I have a question: who here hates eating their veggies?
Probably most of you thought in your head: ME!! Unless, of course, you are one of those who loves their veggies covered in sauce and salt and butter or battered and fried and dipped, those glutenous choices that cause your mouth to water right now just thinking about them? Well, stop! I have a delicious way for you to enjoy your veggies without even tasting them! The best kind of vegetables too! Leafy greens!
Oh the benefits of leafy greens... vitamin k, vitamin a, iron, folate, disease-fighting phytochemicals. Kale is the most nutrient rich leafy green you can consume, but can be bitter, I'll provide you with some good kale recipes down the line, but for now, stick to putting a good sized handful of kale in this recipe. Spinach, which is the most iron rich leafy green for all my women out there, is our next most nutrient dense leafy green, and it is also going in this recipe, but WAY more than a handful :)
Nutrition Facts: Cal- 174 Carbs- 34g Fat- 4g Protein- 4g
So... what you'll need for this shake produce-wise
2 cups of baby spinach
1/2 cup of chopped kale
4-6 frozen strawberries, depending on the temperature and consistency you prefer your smoothie
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
*nutrition facts based on as is recipe, without the extra additions.
optional: Any fresh seasonal fruit you may have or want to put in your shake. For example, I put fresh strawberries along with the frozen, chopped pineapple, watermelon, and cantaloupe for the added hydration because I am a runner. My in-laws brought us a bag of fresh oranges so I have been peeling and putting one in my shake every morning.
The best part about putting things in a blender is just that, they blend. The fruit overpowers the taste of the veggies. you can really put more than that, but I don't want to overwhelm you. Start small, work your way up.
I add a lot of things to my shake for their added NUTRITIONAL PERKS
Lets talk about them :)
First of all, the herbs:
Maca Root: I just get the powder capsules from GNC. Open and pour one into my shake before I blend it all together. The thing everyone always is most interested in about maca is that it is a supposed aphrodisiac. Best part about that one is, not just for men, but for women too! Increases libido, stamina, vitality, energy, packed with b vitamins, corrects hormonal imbalances and if you're not a coffee person, natural form of non-caffeinated energy (I enjoy both coffee and maca, I'm happy!)
Dong Quai Root: This is mostly just for the ladies who get a little more moody around that time of the month. It can help alleviate PMS symptoms, cramping, hormonal imbalances, for older women its been known to help with menopausal issues, basically, just a hormonal balance for women. And really, what woman doesn't need to get a little more balanced once in a while?
Now, the oils:
Flax seed oil: This is another thing that, especially if you want to lose weight, go get! This, and the previous past three things I just mentioned, can be purchased at GNC for affordable prices, or you can order online. There are ways to be healthy! When I get into coconut oil, I will also get into flax seed oil, but for now, PUT A TEASPOON INTO YOUR SHAKE BEFORE YOU BLEND. Although flax seed oil has a lot of health benefits, a calorie is still a calorie, and oils pack a caloric punch! (This one tsp will add 5g of fat to your original shake recipe, so keep that in mind.)
Flax Seed: Jam packed with fiber, omega-3, protein, you should be putting flax seed not just in your shakes, but in your cereal, oatmeal, breads, cakes, cookies, anything you can really, its amazing for you.
Chia Seed: Chia seeds are even more nutrient dense when it comes to fiber, omega-3, they are a complete protein, and yes, when I say chia seed I am talking about those things that used to be on infomercial for you to grow. Now in America, we eat them because we found out how beneficial they are to our bodies!
Anyways, the seeds I usually mix together in a Tupperware bowl with a lid and then add a tablespoon before blending. Again, healthy fats still equal fat, and fat is calorie dense. Something to always be aware of when creating your own recipes!
Let me know what you guys think in the comments! Really, try it out! If this recipe is overwhelming, ease into it, try one thing at a time. I didn't just start with all of this at once, no way! I eased into it myself.