or a mason jar, it’s even a great snack for the little ones!
1 large handful baby spinach
2 mandarins or 1 large orange, peeled and seeds removed
1 banana, frozen
3 dates, seeds removed
3/4 cup almond milk
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
1. In a blender, place in all ingredients for the smoothie and press blend.
2. If your blender is having a difficult time, add more liquid, 1 tbsp at a time.
3. Once blended fully, pour into a serving glass and enjoy!
1. Harvest of the Month. Network for a Healthy California. California Department of Public Health. 2011. Web.
2. Glass, E. The 6 Healthiest Ways to Eat Spinach. One Green Planet. 2013. Web.