Raw spinach is one of those super foods I sometimes feel obligated to love. I love spinach cooked into everything from eggs, artichoke dip, lentil stew and mushroom risotto, but I find raw spinach––particularly in salads––just a bit too leafy for my liking.
My blender sure doesn’t seem to mind it though.
It took several attempts to get the spinach:liquid:frozen fruit ratio just right but last weekend I perfected this Simple Green Protein Smoothie, without protein powder or fruit juice and for about one-third of the price of what I’d normally pay.
Not only is it packed with vitamins and minerals but the combo of Greek and regular vanilla yogurt gets it to that 4:1 carb-to-protein ratio––the sweet spot for muscle recovery after a tough workout or training run.
If you’re new to homemade green smoothie making, I have a few tips:
Blend your greens and water first. Don’t choke on a half-shredded spinach leaf like I did.
Pre-freeze your fruit in individual portions. It makes the process super quick and you won’t need to water it down with ice.
Make sure all ingredients are cold––including the water. Like refrigerator cold. It’ll help keep the consistency perfectly thick and creamy.
Now go slurp down one of these babies for breakfast and tell me what you think!
- 2 cups baby spinach, lightly packed
- 1 cup water
- 1 1/2 cups pineapple chunks, frozen
- 1/2 small banana, frozen
- 1/2 cup 2% Greek yogurt
- 2 teaspoons honey
Puree spinach and water in a high-power blender. Add frozen fruit, yogurt and honey and blend until smooth.
Do you prefer to eat or drink your raw, leafy greens?