My favorite has been 2 frozen bananas, 1-2 tbsp peanut butter (I use Better N Peanut Butter and have 2 tbsp), 1/2 C greek yogurt, 1 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and a couple handfuls of baby spinach. It tastes like a peanut butter banana smoothie! Mmmmm!
**B.S., ACSM Personal Trainer and NETA Group Fitness Instructor**
You need a high speed blender which would be best. But if you just have a regular blender you blend the spinach and liquid first then slowly add the fruit until all is incorporated. i make smoothies all the time and use a mix of collard greens, mustard greens, dandelion greens, swiss chard, romaine, spinach, kale, broccoli and whatever I can get my hands on. I use unsweetened almond milk most of the time. Sometimes i will throw in Peanut butter or a small handful of nuts or some other kind of nut butter to smooth it out. I don't do any kind of dairy as I am vegan raw so no yogurt or milk. No, you do not have to cook the spinach. Raw spinach is much better for you anyway. You want all the enzymes and cooking the veggies kills many of the enzymes that your body needs. I use the fruit to sweeten, but sometimes I also add bee pollen (an awesome superfood) or acai powder or complex C. I love to add cinnamon and vanilla. Gives it an awesome flavor. Depending on my green mix I also add a dash of spirulina or maca powder. I love Celery and cucumber in my smoothies as well. So I don't water it down too much with ice, I freeze my fruit. That way i can buy fruits in season and use them all year long.
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I throw leafy greens into my smoothies raw. Although, spinach is one of the vegetables that actually has more nutrients once it is cooked, I like the texture of the raw greens in the smoothie. You can always experiment to see what textures and flavors you like in your green smoothies. Berries and other fruit add sweetness. I tend to like a mixture of green vegetables with apple &/or banana.
so i'd like to try and get in more fruits and veggies by making my own smoothies. i found an idea on pinterest where you make little green smoothie disk to use in smoothies so i'd like to use that idea. right now i have some spinach and some frozen asparagus(i'll never eat plain...i tried i didn't like the texture!) my question is should i cook the spinach first? i always hear about that taking some of the nutrients out(or something like that). i don't think this makes the best sense. lol i have spinach and asparagus and would like to make some smoothie starters with them whats the best way?!?
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