Power Packed Green Smoothies (that aren’t always green!!)

Last time I went to donate blood, the guy testing my blood beforehand AUDIBLY gasped when he saw my iron levels. “I know,” I said. “I eat a LOT of spinach.” And this, my friends, is how!

Green smoothies. Every day.

Before we get into the nitty gritty, just know that I don’t measure anything. My taste buds are more used to greens, so I add a ton in, but I built up to that point. I also used to just add milk in (I currently use flaxseed milk just because other milks tend to irritate my stomach), but I’ve started adding bone broth in (good for the gut), but just a bit. Sometimes I add chia seeds (which are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber, iron, and calcium; Nutiva Organic, non-GMO, Raw, Premium Black Chia Seeds, 32 Ounce is a good option!), sometimes I don’t. Over the last couple months I’ve started adding collagen peptides in (which strengthens bones, joints, skin, nails, etc.), but that doesn’t change the taste of the smoothies (I use Pure Hydrolyzed Collagen Peptides, Dietary Supplement, Grass Fed, 16 OZ). And I find that the vanilla protein powder, in addition to providing some protein, also adds a nice taste to the smoothies! (I’m currently using PlantFusion Complete Plant-Based Protein Powder, Vanilla Bean, 2 Lb Tub, 30 Servings, 1 Count, but I like the Sprouts Vegan Protein Powder a lot as well). To make the smoothie have a chocolate flavor, I simply add cocoa powder (instead of buying a whole new container of protein powder).

Frozen cauliflower adds a creaminess similar to adding banana, but bananas are full of sugar (and I have a sensitivity to them so I avoid them). *Target has bags of frozen cauliflower for 89 cents, and I stock up. To make the vegetables (carrots, beets, cauliflower) easier on your digestive system, you should steam them first, then lay them out on a cookie sheet, freeze them, then store them in a bag in the freezer. Confession though, I just buy the cauliflower frozen and use it as is! I’ve felt just fine.

P.S. I make my own bone broth and that saves me a lot of money! I have the tutorial on my Instagram stories right now, so definitely check that out.

Long story short: adjust levels as needed. Maybe start with fewer greens and more milk, protein powder, and frozen cauliflower. If the smoothie is too thin, add a couple ice cubes. If it’s too thick, add more milk or cold water. It won’t take long for you to get your thang down.

Here are some of my go-to combinations. Try them out and see if they satisfy your cravings. Soon your own Red Cross representative will be gasping at your iron levels 😉

Green Power Smoothie! — The base to a lot of these smoothies!

2 ½ cups spinach
½ cup bone broth
½+ cup flaxseed milk
½ cup frozen cauliflower
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 scoop collagen peptides
A couple shakes of cinnamon

Go-To Chocolate Smoothie — Er’y day, basically.

2 cups spinach
1+ cup flaxseed milk
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 scoop collagen peptides
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
½ cup frozen cauliflower
2 tablespoons cocoa powder

 

Carrot Spice Cake Smoothie — It’s really good, trust me!

1 cup steamed (then cooled) carrots
1+ cup flaxseed milk
½ cup frozen cauliflower
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
2 shakes cinnamon
2 shakes nutmeg

HEALTHY VANILLA MILKSHAKE!!

Fact: this tastes just like a vanilla shake, but it’s mostly CAULIFLOWER!— and flaxseed milk! (Or whatever type of milk you like to use!). This is my new favorite late night treat. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

1 – 1 ½ cups frozen cauliflower
1 cup milk
1 scoop vanilla protein powder.

Blend, and add more milk or water until it reaches a smooth consistency!

 

Blueberry Beet Smoothie
…because when my body asks for beets, she gets beets! Mmm…

½ cup spinach
1 cup flaxseed milk
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup steamed beets (I used leftover spiralized beets that I got from Sprouts)
½ cup frozen cauliflower
¼ cup frozen blueberries
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 scoop collagen peptides
2 shakes cinnamon

I blended the spinach and milk first, then sprinkled in the chia seeds and swirled them about so they could start getting jelly while I added everything else in. Then I blended it all up! You’ll be surprised how sweet this smoothie is, even though it’s beets.

Let me know if you try any of these smoothies! Do you add anything in your smoothies to add in more nutrients, or help them keep you fuller longer? DM me! I’d love to try some new things!