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
- 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