The Power of Green Smoothies

December 10, 2012 | Rob Thompson

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Green smoothies are a great option if you want a quick and convenient balanced meal. Combining a variety of fruits, vegetables and dairy, they are a tasty concoction that serves up the right amount of fuel and nutrients to power you through the day or help you recover from a workout.

To make your smoothie a true superfood, add spinach. Spinach is one of the most powerful foods for overall health and performance. Benefits include:

Yes, negative connotations are associated with the flavor of spinach; however, it's barely noticeable when combined with other ingredients. The only difference is your smoothie might turn a shade of green.

Below is a recipe for a delicious and nutritious green smoothie, one you can eat in the morning or after a workout. It's a basic recipe, so feel free to customize it to your liking by adding berries, peanut butter or even a scoop of ice cream.

Green Smoothie Ingredients

  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 scoop GNC Pro Performance protein powder
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 cup raw spinach leaves
  • 3-4 ice cubes

Preparation

  • Slice the banana and put the pieces in a blender
  • Add milk, protein, spinach and ice cubes (placing the heavier items on top pushes them down into the blade)
  • Blend until desired consistency

Green Smoothie Nutrition Facts

  • Calories - 322
  • Protein - 30g
  • Carbohydrates - 44g
  • Fat - 3g
  • Fiber - 4g
  • Sodium - 281mg
  • Cholesterol - 41mg
  • Vitamins - A, D, C
  • Minerals - Potassium, Calcium and Iron

Photo: lindawagner.net

Rob Thompson
- Rob Thompson is a Florida high school assistant football coach who has coached defensive line and special teams since 2008. He also has three years...
Rob Thompson
- Rob Thompson is a Florida high school assistant football coach who has coached defensive line and special teams since 2008. He also has three years...
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