Mar 16, 2011

i've joined the green drink bandwagon. *hopping on*

i finally tried the green monster last night and it was SO good and refreshing. i couldn't stop drinking it!
it's super easy and does not taste like you are eating a bunch of green chopped up bits of vegetables. it tastes sweet and cold and yum.
in a blender, put: 1 TB flax, 2 cups of washed spinach, 1 banana, some blueberries and other berries if you have them, and about a cup of milk (I used soy. you can also use almond, rice, etc.). Blend, add some ice if you like it extra cold, and serve in a glass!

it made enough for 2 smoothies, so i shared with TH. and can you believe that was all i had for dinner? it was so filling and satisfying.

but here's my question: i've been reading lately that spinach has oxalic acid, which actually absorbs iron from your body, inhibiting your body's ability to take in the iron. for us ladies that need all the iron we can get, how do you get your sources of iron? i'm truly concerned about this. sometimes i just feel like you cannot win in the health world. haha.

9 comments:

Jen Evans said...

Spinach is good for you. Reading hack health articles is not.

Mary said...

Eat some meat. Or iron.

mike said...

Supplements. Especially good for women that naturally have low iron. enjoy your spinach...with pills.

The Sullengers said...

Prenatal pills have lots of vitamin - and you should be taking them anyway, baby plans or not! I started taking them over a year before I even had Hudson.

AmandaStretch said...

I use kale in my green drinks, which is even more power packed with vitamins and nutrients than spinach and the taste is the same. I also blend an iron supplement into said smoothie (or take one separately when I don't have a smoothie). Another trick is to take something with Vitamin C at the same time - OJ, strawberries, supplements, all blend well or are great alone - because Vitamin C helps with absorption of iron.

These are tricks I've learned as someone with low iron. I have my iron tested fairly regularly as a blood donor, and I haven't been too low to donate since I started all the above.

Eric said...

When you come to Utah, stop by to see me and I'll get you a bottle, it's just a couple bucks. It's absorbed poorly and it takes a long time to replenish your iron stores. You're probably not terribly low, but on average females are a touch anemic. Eat a good healthy diet of fresh foods. Or you could eat a bucket of liver. Either/or.

Laura K said...

Bucket of liver!

Camilla Leila said...

yeah spinach really is good for you. also kale is a great substitution for spinach in this drink. i usually drink this and make sure i've had a little protein on the side as well (egg whites, toast with peanut butter, etc)

modestmuse said...

I was worried you were back on Monster and maybe they'd come out with a green tea version. I was relieved to get to the "green chopped up bits of vegetables" part.