I haven't made a green smoothie in a while, so I thought I would try using spinach this go-around instead of kale. Spinach is a great alternative for those that don't care for the flavor of kale because the taste is not as strong. I am a kale fan, but spinach is a nice change sometimes. It tastes great with pretty much any fruit you throw in the blender with it, but I think it is particularly good with strawberries and bananas. Like most smoothies, this is so easy to make and such a simple and great tasting way to fit in a large amount of leafy greens.
Spinach & Strawberry Smoothie
Makes ~6 (8oz) servings
4 cups fresh organic spinach leaves
1 cup frozen organic strawberries
1 fresh banana
1 cup orange juice
1 cup cold water
1 1/2 cups ice
1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until liquified and there are no visible pieces of ice
2. Pour in a glass and enjoy!
What are the nutritional benefits of this smoothie? Spinach is very high in vitamins A and K, and also and excellent source of folate, iron, vitamin C, and calcium. Strawberries are packed with vitamin C, antioxidants and fiber. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium and vitamin C, and contain a prebiotic substance called fructooligosaccharide which ferments in the digestive tract, encouraging the growth of probiotics, and enhancing the absorption of calcium in the body. Orange juice tops it off with even more vitamin C.
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