St Patrick’s Day is typically celebrated with having corned beef and cabbage, and having many foods that are artificially dyed green. This St Patrick’s Day, I recommend trying something that is naturally green: a Spinach Strawberry Smoothie!
Back when I was helping out with the nutrition demos at a running camp, the dietitian I was working with had us make and share this recipe with all of the runners at the camp since it is a great source of iron. Iron deficiency anemia is common in distance runners, and is a problem that I have faced in the past, so I definitely recommend having this smoothie to keep you healthy, especially if you struggle with anemia.
Something I have always enjoyed about nutrition is that many of the nutrients work together to help with the absorption and utilization of other nutrients. One example of this is vitamin C and iron. Since this smoothie also has strawberries and orange juice in it, it is a great source of vitamin C which helps with absorbing the iron in it. I began calling it Popeye’s Spinach Strawberry Smoothie while I was an intern working with the track team at Benedictine since it helps to prevent and treat iron deficiencies so it keeps everyone who has it running strong.
During my internship, I also made a cooking demo video on how to make this smoothie, so this will be a slightly more interactive blog post since I will be sharing it to show how to make the smoothie.
Popeye’s Spinach Strawberry Smoothie
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 cup orange juice
- 6-8 frozen strawberries
- Start by blending two cups of spinach and one cup of orange juice in a blender until well mixed.
- Add one cup of frozen strawberries and blend until all ingredients are at the consistency desired.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy a nutrient packed smoothie!