St. Paddy's Day Green Smoothie
If you’re anything like me, I’m sure the first thing that comes to mind on St. Paddy’s day is sitting down to a great big pint of green smoothie. Yes, a thick, cool, frothy green fruit and vegetable smoothie.
Why green? Besides the obvious celebration of the great Patron Saint of Ireland?
When I think about leafy green vegetable, two things come to mind. Firstly they are loaded with antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. And secondly, it can be a challenge to get 5-9 servings of them in a day, ranging anywhere from difficult to impossible. There is a limit to how many salads a girl can eat in a day. But the benefits of getting those servings in is so important, it’s really worth doing.
Smoothie’s are an excellent way to get some extra greens into your diet. My two favourite ingredients for a truly vibrant smoothie are spinach and spirulina. Because the flavours are so neutral, it’s an easier way to get the greens in, rather than something like kale or arugula, which can be a little bit on the bitter side. Believe me, there are wrong ways to do a green smoothie, which I have sadly learned the hard way trying to make use of some tired looking mixed green salad from my fridge. (There really are appropriate uses of the household compost, and this may be the best one. Just let it go.)
Spinach has calcium, magnesium, iron, folate, and vitamin A. Also, spinach is high in antioxidants, so increased consumption has been associated with a reduced risk of oxidative stress-induced disease such as cancer and heart disease.
Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that grows in both salt and fresh water. It is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet, gram per gram. It has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
There are lots of other things you can add to a smoothie to kick up it’s antioxidant content, by my recipe is the one I like for both flavour and texture. Give it a try for St. Paddy’s day, or vary it according to your own taste. But whatever you do, make it green!
2 Cups of spinach leaves
1 Tbsp of spirulina powder
1 Cup of frozen blueberries
1 Cup of almond milk
A few dates
1 Tbsp collagen powder
Blend it up and serve, preferably in a clear glass so you can admire the vibrancy while you get a shot of antioxidants and think about the great patron saint of Ireland!
If you have any questions about your own health picture, call the clinic and book in for a 15 minute phone consultation.