Every time I start writing a post about a smoothie I get very excited since smoothies are really my favorite foods! Thanks to some genius who decided to blend fruits and drink them and thank you Vitamix for creating THE blender.
I was doing mostly sweet smoothies for breakfast recently. And that comes as no surprise, it’s natural to crave sweetness in the mornings, the body knows better how to start a day. And since I try to always get a smoothie for breakfast – I mostly blended berries and sweet fruits like pears and pineapple (and bananas, of course).
This week I wanted to cherish the body and help it cleanse by beginning the day with a green smoothie with great alkaline properties.
Broccoli, spinach and blueberries are excellent foods for this purpose. Moreover, I believe that thick and nutritious smoothies are more delicious, they’re a kind of a thick milkshake. Also, my favorite smoothies are the ones with plant milks. Therefore today I decided to make a thick, delicious alkaline smoothie from green ingredients and added protein (almond meal), and a sweet note (from dates in my almond meal paste).
I love blueberries in all forms – raw, frozen and dried. This berry, in addition to its marvellous color, being an antioxidant, has the property of detoxifying the body. Bilberry is rich in potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron and magnesium, it contains B complex vitamins, vitamin A, C, E and K. Blueberries have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, improve vision, lower blood sugar, improve digestion and metabolism, and slow down aging processes.
Broccoli and spinach
Broccoli is probably the most health beneficial vegetable from the cabbage family. It’s rich in cellulose, ascorbic and folic acids, B complex, vitamins C, K, E. Broccoli also contains magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, zinc, iron, calcium, potassium and sodium. It is a low-calorie food and is suitable for most diets.
I adore broccoli in soups and in a variety of buddha bowls (when there is garnish, other vegetables (in different forms), sauce, seeds, etc. in one plate). Also, as you are about to check yourself, broccoli is great in smoothies. It’s incredibly healthy and goes well with other vegetables and fruits.
As to spinach, this rich green is also unique. Spinach contains folic acid, vitamins B1, B2, B9, A, C, K, beta-carotene, iron, chlorophyll, calcium, manganese, magnesium and antioxidants.
Spinach has an interesting property of greatly diminishing in size when cooked, please remember this. If you put a handful of spinach in your stew, omelette or noodles, don’t be surprised if it dissolves completely. Be generous if you want to find it in the cooked meal.
Spinach is an excellent ingredient for freshly squeezed detox-juices and smoothies. It doesn’t have a bright taste and is easily masked by other foods. So, I love to add spinach to my smoothies with strawberries, blueberries, with cacao and vegetable proteins. I also really love spinach in omelettes and creamy pureed soups.
Let’s check the recipe
Since I’m using my almond meal-dates paste the smoothie is rather sweet and you may consider not adding any other sweeteners.
If you feel that you want it more sweet, add more dates, coconut nectar, agave or lucuma (probably the best option).