Celebrate St Patrick’s Day With a Spinach Strawberry Smoothie

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.IMG_2563

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.
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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

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 6-8 frozen strawberries
  1. Start by blending two cups of spinach and one cup of orange juice in a blender until well mixed.
  2. Add one cup of frozen strawberries and blend until all ingredients are at the consistency desired.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy a nutrient packed smoothie!

 Link to Recipe Video

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