What better way to celebrate St. Patty's Day then with something green! Instead of green beer, a green smoothie is far better for you. Fresh baby spinach is full of fiber and iron. Bananas provide a rich source of fiber and potassium. Pineapple is a great source of Vitamin C, which enhances our absorption of iron. How? Iron needs an acidic environment to be absorbed into our bodies. Vitamin C is an acid called ascorbic acid. This is your nutrition lesson for today!
I love my Vitamix. I have to admit the first drinks I made in my Vitamix when I received it last Christmas were the alcoholic type. Though now I mostly make the fruit and veggie type of drinks. The Vitamix is a really powerful machine. It can liquify just about anything.
About a year ago I would not be caught drinking a green smoothie. The idea of drinking spinach or other green vegetables grossed me out. Then I was turned on to them when I participated in Danielle Omar's 21 Day Clean Eating Detox. Danielle is a Virginia based dietitian who shares wonderful plant based recipes and run a clean eating detox program a few times each year.
As part of the Clean Eating Detox program Danielle shares a number of smoothie recipes. During the detox we were to avoid added sugars, so the coconut milk used needed be unsweetened. I like the original So Delicious Coconut Milk, which has 7 gm of sugar per 1 cup better than the unsweetened.
Coconut milk has no protein, so if you wish to add protein to a smoothie you can use cow's milk or soy milk. Some almond milk's have protein added, however I have only found about 4 gm of protein per serving. That's not even the same amount of protein as 1 egg, so not worth it in my mind. You could add protein powder. I tried this, but I didn't like it. I complained the whole time I was drinking it and didn't finish it!
I add a serving of walnuts for some protein and healthy fat. You don't notice the taste of the almonds at all. The Vitamix grinds them so well they almost disappear.
- 1 cup low fat coconut milk I use So Delicious Original
- 1 cup baby spinach washed and dried
- 1 ripe banana fresh or frozen
- ½ cup pineapple I use frozen
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- In a blender pour in coconut milk.
- Add in this order: spinach, banana, pineapple, and walnuts.
- Blend on high speed until all ingredients are liquified.
So this St. Patty's Day get your green on with this healthy smoothie!