Who said African food is boring? Lie lie! This recipe will make your taste boards sing! It’s so delicious, you probably won’t imagine how much unless you give it a try! 🙂 I can already hear you say “give me the recipe now” but no rush mate! First things first. Here’s why you should include spinach in your diet in the first place.
Spinach is a super food loaded with tons of nutrients in a low calorie package. Including dark leafy greens like spinach in your breakfast is important for skin and hair, bone health, and provide protein, iron, vitamins and minerals. What healthier way to include spinach in breakfast than adding spinach to your smoothie breakfast?Spinach is also one of the best sources of dietary magnesium, which is necessary for energy metabolism, maintaining muscle and nerve function, heart rhythm, a healthy immune system and maintaining blood pressure.
If you have been diagnosed with a digestive disorders, if you are an alcoholic, an older adult andor you are taking medications such as antibiotics or diuretics which puts you more at risk of having a magnesium deficiency, you should incorporate more dark leafy greens like spinach in your diet.
Possible health benefits of spinach
Diabetes management: spinach contains an antioxidant known as alpha-lipoic acid, which has been shown to lower glucose levels in patients with diabetes.
Cancer prevention: The chlorophyll content in spinach and other green vegetables has shown to be effective at blocking the carcinogenic effects of heterocyclic amines which are generated when grilling foods at a high temperature.
Asthma prevention: Studies show that persons whose diets are high in beta-carotenes have lower risks of developing asthma. Spinach is an excellent source of beta-carotenes another reason you should include in more often in your diet.
Lowering blood pressure: Have you been diagnosed with high blood pressure? Spinach is one natural medication for you because of its high potassium content, it negates the effects of sodium in the body thus helps to lower blood pressure.
Prevents constipation: Spinach is high in fiber and water content, both of which help to prevent constipation and promote a healthy digestive tract.
Healthy skin and hair: If you are a naturalista like me, you know important moisture is for our curls. Incorporating lots of spinach in our diet fuels us with vitamin A, which is necessary for sebum production to keep hair moisturized. Vitamin A is also necessary for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair. Spinach and other leafy greens high in vitamin C are imperative for the building and maintenance of collagen which provides structure to skin and hair. So you see, the food you eat also determines how lushful your hair will be among other benefits. Maybe you are experience severe loss. One reason for this could be iron-deficiency which can be prevented by an adequate intake of iron-rich foods, like spinach.
I mentioned in another post that you could have a sweet eat without compromising your health. Sweet potatoes are the natural sugar your body needs. I even noticed that when baked, a caramel-like cream which is ultra sweet and sticky oozes out of sweet potatoes (more on this discovery and an amazing recipe I created in another post).
For this smoothie you need half a sweet potato, previously baked and frozen, 3 dates without the seeds, 2 hands full of fresh or frozen spinach, a half a cup of unsweetened almond milk and a teaspoon of marble syrup. Though sweet potatoes are sweet enough for this recipe, I added dates and marble syrup for that extra bit of sweetness. I like to kick off the day with a sweet breakfast because it keeps me happy and helps me not to craze foods and drinks with unhealthy or refined sugar. It might just be me but I have discovered it works wonders. Think about how you feel after eating a pack of chocolate. Ahhhh now you understand! But the difference with sugar from dates and sweet potatoes is, it is natural and waaaay healthier.
If you don’t like it sweet like me, leave the dates and maple syrup out. Your smoothie will still taste just fine and will keep you fuller for longer, aid in digestion and weight loss. It is low fat, cholesterol free and just 84 calories a serving! Thank me in the comment area below! 🙂
Happy and healthy cooking xoxo
Sweet Potato Spinach Smoothie
2 cups Spinach (fresh or frozen)
1/2 Sweet Potato (baked and frozen)
1/2 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
1/2 cup Water
1 tsp. maple Syrup
1 Strawberry (for topping)
- Pre-bake sweet potatoes and freeze overnight.
- Add fresh or frozen spinach in a food processor together with sweetp potatoes, almond milk, dates, maple syrup and water.
- Purée the mixture.
- Top with strawberry or fruit of choice and enjoy.
- 1. Replace marple syrup with raw unprocessed honey and almond milk with low fat milk (3,5%) if you cannot find these ingredients in your area.