Veggies, I love them, but it can be easy to not eat any if you aren’t in the mood for a salad, or if they’ve not been previously prepared. As a solution to this problem I would make myself some large kale and spinach smoothies, but when I took the high-carb fruit out of them to fit into my diet they weren’t that tasty. Pretty bad, actually. Seriously. Bad.
Thankfully those days are past! I was rather motivated to come up with a tasty alternative, and it was actually pretty easy and made my green smoothies healthier than before! The main ingredients? Kale, spinach, chia, ginger, coconut oil, and cottage cheese.
Some of the health benefits you might ask? Kale and spinach are filled with fiber, iron, vitamins K, A, and C, calcium, powerful antioxidants, manganese, and folate. Aside from that quite impressive list there’s more! They help with detox, work as an anti-inflammatory, and are great for preventing cancer. I started out using kale and spinach because I heard of a few of their health benefits, but the more I read about them the more I want to drink these smoothies several times a day, instead of once a day.
Ginger, how I love thee. You’re quite delicious when fermented into a fizzy drink, you sooth the stomach, you have a unique spiciness that adds a nice punch to Asian dishes, and all that’s aside from your many health benefits.
Okay, enough of my love note to ginger. This is getting weird. Anyways, ginger has many health benefits. Some things it can improve are blood circulation, detox, absorption of important nutrients, immune system, nausea, inflammation, and more! This makes me happy, because it gives me an excuse to put it in anything and everything that the flavors will work with.
The last of the ingredients are cottage cheese, mango, coconut oil, chia, stevia, and water. I use cottage cheese for the protein and creaminess, however if you read the linked to article you will see it has some important vitamins and nutrients as well. I use a small amount of mango for the delicious flavor, however it also has plenty of vitamins C, A, B, and potassium. I use coconut oil due to healthy fats having many benefits for the body, including actually helping you burn more fat, reducing your risk of heart disease, and reducing seizures for those with epilepsy. Chia seeds are amazing. They are full of fiber, have large amounts of protein, calcium, omega-3, manganese, and more!
I also add stevia, but that’s just for a little sweetness. Seriously, I just use this for flavor. However, if you really want it to have some sort of health benefit you can read this article. I could link to an article on health benefits of water, but I think that’s just getting ridiculous. ;)
- 16oz washed kale
- 16oz washed spinach
- 4 1/3 cups diced mango
- 1 cup kale
- 1 cup spinach
- 1/3 cup mango
- Large chunk of ginger
- 1 TBSP ground chia
- 1 TBSP coconut oil
- 1/2 cup cottage cheese
- 1/4 tsp stevia powder
- 1 cup water
- Ice cubes (optional)
- In quart sized plastic bags add one cup of kale, one cup of spinach, one third of a cup diced mango, and a large ginger chunk. The ginger varies on taste, I like mine spicy so I add quite a bit. You should come out with approximately 13 bags of prepared smoothie master mix. Freeze for later use.
- In a blender add the cottage cheese, coconut oil, ground chia, stevia, water, and one bag of smoothie master mix (the kale, spinach, mango, and ginger). If your master mix isn't frozen add in a few ice cubes to make it cold. Blend until completely smooth. Enjoy while cold.
- For the ginger you need to either peel or wash it. If you choose to wash it make sure to scrub it well with a vegetable brush.
- My blender of choice is the Oster. I've tried other brands, such as Ninja, but they just can't match up. I'm not affiliated with Oster, I just love their blenders.
What’s your health food of choice? Do you have a both yummy and healthy recipe?