As you probably already know, I love smoothies! They are easy to make, they taste delicious, and keep me satisfied for hours!!!
Today after going for a long run, I needed a good energy boost. So I decided to make a green smoothie with spinach, just like Popeye the Sailor Man, who eats a can of spinach to produce bulging muscles, every time he needs energy to get out of trouble. Popeye is actually quite smart. A recent study from Sweden shows that eating a bowl of spinach a day, makes your muscles profoundly more efficient.
The ingredients which make spinach a real power food are the nitrates, which are found abundantly in spinach. Nitrates make our mitochondria ( the “energy builder” of cells), more efficient. Plus spinach has many other good qualities. Spinach is an excellent source of beta-carotene, a powerful disease-fighting antioxidant, that has been shown, to fight heart disease and cancer as well. It is also rich in calcium, iron and other phytochemicals.
Popeye’s Super Spinach Smoothie:
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup almond milk (or any other kind of milk)
- 1 apple
- 2 tbs. pea protein
- ½ medium size avocado
- ½ tbs chia seeds
- 2 dates
- Juice from ½ lemon
- 1 – 2 handfulls of fresh spinach
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 4 ice cubes
Mix in a blender until smooth and enjoy!
I drank mine in our back yard! So peaceful and nice.
What do you eat/drink after your workout?