Chocolate + Spinach = Yum?

Friday’s a great day to throw a little health into the equation before the weekend rolls into full (and fat!) view.  After all, we all know what those lazy days are for: indulging and getting the most fun time in before Monday.  Unfortunately, that often entails large amounts of unhealthy food and for many of us, guilt.  So, if you’re already dreaming of chocolate and it’s not yet noon, fix yourself a green smoothie.  I guarantee it will curb your chocolate cravings and give you a boost of nutrition too.  And did I mention it’s yummy?  If you haven’t yet tried a smoothie loaded with greens, believe me, you’ll hardly notice the difference, but your skin, hair, and nails will.   Yay for radiance!  And this time of year we could all use a bit of that, right?

 Chocolaty Pumpkin Giant

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/3 cup of pomegranate juice (or water)
  • Handful of frozen strawberries or about 2 cups
  • ½ cup of pureed pumpkin
  • Big pinch of flax seeds
  • 2-3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • Pinch Nutmeg and Cinnamon
  • Milk, Almond Milk, or Soy to thin smoothie out as desired (accustomed to a sweeter taste, use vanilla soy or almond milk)
  • 1 banana (optional, creates a creamier texture)

Add spinach and pomegranate first, puree, then add additional ingredients.   If you add more cocoa powder, watch out, my husband swears it makes the smoothie taste like cement (?!) 

If you are allergic to foods without added sugar, add just a small amount, but you probably won’t need it.  The strawberries sweeten it up and Saigon cinnamon (or sugar cinnamon) only makes you think it has added sugar – a handy trick if you’re diabetic.

 Need more ideas?  Or agree with my husband about the cement?  Head over to Green Monster Movement to explore some more super healthy smoothie recipes.

 

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