Thursday, November 29, 2012

Healthy Smoothies with SPINACH

We own a Vita- Mix. It's a super powerful blender that can chop up anything. It's an expensive blender, but we bit the bullet and bought it a couple of years ago because hubby and I were drinking healthy fruit smoothies every morning for breakfast and I knew we would use it daily. We still use it every day. Actually, we use it multiple times a day, so it was a good investment. In our fruit smoothies, we put Reliv nutritional powder, an apple, an orange, frozen fruit, flax seed oil, ground flax seed, ground chia seed and spinach (you can't even taste the spinach!). Many days we msised throwing in the spinach because we were out of it, or it wasn't washed and we were rushed, etc. Last summer I had a great idea and you can use this with whatever blender you own or with whatever smoothie recipe you use. We bought a large container of fresh organic spinach. We ground it up in our Vita-Mix unitl it was liquified. We poured it into ice cube trays and froze them. When the spinach cubes were frozen, we popped them out and put them in a freezer ziploc bag. Now in the morning, we just throw a couple in the Vita-Mix with our other ingredients. It's so convenient and we are now getting a serving of spinach daily. You could thow a couple of frozen spinach cubes into your kids' shakes and malts, too, and they wouldn't even know they were getting some good veggies!

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