Not long ago I became curious by the idea of hiding vegetables in various recipes. I found that smoothies were the easiest way to experiment with produce and flavours. In many cases, the 'secret' ingredient is nearly tasteless and it's a great way of sneaking in an extra dose of vitamins and nutrients.
It seems like parents have been using this trick with their kids for years. Blended cauliflower in mac and cheese, mincing onions and carrots for spaghetti sauce, or for the adventurer - avocado chocolate pudding. I haven't tried the latter, but I bet it's tastier than we think.
My point is, a lot of us don't realize that as adults we probably don't eat enough fruits and vegetables in our daily diets either. So maybe sometimes we need to use these same tactics when meal planning for ourselves. For those that may turn their nose up at kale, spinach or even beets - try making them invisible in various recipes.
This is my favourite smoothie recipe, but it could easily be changed based on personal preferences. Try it with pineapple instead of banana. A little coconut water would add a tropical twist. Or throw in some strawberries and raspberries. Really just experiment with flavours and see what satisfies your taste buds. Protein powder could also be incorporated for an extra boost of protein.
I will say, however, that this frozen drink is quite filling - like a meal in itself. It's perfect for breakfast on the go! There's a really great balance of fruits, vegetables, and protein from the greek yogurt and chia seeds. It's also super tasty and refreshing on a hot summer day.
- 1 Cup Chopped Baby Spinach
- 1/3 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
- 1/3 Cup Frozen Blueberries
- Half of a Banana
- 1/4 Cup of Plain Almond Milk
- 1 Tbsp Honey
- 1 Tsp Chia Seeds
- Remove the stems from your spinach - they're bitter and a little harder to blend. I also like to chop my spinach into tiny pieces to help give the Magic Bullet a head start.
- Layer all ingredients into the cup. It doesn't really matter which order, but I do prefer to put the spinach near the top so that it begins blending first and breaks down into itty bitty pieces.
- Blend, blend, blend.
- Pour into a serving glass and enjoy!
Also, make sure to check your teeth after drinking a batch of this! Although you may not detect the spinach based on flavour, there will definitely be a trace of little green bits stuck in your teeth. It's just a friendly reminder that veggie goodness is in there!