Spinach In A Glass
If you start following me on instagram or twitter, you may quickly notice that I love green foods – kale, Brussels sprouts, green beans, peas, snap peas, granny smith apples, avocados and spinach! With an abundance of spinach and some understanding of “green monsters” flooding the internet, I decided to try my hand at a version of my own. And, what a better way to get your greens in than to drink them…drink them?! Please don’t push me off as a nutrition freak on a juice cleanse right away – this recipe is gold!
This past summer I got a vitamix blender which, just as expected, changed my life. It is so good! You can do anything in that machine. Okay, maybe not anything, but pretty close to it: smoothies, soups, salad dressings, sauces – really, all foods that start with “s”…just kidding! – dips and nut butters, too. As an added bonus, my favorite store Bed Bath and Beyond sells these blenders and they are 20% coupon eligible. If you are a BBB coupon hoarder like I am, you surely have at least 15 coupons in a drawer somewhere…and this will bring the price down from a reasonable $499 to an even more reasonable $399. Now you have a comeback when a certain somebody tells you spending $500 on a blender is crazy. You can thank me later.
In the mix – in this order:
1/2 a bag of spinach (about 4c) – I use Trader Joe’s pre-washed bags
1c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 scoops vanilla protein powder – I use Aria protein powder for women (the best tasting low calorie/low sugar option I have found)
1+ tablespoons ground cinnamon (this is to your taste…if I could use 10 tablespoons, I would – it’s that good in here!)
Turn it on and blend it up! I like to blend mine for at least 1 minute – this gets it good and liquidy. That sounds awfully gross, but it’s not. Promise.
The vitamix makes most smoothies frothy and delicious – this is no exception. Here’s the final product from the other day:
Nutrition information per serving:
159 calories, 13 g carbohydrates, 5 g fat, 18g protein, 7g fiber
Variations to try:
1/2c blueberries or frozen (see, I told you – obsessed) no sugar added raspberries or 1/2 a banana.
Some people like to sweeten their smoothies with honey or splenda. Try out the base recipe and see what works for you.
One more picture – isn’t it pretty? The flowers don’t hurt either…those were a gift. Hope you like my Spinach In A Glass – please let me know what you think if you test it out!