To ensure my soon to be born baby receives enough folic acid, I rely heavily on spinach smoothies. However, there are only so many times I can sip on orange banana smoothie, which I consider the traditional smoothie, so I went to the internet for ideas …
I have always wanted to be on TV as a person who tastes food and comments on it. This has not happened yet so I am using my blog to share my thoughts and findings. First up, the Cherry Almond Spinach Smoothie from Meaningful Eats.
- 1/4 cup raw almonds, soaked in water overnight (or 6-12 hours)
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- 1 frozen banana
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- 1-2 cups spinach
Smoothies have a lot of hidden calories. This one, about 484 calories because I figure …. almonds: 140; cherries: 120, small banana: 120; orange juice: 90; spinach: 14.
Healthy Extras: Optional
- Chia Seeds
- Hemp Seeds
- Protein Powder
Full recipe and directions here. I made this smoothie twice. The first time, I forgot the banana so I used a fresh banana as a garnish. It was delicious. I also used vanilla whey protein, which I think gave a creamy texture. The second time, I dropped the protein powder, to cut 150 calories, and blended in a fresh banana, which brought out a nutty flavor … it was awesome.
I never soaked the almonds because I forgot, but they blended in just fine. I also used way more than the 1-2 cups of spinach. One cup of fresh spinach is one serving of vegetables. Pregnant people need 6 to 11 cups so I use two large handfuls, which looks about 4 cups. And, I forgot the water, which I am assuming just would have thinned out my smoothie so I am glad that I didn’t even realize until now. I am just the worst at following directions.
Warning: This smoothie turned out a funny green color. It tastes much better than it looks.