green smoothie

No day would be complete without a green smoothie!

I'm sure by now you are beginning to understand my love affair with juices and smoothies and as the temperature cools down my taste buds are preferring the latter.  

Here is what today's green smoothie looked like.... yum yum!

Ingredients: 

  • 1.5 cups of almond milk
  • 1 banana (I used frozen)
  • 1 scoop Sunwarrior Protein (vanilla)
  • 2 handfuls spinach (lightly steamed)
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Method:

  1. Lightly steam spinach and let cool for a few minutes.
  2. Add all ingredients to a blender.
  3. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes and top with a bit more cinnamon before serving

I had a great question from Corrie on 'the healthy ginger' facebook page today. Corrie asked...

" I've noticed you usually steam your spinach for your smoothies...is it a digestion thing or purely for taste? This is nearly identical to the smoothie that we usually have for breakfast but we always just toss the raw spinach in straight from the fridge. Should we be steaming for added nutritional value?"

While I do eat spinach raw quite often, when making my smoothies I tend to steam it. The reason I do this, is that spinach contains oxalates, which is found naturally in plants, animals, and humans. Studies have discovered that oxalates interfere with the absorption of calcium and possibly iron. by lightly steaming the spinach it removes some of the oxalates and will make the absorption of these nutrients more available to the body.