I have a confession. I made something today for the pure sake of trying to blog about a healthy food that I don’t like. C’mon, we are on day eight and so far I have liked every healthy food that I’ve tried. I want to give you guys the dirt. I want to offer an open, honest confession of the good, bad and ugly when it comes to healthy foods. I used to not like spinach, but as I’ve grown older I’ve learned to like fresh baby spinach in a salad, in a turkey wrap and in chicken florentine. But I didn’t want to go the easy route and blog about a nice spinach salad that I would eat any day of the week. I went out of my way to make something healthy with spinach that I wouldn’t like…..just for the sake of blogging about my ordeal. But, I failed.
I made a spinach protein smoothie. See! You are gagging at the sound of that too! I found the recipe in my FAVORITE magazine, Oxygen. The recipe was a quadruple whammy with four of the five ingredients making the top 150 healthiest foods on earth: spinach, whey protein powder, kiwi and raw milk (still trying to finish that $7.00 gallon of milk). Oxygen calls this the “Fat Flusher Lean Green Shake” and promises that it will flush your system. I would typically NEVER make this type of shake, but I did it for you, my fellow bloggers!
I mixed it all up for my lunch this afternoon as my daughter ate her chicken soup and exclaimed, “Wow, your drink is green Mommy! Can you make me a pink one?” I tentatively took a sip, and what do you know…..I freakin’ liked it. I was shocked. I could not even taste the spinach at all and it tasted like an ice cream shake. I felt like I was drinking dessert for lunch. I’m not kidding you. I mean I only drank this thing so I could finally post about a food I don’t like and I surprised myself. Don’t worry though, I have to try sardines soon and I’m sure I will have a disgusted post on that day.
Do me a favor, try this recipe and let me know what you think.
2 cups baby spinach
1 ripe kiwi, peeled and quartered
1 cup raw milk
1 scoop vanilla or plain whey protein powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
Lots of ice
Blend all together, serve immediately.
226 calories, 1 g fat, 4 g fiber, 27 g protein
Even though this shake has four superfoods, today’s post is focused on the star of the shake: spinach.
Calorie for calorie, spinach provides more nutrients than almost any other food on the planet. Spinach is loaded with vitamin K, which is critical for building strong bones. Spinach is loaded with calcium, vitamin A, manganese, folic acid, magnesium, iron, vitamin C and anti-inflammatory compounds. Spinach contains flavonoids, which act as antioxidants and anticancer agents. Research shows that spinach can slow down cell division in cancer cells and even lower the risk of breast, colon and prostate cancer. Spinach can also help protect the brain from age-related declines and stroke. If that wasn’t enough, spinach also contains lutein, which protects against eye disease and vision loss. Spinach is also extremely low in calories and makes for a great salad, side dish or even addition to your smoothie!
This is one powerhouse food that I’m definitely adding to my regular meal rotation.