A Stupidly Simple Way to Eat 6 oz of Spinach for Breakfast 

Mighty Mango Green Smoothie

Hi, hello!! It has been the longest moment. Forgive the Chroma Kitchen hiatus. I’ve been buried under the sundries of life and training for the Boston Marathon, which is now just a week away! 

In honor of the impending 26.2 miles, I’m sharing the recipe for the smoothie that I drink every morning to power my training runs. It uses a whole 6 oz bag of spinach, but it’s blissfully uncomplicated, and it’s packed with micronutrients and clean, green energy.

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3 Reasons to Start Your Day with a Boatload of Spinach

Magnesium

Spinach is one of the best sources of magnesium, an under-appreciated mineral in our diets. Magnesium doesn't get the same attention that potassium, calcium, and iron do, but magnesium plays a critical supporting role in over 300 biochemical reactions in our bodies. It's key to maintaining bone health, facilitating energy production, stabilizing blood sugar, and controlling inflammation. 

Flavonoids & Carotenoids

These anti-inflammatory phytonutrients are uncommonly abundant in spinach, and spinach appears to have salutary effects on inflammation within the digestive tract. Chronic inflammation is looking increasingly culpable as a risk factor for many chronic diseases and types of cancers, so eating foods that decrease inflammation is a pretty nifty way to treat yourself to a healthier, happier body. 

Omega-3s

Spinach is extremely low-fat (about 40% protein and 60% carbohydrate). However, it does contain some omega-3 fatty acids, which are generally in short supply in the standard American diet. Consuming omega-3s can help raise HDL cholesterol ("good cholesterol") while reducing triglycerides, blood pressure, and—once again— inflammation. In conclusion, eat up! 

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This smoothie is the lovechild of breakfast and dessert: it's delicious but not quite decadent, sweet but not saccharine. The spinach makes it unbelievably creamy. I could (I do) drink it every morning. 

Prep time: 5 minutes | Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 6 oz  (170 g) spinach*
  • 1 cup (236 ml) water
  • 1/4  cup (60ml) soy milk** 
  • 1 cup (140 g) frozen mango
  • Pinch of sea salt***

Preparation

  1. Blend together spinach, water, soy milk until the consistency is altogether smooth and creamy. 
  2. Add frozen mango and salt. Blend again. 
  3. Sip and feel mighty. 

Notes

*On the spinach front, I opt for the Trader Joe’s organic baby spinach which is one of the most convenient and cost effective brands of bagged spinach. When I'm living my best life, though, the farmers’ market is the name of the game. 

**It’s worth paying attention to the ingredients list on your carton of soy milk—or other milk alternative. Most brands include carrageenan, a commonly used thickener and stabilizer, which can be rough on people’s stomachs and also potentially causes cancer. Many include canola oil as well. Not ideal. I like to use brands that have only two ingredients: water and whole soybeans (e.g. Organic Unsweetened Edensoy).  

***This pinch of sea salt brings out the sweetness of the mango, and this is key, since this smoothie is much less sweet than the average fruity blend. 

Nutrition

Serving Size: 1 Recipe | Calories: 150 | Total Fat: 1 g | Carbohydrate: 55 g | Sugar: 42 g | Dietary Fiber: 11 g | Protein: 8 g | Vitamin A: 162% | Vitamin C: 170% | Calcium: 24% | Iron: 36%

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