Saturday, August 6, 2011

Paleo Green Machine

I just finished a short run (3 miles EZ the training plan said) and decided to have one of my favorite smoothies for lunch/recovery, which I have dubbed the "Paleo Green Machine."

I recently discovered that you can add 1-2 cups of spinach to ANY smoothie without changing the flavor.  This is a great way to get an added serving of vegetables in your daily diet and reap all the benefits spinach has to offer!  I think the color is quite pretty, but if you don't put it in an opaque cup and use a straw.

1 cup water
1/2 c pineapple chunks with juice (you can and should use fresh whenever possible, but I like Dole Tropical Gold pineapple because there is nothing in the can but pineapple and pineapple juice - no added sugar or preservatives)
1 banana
1 whole, peeled orange
1 to 2 cups fresh spinach (a nice handful)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 scoop egg white protein powder
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal

Process in your blender until smooth.

I changed to a Paleo nutrition plan in March and haven't looked back.  There are tons of websites, blogs, etc., out there devoted to the Paleo lifestyle and I encourage you to check it out.  If you are looking to get away from processed, packaged, factory-farmed food and want to feel better and look great, there are several links on my sidebar with more information.

I am brand new to this and still learning myself.  Some days I feel like I'm a member of a cult!  But I eat so well, it agrees with me and really supports my training efforts.  I'm getting more into the cooking aspects of Paleo and will be posting more recipes in the future.

In the meantime, drink your spinach!

1 comment:

  1. I saw another spinach drink recipe recently, but this one looks like it's got some nice kick! Love the coconut oil addition. Thanks for the tip about the Dole pineapples. Been wondering which I should be grabbing off the shelves.