It’s high time I told you what I’ve been downing for breakfast lately. First off though, I really think I need to explain why I have changed course from drinking any of my other delicious Green Smoothies. You see, it’s my appetite. My once-legendary ability to eat Mr. Bailor under the table tanked about 6 weeks ago. What that means in practical terms is that I simply cannot physically consume very much food any more, and consequently, when I do eat I have to focus only on the nutrient-dense essentials – the non-starchy veggies, the lean protein, and the healthy fats.
Enter The Hardcore Green Smoothie.
I realize that this image is a pile of spinach and not a green smoothie. You can expect a glass of green liquid by the time you’re done making it, rather like any of the other 7 green smoothie pictures I’ve already shot for you, although it’s true that they are not all green.
Let me be clear about a couple of things upfront: 1. I did not shoot this image of spinach, and if I knew who did I would credit them. 2. this smoothie does not taste delicious. It doesn’t taste horrid by any means, but it is not scrumptious like the Strawberry Milkshake Smoothie or the Orange Creamsicle Smoothie. It reminds me most of the flavor of peanut butter. It has a vaguely nutty taste, but on the whole it really doesn’t taste of anything at all, which for me makes it perfectly palatable, just not something that makes my mouth go, “Wow!” Given it’s purpose in my life at this point, I’m good with that.
So right now I have this for breakfast every day as a means to an end – to get the most nutrient-dense meal I can in as small a volume as possible. At first I hesitated to post this, because delicious is what I do when it comes to recipes, but if you have times when you also need maximum nutrition and *SANEity in a small package, this may well be a great trick for you, too, as long as you’re down with more function than flavor.
While we’re on the subject of green smoothies, let’s take a quick refresher on what there is to love about spinach. Spinach is a good source of niacin and zinc, and a very good source of dietary fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese. Amazing! It looks so tame and unassuming. This hardcore smoothie gives you 6 servings of non-starchy veggies where 1 serving = 1 packed cup = 1 oz / 30g.
Then the egg white powder storms home with 96% protein. You get more than your 30g of protein in by using just 45g of powder – about 1/3rd cup – and there ain’t nothing else that can pack that kind of protein power into such a small space. Finished up with some lovely medium-chain triglycerides in the coconut milk and you’re set. *SANE as SANE can be.
Next time you want maximum nutrition in just one glass, go hardcore!
- 1 cup / 8 fl oz. thin coconut milk (in a carton)
- 1 1/2 oz. / 45g powdered egg white
- 6 oz. / 170g fresh spinach
- Pour the coconut milk into the blender.
- Add the egg white powder and immediately blend on the lowest speed until mixed. This stops the egg white powder getting stuck on the sides of the jug and being wasted.
- Gradually push the spinach through the hole in the blender lid with the blender still running on low.
- Once all the spinach is added, blend on high until it is completely smooth and free from any pieces of spinach.