Purple Super Smoothie

This isn’t actually baking, but it does involve food.

I’m still on a Super-Food kick, and I keep seeing recipes for various types of Super-Food smoothies that contain all sorts of things you wouldn’t normally put in a smoothie.  Like spinach.

I couldn’t imagine that it would be good, but I was curious enough to give it a try.  I used what I had on hand (full recipe at end of this post), including, yes – SPINACH.

This pic is a little dark, but the ingredients I used are: Baby spinach, Boston lettuce, cucumber, blueberries, strawberries, Pomegranate juice, Hemp milk, flaxmeal, and Agave nectar.

I put them all in the food processor –  here’s the “before”:

and then processed it for about 30 sec, added some crushed ice and pulsed a few times to blend. Here’s the”after” – a beautiful, dark purple smoothie!

I was expecting a really icky, spinach-y taste, but I have to tell you . . . IT WAS AWESOME!  Had a strong berry flavor. Couldn’t even taste the spinach! I’m guessing that the sweet Boston lettuce “neutralized” the spinach flavor.  I did taste a hint of cucumber, but I LOVE the flavor and fragrance of cucumber, and somehow it worked with the berry flavor.

And this is good for you with all the antioxidants and some omega-3’s.  If it had some protein in it, it would be a meal. But I can’t do soy, so I’m not sure how to add protein and still maintain the flavor.

If you want to make this, here are the quantities/ingredients I used to make one serving:

1/4 C pomegranate juice, 1/4 C hemp milk (any kind of milk will do), 1 T agave nectar (or use honey), 1/2 C packed fresh organic baby spinach, 1/2 C packed Boston lettuce, 4 slices cucumber, 1/4 C organic blueberries, 1/2 C organic strawberries (or use mixed berries), 1 T flaxmeal, crushed ice.

I used organic spinach and berries because the regular kind of each has very high pesticide residue.

This is going to be my new Official Weekend Treat.


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