Spinach Obsession + Easy Everyday Green Blend
I love (baby) spinach. We have a special bond and I never get tired of eating it. This picture says it all, doesn’t it?
Yes peeps, that’s a restaurant size bag of baby spinach that I use up in less than a week! I blend it, juice it and most importantly I include it almost all of my main dishes – and a lot of it. Sometimes, I catch myself just unconsciously eating it by itself like potato chips. Don’t get me wrong, I eat a lot of dark leafy greens like kale, collard greens and arugula but spinach is sorta like a comfort food that’s super easy to eat. And if you’re not yet incorporating leafy greens into your diet, adding spinach to juices or blends is an excellent way to start. The taste is subtle and your body is getting hit with one of the most nutritious and nutrient dense foods Mother Nature has to offer. So eat a lot of it – everyday if you can!
Here are some fast facts about why it should be a staple part of your diet:
- Low in calories, high in vitamins and minerals like vitamin K, vitamin E, vitamin B2, zinc, niacin, vitamin C, magnesium, vitamin B6, potassium and the list goes on!
- Loaded with flavonoids which act as antioxidants protecting the body from free radicals and illnesses.
- Excellent source of chlorophyll which aids in gastrointestinal issues and help to cleanse the colon.
- Rich in protein and supplies the same amount of it as you would get from same quantity of meat!
- Great source of iron, so if you’re low of it, eat a lot of spinach!
These are just some of the many bountiful health benefits this fresh green vegetable has to offer. If possible, try to buy organic, local spinach since it’s one of the top pesticide coated foods out there. Otherwise, make sure to always thoroughly rinse it before consuming.
One of the easiest ways you can integrate spinach into your everyday lifestyle, is by blending it. You can definitely juice it but I find that it can be A LOT of waste just to make one serving of liquid.
What you’ll need:
2-3 packed cups of baby spinach (organic, local preferably)
1 handful of chopped up kale
1.5 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or homemade)
1/2 cup of frozen organic blueberries
1 teaspoon of xylitol or some stevia
1 teaspoon of chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon of spirulina
Optional: 1 scoop of vegan sprouted brown rice protein powder
Blend on high for about a minute or so. You can serve over ice if it’s a hot summer day! Enjoy. x