April 03, 2010

Spinach Protein Shake

My sister Whitney is an amazing cook.

When it comes to healthy eating she is always at the top of her game.  The other day I was visiting with her and she whipped up a delicious shake.  I was hoping it was made with chocolate and a splash of caramel syrup.  Well, when I caught her dumping spinach into it I thought she might have lost her mind.  

"You don't put spinach in a shake! Spinach is for granola type people who live in the wilderness and trap their own meat.  You just don't put spinach in a shake."  

Well, she did and it was absolutely delicious.  My kids even drank it up - I just didn't tell them that it was healthy. When they finally asked why it was green I told them and they were impressed with the fact that it actually was healthy for them.  Since Whitney does not measure things she had a hard time telling me what the recipe was.  So this is a knock off of her recipe.  You will be pleasantly surprised at how healthy you feel after drinking leafy spinach.

Spinach Protein Shake

8 oz. almond milk, soy milk, or skim milk
1 scoop Elite protein powder (vanilla or mint chocolate)
2 large handfulls raw spinach (about 2.5cups)
1-2 tbsp. honey
few pieces of ice, about 4 large cubes (you can always add more, but start with less)

Tasty and Nutritional Additions:

  • If you are in need of omega-3 fatty acids (which we all need), you can add a tablespoon of flax seed or flax seed oil. You can also add 1/2 an avocado, which makes the shake very creamy.
  • If you don't want your shake to be green, you can add frozen mixed berries, which is always delicious. (think chocolate dipped strawberries or rasberries shake-style) 
  • Other tasty additions include sugar-free strawberry jam (smuckers), it tastes phenomenal in this. Any type of jam can be put into this, just make sure it's 100% fruit.
Directions: (use blender)
-Blend milk and spinach for a few seconds before other ingredients
-Add protein, splenda, ice, and your additions. Blend. ("ice crush" for a while, then turn to a medium level of blending, the longer I blend the better it tastes, I would say a minimum of 30 seconds. For thicker shakes add more ice, if you accidently add too much ice, add a bit more milk or water, tap and tilt your blender to mix better.)
-If you want a stronger taste of an added ingredient, wait on adding it until after blending everything else, then pulse in blender for a few seconds before drinking.


bBchronicles said...

"THIS" is my absolute favorite! My only CHANGE to your recipe would be to DROP the splenda (don't eat the stuff ever again!!!) and use honey OR stevia. THANK YOU FOR SHARING - she's made it for me BUT, I've never gotten the recipe from her.

LOVE YOUR BLOG, HEADUE!!!!! Keep up the great work. I come HERE for inspiration AND i'm NEVER disappointed!

Jenny-Jenny said...

We love spinach smoothies at our house! Add a kiwi and a banana for another yummy twist!

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