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Spinach, Kiwi & Chia Seed Smoothie

January 8, 2013

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Certain unromantic things come with adulthood:  putting away one’s laundry, paying one’s taxes, drinking one’s spinach.

Certain amazingly romantic things come with adulthood:  eating a giant bowl of popcorn with truffle oil for dinner, painting one’s shoes in gold glitter, falling asleep on the couch while bingeing on episodes of The Shield.

It all balances itself out, and… if I might say, the scales definitely tip to the positive end when it comes to adultland.

This week is all about balancing the scales and putting things in order.  I’m knocking things out, big and small (seriously though… mostly small).  I’m hanging pants on hangers.  I’m putting clean laundry away like a grown-up.  I’m ingesting coffee and gin, generously and separately, because I can (and I’m worth it).  I’m drinking my greens, all proper-like.

I’ve also eaten my weight in white chocolate chunks.  All I needed was an excuse to buy a bag.  This really is so dangerous.

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Just look at all this health!  Greens on greens.  Fruit: squared.  Seeds and magic powder.

This is a feel-good situation.  Different from the feel-good nature of cheesecake, but similarly profound.

spinach, kiwi, and chia smoothie

Let me tell you about the extras we’re working with.

Barley Grass, Wheat Grass & Alfalfa from Amazing Grass.  It’s like adding a green powder bull dog to your body and health.  Bull dogs are the picture of ferocious health… right?  Single serving packets are also available.  Rad.

Maca Powder is derived from a Peruvian root.  I like it for its mind and body energy boost.  It also help with stamina if you’re the type of person who likes to go nutso in spin class (like me).  Someone described maca powder as ‘nature’s viagra’ which is exactly the way NEVER TO DESCRIBE ANYTHING EVER… please and thank you.

Chia Seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, protein, and fiber.  All good things!  When the dry seeds are combined with liquid they acquire a slightly gelatinous coating.  Weird and awesome.

spinach, kiwi, and chia smoothie

These are optional, but really powerful additions to our smoothie.

The fact that we’re drinking spinach is also good enough for government work.  ‘Good enough for government work’ is such a mom expression.

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It’s like the heavens are shining down on our glass of health.

This smoothie is green without tasting terribly green.  It’s thick and sweet thanks to the bananas.  The kiwi adds a tartness and mouth-pucker that only kiwi can give provide.

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Truth be told, I kicked off this smoothie with a big cup of creamy coffee.  That’s just real life.

Spinach, Kiwi & Chia Seed Smoothie

makes 1 large or 2 small smoothies

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For the Smoothie:

1 1/2 cups almond milk, cold

1 1/2 cups packed baby spinach leaves

1 banana, cut into chunks and frozen

1 ripe kiwi, peeled, cut into chunks

Awesome Extras:

2 tablespoons chia seeds

2 tablespoons wheat grass powder

1/2 to 1 teaspoon maca powder

In a blender, combine almond milk, spinach leaves, frozen banana chunks, and kiwi chunks.  Add some of the awesome extras if you’re so inclined.  Blend until smooth.  Enjoy immediately.  


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