Dark leafy greens are supposed to be some kind of holy grail of awesome, what with their overload of vitamins and minerals in exchange for barely any calories. It’s actually really easy to incorporate them into your every day diet, and I find that weeks where I’m eating more baby spinach, I’m losing significantly better.
I get the big giant clamshell package of organic baby spinach from Costco, but you can get large and small quantities at your local regular grocery store, you’ll just pay $1 or so more. This is one thing where you absolutely want to buy organic, even if you normally buy only conventional. Luckily, at least at grocery stores here, I only ever see organic, so you won’t have a choice!
Any time I would normally have used lettuce, I use this baby spinach instead – so salads, tacos, sandwiches, everything. It goes in omelets, it finds its way into soups, I throw it into anything that isn’t sweet. Or, actually, no. I throw it into sweet stuff, too.
Case in point: The Green Smoothie.
These make awesome breakfasts, and the best part is that you can basically throw in pretty much anything and it’ll work (whatever ripe fruit is on your counter, carrots, flax, protein powder, chia seeds…). This is my go-to smoothie, but feel free to change it up. If you have a favorite combo for your smoothies, post them in the comments!
Keely’s Green Smoothie of Joy
A couple very big handfuls of baby spinach
1 cup greek yogurt
1 (generous) cup frozen berries
1 frozen banana (great for bananas about to go past edibility – freeze them peeled, though. Trust me.)
2 packets of stevia
1. First I blend the spinach into oblivion with the yogurt. Whatever you use as your “liquid” ingredient (yogurt, milk, water, whatever), should go in with the spinach first. Doing it this way will allow the spinach to be liquified and blend completely rather than if you throw everything in together and ending up with little bits of spinach floating around your berries. Unless you have one of those uber-blenders like a Blendtec or Vitamix, don’t skip this step. If you have one of those blenders, you’re probably not reading this anyway because you’re already a smoothie expert.
2. Gather your other ingredients, pop them in, and blend the living bejeebers out of them. (As you can see in the picture, the blender contains a spring-green liquid – no spinach chunks!)
3. Pour into glass. (There’s enough to fill this 12oz glass plus some left over for any errant children running underfoot to share some.)
4. Drink. And then RINSE YOUR GLASS and your blender! I emphasize this because if you are the kind of person who would just pop them into the dishwasher to be run on the next cycle, you will be very sad. They will not come clean. The smoothie mixture is akin to cement mixed with superglue mixed with detergent kryptonite mixed with tar. If allowed to dry, you basically lost that glass forever. RINSE.
Let me know if you try your first green smoothie! And if you’ve got a favorite blend, post it! I want to try it!