When the Kale and Spinach start coming in it really comes in. There is more than just growing here at YouCanHydroGro, we actually like eating what we grow and finding some really great recipes. (Unless of course, you are an absolutely beautiful head of lettuce, that you’ve taken more pictures of them of your kids. Again, I digress – another story for another time.)
Here are 3 of the best recipes of Kale and Spinach we have found so far, but first what are the 5 benefits of smoothies made from these very green leafy vegetables?
5 BENEFITS OF GREEN LEAFY SMOOTHIES
1. Improved Digestion
Smoothies, unlike juices, utilize the whole fruits and veggies that go into them. The abundant fiber in leafy greens will help you reach optimal digestibility.
2. Healthy Bones
Dark leafy greens are rich in calcium and vitamin K, which helps the calcium get to your bones instead of your tissues.
3. Increased Energy
Leafy dark green smoothies have enhanced nutrient absorption – which helps you to get energized.
4. Heart Health
Dark leafy greens are rich in antioxidants like vitamins A and C, greens in smoothies can lower cholesterol. That can be a big help for the old ticker.
5. Consume Your Daily Dose of Veggies Without Realizing it
Let’s face it eating enough veggies can be a challenge and not that one lettuce leaf slapped in between a juicy burger and cheese with a pickle doesn’t count. Green veggies are loaded with chlorophyll which helps to replenish and rebuild red blood cells. So, if you can whip up a smoothie that is great tasting smoothie, so why not try it?
THREE GREAT RECIPES
“A delicious way to add more veggies to your diet! This recipe is very versatile. You can change out the greens with whatever you want. Chia seeds give you added protein and energy. Hemp seeds will give you a boost of omegas!” This smoothie is made with almond milk, peanut butter, chia seeds, banana, kale, and spinach.
“This is the gateway Kale Smoothie to end all kale smoothies! And to end all green smoothies in general. It’s made with healthy ingredients like banana, pineapple, kale, and peanut butter, is high in protein and fiber to keep you full, and (this is important) doesn’t taste like kale.” This is smoothie includes, banana, honey, pineapple, Greek yogurt, almond milk, kale, and spinach can be also added.
Marzia’s husband is a “..hater of all things veggies, (up until recently) has declared he loves these smoothies. That’s saying a lot, folks. You don’t know him that well yet, so let me explain. That’s like saying a 4-year-old just happily agreed to eat brussels sprouts for breakfast.” This is a great recipe that adds strawberries, orange, Greek yogurt, honey, mango or pineapple, kale, and spinach.
For additional Smoothie Recipes, check out that The Green Smoothie Recipe Book by Mendocino Press. Over 100 green recipes jammed packed with recipes for energy, detoxing, improving digestion and much more.
Let us know what your favorite smoothie recipe is and remember it’s a great time of year to grow that kale and spinach!