(makes 4 smoothie packs, 10 min prep, 5 min cook)
Ingredients: 2 cups spinach, 4 bananas, 2 cups strawberries, 1 cup blueberries, unsweetened almond milk, spirulina, ground flaxseeds. Optional: raw cacao powder and raw honey.
- Steam 2 cups of spinach for 5 minutes and then strain. Set aside.
- Slice the bananas and strawberries into small sections.
- Evenly divide the steamed spinach, bananas, strawberries, and blueberries between 4 freezer bags. Toss in the freezer for at least overnight.
- Remove one bag from the freezer, add the mixture to a blender with unsweetened almond milk, and blend on high until smooth.
- Add spirulina and ground flaxseeds and blend again until smooth. Optional: you can also add raw cacao powder and raw honey to taste for a delicious chocolate flavor.
Steaming the spinach before freezing it for the smoothies removes the potential harm of goitrogens for those with an underachieve thyroid, which, for some people, sometimes comes from a low-carbohydrate diet, such as paleo. You can read more about this in my "Why you should eat cooked green smoothies" blog post. The antioxidants from the strawberries, blueberries, and spirulina help to defend your body against free radicals that cause cancer while the bananas and ground flaxseeds provide numerous digestive benefits. Not to mention, spiraling is actually a good source of protein! Also, a recent study showed that bananas are just as good at keeping energy levels steady as drinking an equivalent amount of carbohydrate and minerals from a processed sports beverage, so it's great for athletes!