ULTRA WHEY SPINACH SMOOTHIE.
If you haven't whipped up a spinach smoothie, then there's no time like the present! Did you know, spinach has its own national day, (Friday 26th March) but we think adding spinach to your smoothie recipe should be at the top of your menu most days, and there's plenty of reasons why, read on for more...
It’s about time spinach got some recognition. When we think of spinach, our minds instantly go to Popeye busting open a can, chugging it down in one and suddenly growing giant arms.
We can’t be the only ones because the consumption of spinach went up by a third in America following the creation of Popeye.
Nowadays it’s a staple ingredient in most people’s diets and for good reason! It’s filled to the brim with various vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It is in fact, one of the most nutritionally dense vegetables there is.
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Spinach contains Vitamins A, B6, B9, C, E K1, Folic acid, Iron, Potassium, Magnesium AND Calcium.
Alongside all these, spinach also contains several important plant compounds. These include Lutein, Kaempferol, Nitrates, Quercetin and Zeaxanthin.
Now, if you’re feeling a little bit lost and like you’ve stumbled into a science lesson by accident, don’t worry. We’ll explain why these are important.
Let’s take Iron and Calcium as examples. Iron helps create something called ‘haemoglobin’ and is the process of bringing oxygen to your body’s tissues. Calcium is essential for bone health and for those following a vegan diet or avoiding dairy, spinach can be a great alternative source.
So, what is an antioxidant? Well, our body creates something called a free radical, a by-product of metabolism. These can accumulate and lead to oxidative stress which is responsible for accelerated aging. This is where antioxidants come in (clue is kind of in the name). They fight oxidative stress in the body and can help to reduce the damage caused.
Spinach has some pretty tasty companions when it comes to foods rich in antioxidants. Dark chocolate, pecans, blueberries, goji berries and strawberries to name but a few.
We’ve come up with a delicious smoothie recipe which incorporates some of these health giants, plus, a few extras that make this a fantastic way to start your day
This smoothie contains 13g of protein alone but is increased to 47g by adding in a scoop of SCI-MX Ultra Whey Vanilla.
SCI-MX SPINACH SMOOTHIE RECIPE
- 250ml unsweetened almond milk
- 1 ripe banana
- 60g chopped mango
- 60g strawberries
- 30g pumpkin seeds
- 1 scoop of Ultra Whey Vanilla or Ultra Plant
- 2 large handfuls of spinach
- Dark chocolate for the topping
- Blend the almond milk and seeds together first for around 20-30 seconds, this will ensure that they get nice and smooth. Go ahead and add in the remaining ingredients and blend for another 30 seconds.
For a little treat, grate some dark chocolate on top of the smoothie and enjoy!
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