The spinach smoothie has got to be one of the healthiest possible smoothies that you can make fast on a daily basis in your own kitchen. Spinach smoothies are often used in weight loss and are extremely healthy, drinking green drinks improve weight loss substantially and the protein in smoothies really benefits weight loss. In order to successfully add it to our diet, we are going to need to understand all of its nutritional value, so we can place it at the perfect time of the day.
We are also going to need to know all of the ingredients used in the smoothie in order to examine all of the nutritional value. I have been having spinach smoothies every morning for a few months now, I find that it gives me a strong energy boost that is sustained through my entire morning and afternoon. This is obviously because of the blueberries and honey that is added to this spinach smoothie. Let’s go through all of the different ingredients so we can begin the examination…
Spinach Smoothie Recipes Ingredients
- Spinach Leaves
So what exactly is the nutritional value here? Just by looking at the ingredients if you know anything about nutrition this is going to be a very well balanced and healthy smoothie.
Well, just take a look at this chart:
Spinach Leaves – High in vitamin A as well as 6 other vitamins, good source of potassium, iron, and magnesium. As well as not containing any carbs or fats. Approximately 1 gram of protein can be found in spinach leaves.
Banana – Strong source of Vitamin C, dietary fiber, and potassium. This food also contains only 1 gram of fat. While it contains 51 grams of carbohydrates and 28 grams of sugars, they are only healthy carbs and sugars.
Orange – Your number 1 source for vitamin C. As well as 17 grams of natural sugars that will be turned into energy throughout your day.
Blueberries – Excellent source of vitamin K and healthy complex carbohydrates that will give you burst of energy whenever you need them.
Honey – Only use if you are having your shakes in the mornings as the sugar can help jumpstart your day and immediately getting energy to your muscles. This is also recommended to be taken immediately after workout!
Ice – For texture only, 0 carbs and 0 fats.
Milk – Healthy fats that should be taken at a minimum, also a good source of vitamin D, calcium, b12, and protein!
Protein Powder – For those of you who are looking to gain muscle, add 2 scoops of whey protein (any flavor) to your smoothie. Depending on the protein, this will most likely give you 40 grams of protein to get your morning started.
As you can see the nutritional value of the spinach smoothie is very good. In fact, if you have these every morning you will likely begin seeing better results after your exercises as well as in life. Having a healthy shake like this once per day can help you live day to day life in a good mood. As well as living a longer and stronger life because you are giving your body the nutrition it needs to thrive and stay young.
Spinach Smoothie Recipe
Here are the things that you will need for your spinach smoothie
- 2 cups of spinach leaves
- 1 banana
- 1 orange
- 1 cup of blueberries
- 3 tablespoons of honey
- 1 cup of crushed ice
- Filled about 50% with milk
Okay, suddenly this recipe doesn’t seem quite bad anymore right? It is getting better, so let’s begin discussing the nutritional value here. Spinach leaves are the number one food when it comes to vitamins and minerals. It has more density in nutritional value than any other natural food. The banana gives you the necessary potassium that your body needs in order to continue healing after hard workouts. The orange is mainly for taste.however, there are also many different vitamins and minerals in oranges as well. The cup of blueberries; blueberries to me is the most powerful fruit available, with 21 carbohydrates per cup it has some serious effects on your energy level.
The 3 tablespoons of honey do the same thing as the blueberries, except the honey will get you up and running for the day. So you do not have to slowly wake yourself, I use honey on a daily basis to replace coffee. I do not like putting coffee in my system and I believe there is no need when you have natural sources such as honey.
The crushed ice is mainly for texture, and the milk is for protein!.Of course, you should have this shake along with some breakfast or dinner because it is not a good source of protein, perhaps if you decided to add a bit of protein powder this could quickly change? I use additional strawberry or chocolate whey protein to really give my shake some extra flavor.
That’s how to make the perfect spinach smoothie.
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