So if you’ve read more than one or two of my posts, you know that I’m vegetarian. I’m not a health-nut, per say. I just don’t agree with supporting the killing of animals for my tastebuds’ enjoyment. Just my own opinion – I don’t judge if you don’t agree! My point in saying this that I have had a really hard time consuming enough iron in my meat-free diet. Through a couple blood tests, it has come to my attention that I am severely anemic, and it’s not getting any better.
Sure, there are iron supplements that I could take, but I’ve been trying to come up with ways to consume more iron-filled dark leafy greens in my diet without just eating salads and kale chips all day long. You would think that as a vegetarian, I love all those leafy types of things, but that isn’t really the case. I want things that taste good. Sweet, savory, salty, gooey…. not plant-like.
I’ve been looking into those green smoothies as a way to get more iron into my diet, and after reading all the reviews on how great they tasted, I decided it was time to take the leap. Luckily, I had a big bunch of spinach leftover from a dinner this week as well as some bananas and berries in the freezer. Thinking that these few ingredients wouldn’t be enough to make a tasty smoothie that didn’t taste like a salad, I got the honey out and planned on incorporating that for a little sweet-factor. Guess what?! Didn’t even need it! The banana and berries masked the taste of the spinach. Couldn’t even tell it was in there. I think even my 5 year old will love it! Can’t wait for him to try it out for an after-school snack.
This is honestly one of the yummiest and easiest breakfasts I’ve made in a long time. I don’t have a big hot-shot blender. No Vitamix or anything. Just a $20 Walmart blender. Keep it real. No need to be fancy. Throw it in – flip it on – drink it up!
I hope you try it out! Do you have any yummy green smoothie recipes you can share? What other fruits and veggies should I add to my spinach-filled drinks?
Berry Healthy Sneaky Smoothie
handful of fresh spinach, stems cut off
2 bananas (I used 1 fresh, and 1 I had frozen)
1 cup mixed berries (fresh or frozen)
1 1/2 cups water