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Isn’t she lovely… all dressed in green! It’s a new hue today! Not really… I giggle every time I create my smoothies…. those darn greens, they just take over in the color department. They may the same in color but the flavors do vary.
I really don’t care what color my smoothies are because I am after cell-healing-body-regeneration… healing! Dark green leafy vegetables are nutritional powerhouses filled with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Spinach is rich in chlorophyll, which alkalinizes the blood, and fiber, which keeps the colon healthy.
If you are new to making smoothies and are perhaps a little put-off or nervous about the flavor of adding dark greens to your morning drink… start small and build up. This is a race, it’s a journey. I do my best with all my green smoothies to make them taste amazing, with very little taste of greens.
So far I have loved every smoothie that I have made this week and to this date that is 7! Some are more filling than others and this is one of those. The chia seeds and psyllium husks give this smoothie a great thick (but not to thick) texture.
As you look at these recipes don’t get locked into the ingredient measurements thinking that you have to use a measuring cup or a scale. Right now my purpose for doing this is so I can get the exact nutrient value out of curiosity. I am making sure that I am eating / drinking enough calories, fats, proteins and carbs. One thing that I have learned so far in consuming all of these smoothies is that they fill me up and keep me nice and full.
Sight: Spinach contains a natural pigment known as lutein, and lutein has been studied and shown to have properties that help to prevent cataracts. Lutein also helps to prevent weakness in the eye muscles caused by aging.
Cancer: Spinach is also loaded with natural antioxidants called flavenoids. As an antioxidant, flavenoids help the body fight against cell damage from within. Which also helps the fight against cancer, reducing a person’s chances of contacting various forms of cancer, especially prostate cancer.
Energy: Perhaps this is where Popeye gets his powers from spinach. Iron is high in the leafy plant, and iron helps to carry blood throughout the body by helping to build red blood cells. More oxygen throughout the body and stronger red blood cells means more energy and less fatigue.
Cholesterol: Cholesterol is that bad stuff that brings about blockages in the arteries. Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E all help to prevent or lessen the build up of that cholesterol within the arteries. Guess what contains its fair share of all those vitamins? If you guessed spinach, you win the prize! Sorry, not really. No prizes being handed out today. I can’t afford them.
Bone strength: Or maybe this is how Popeye builds his strength with spinach. Vitamin K is also common within spinach, and Vitamin K helps the bones to retain higher levels of calcium. And that calcium keeps the bones strong and helps to prevent osteoporosis, a disease in which bone density is reduced and fractures become more common.
Blood pressure: Sodium raises your blood pressure. Spinach doesn’t have a lot of sodium. But it does contain plenty of potassium, and potassium helps to lessen the effects of sodium and helps to keep blood pressure lower. So, eat your spinach! But always check with your doctor about what to eat if you are suffering from high or low blood pressure or if you are suffering from any disease or are just not feeling well.
Diabetes: Eating spinach regularly is known to regulate blood sugar levels, so diabetics should probably eat some spinach. It’s all the magnesium in spinach that helps this vegetable to regulate blood sugar levels.
Weight loss: Spinach doesn’t have a lot of calories, about 40 calories per cup of uncooked spinach. That combined with the fact spinach has twice as much fiber as most other lettuces means spinach is an excellent food for losing weight. The low calories means you can eat until you’re more than full. The extra fiber means your body isn’t going to hang onto much of that spinach (or anything else, for that matter) for very long.
Aging: Considering all the anti-oxidant properties, vitamins, minerals, lutein and everything else found in spinach, this eatable green is known to strengthen the skin and thus to help with wrinkles and such with bring about the more aged look. So maybe try some spinach instead of going to the plastic surgeon. Just an idea. Don’t mean to tick off any plastic surgeons.
Stronger teeth: Remember all that Vitamin K from spinach that strengthens the bones? Well, your teeth are bones. Which means if you want stronger teeth, eating spinach is a bright idea.
Spinach isn’t for everyone. In fact, if you suffer from gallbladder or kidney troubles, you shouldn’t be eating spinach. Spinach contains an oxalic acid which is not good for those who suffer from problems with kidneys and gall bladders. Talk with your doctor about your diet.