When it comes to green smoothies, spinach is one of the most popular ingredients around, and with good reason! Personally, I try to add 1-2 good handfuls of baby spinach to the green smoothies I make. The recommended ratio of fruits to vegetables in green smoothies is 60:40. Spinach has a mild flavor to it that won’t overwhelm your smoothie, and its taste can easily be masked by sweet fruit!
The Health Benefits of Spinach
Spinach is often referred to as a superfood for many reasons. Just some of the vitamins and nutrients that spinach contains include iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, folic acid, dietary fiber, and calcium. Additionally, spinach also contains healthy Omega 3 fatty acids, all of the B Vitamins, potassium, and copper. Can you name another food that contains this many nutritional benefits?
Medical studies have shown that the antioxidants that are found in spinach can protect your body from certain types of cancer, including stomach, skin, and ovarian cancer. The regular consumption of spinach can also promote cardiovascular health, while protecting your body from stroke and heart attack. Additionally, new medical evidence suggests that regularly eating spinach can also reduce the effects of age related decline in your cognitive skills. With all of the health benefits it has to offer, why would you not want to include spinach in your green smoothies?
Recipe For Green Smoothies With Spinach
This recipe is rather simple to make, and it tastes delicious! To make this green smoothie recipe, you will need to gather the following ingredients:
- 1-2 handfuls of fresh spinach
- 5 strawberries
- 20 blueberries
- 1 cup of blackberries
- 1 cup of raspberries
- 2 bananas (fresh or frozen)
- 1 1/2 cup water
All of these ingredients should be added to your blender one at a time and blended together until smooth. If you do not like the taste of blackberries or raspberries, feel free to substitute your own favorite fruits.
How to Choose Spinach For Your Green Smoothies
When you are choosing spinach for your green smoothies, you will want to ensure that you choose spinach that is crisp and a vibrant green in color. You should avoid spinach that is yellow in color, slimy in texture, or overly wet. Spinach is an ingredient that is quite perishable, and it should be stored in a dry place in your fridge.
To ensure that you are able to derive the maximum amount of nutritional benefit from your spinach, you should look for organic spinach that has been grown locally. I can usually find my at my local health food store. Most non-organic spinach tends to have a high level of pesticide residue, and it will be best for you to choose organically grown spinach.