I have always been a fan of activities that get me on the go – rollerblading, swimming, windsurfing and stand up paddling. Yet it was really only after I embarked on my yoga journey one year ago, that I started to pay good attention to the nutrition I was taking in pre and post workouts that demand a lot from my body.
Here’s a great pick-me-up that I would love to share that you can readily whip up, for a nourishing, refreshing and replenishing meal in a jar.
The Spinach Power Smoothie is so easy to make, so deliciously sweet and so hydrating – it’s not called a power smoothie for nothing! And because it’s liquid, your body absorbs all the nutrients quicker and better.
- Almond milk gives you vitamins and protein
- Flax seed and spinach are packed with vitamins, minerals and proteins
- Bananas are filled with potassium and fibre
- Avocado is a magic fruit with vitamins, minerals, proteins, good fats, dietary fibre
- Coconut water is a natural isotonic drink filled with electrolytes
Need I say more to get you started?
Ingredients you will need are :
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 2 tablespoons flax seed
- 2 firmly packed cups of spinach
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 fresh coconut (all water and coconut flesh scrapped from the husk)
Because I have slight OCD (yes, it’s true) and I like the smoothie to blend well, the above is literally the order in which I place the ingredients into the blender. I just find that it gets the ingredients mixed in the right way.
Otherwise, it’s still ok to just put everything into a blender, mix it all up, pour and slurp away!
For where I got the original recipe from, you can go to this link :
http://www.marinmamacooks.com/2012/03/spinach-power-smoothie/ from food blogger Marin Mama Cooks. Her real name is Jackie Grandy and she also has a ton of other healthy, wholesome recipes you can check out. In her version, she doesn’t use the coconut water and flesh but I like to add that in to make the smoothie less thick. Also she uses nut butter which I sometimes use (my preferred is Maranatha’s Organic Almond Butter) in place of the avocado if I prefer more grit and less creaminess for my smoothie that day.
And yes, you will also see the picture of my smoothie in my jar right at the bottom of her recipe page!
So go ahead, power up your hardworking, yoga-toned body today!
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