So we all know the importance of getting enough protein in our diets to adequately repair our muscles after hard workouts, right? That means that many of you utilize a protein powder to get a few more grams into your daily diet. And if you’re like me it’s nice to add some fresh (or frozen) fruit and throw it in a blender for some natural sweetness and those every important nutrients that fruit holds for us. If you’re really looking for a treat you might even use some milk and turn it into more of a shake. I’m guessing it would look something like the picture below before you hit the blend button.
Wait a minute! What is that layer of green stuff?!?!? It’s not your eyes playing tricks on you or some photo shop modification I did in my spare time. That my fellow fitness followers is a mixture of kale and spinach. Why you ask? Because to be blunt it’s really, really good for you! The best part? You’ll never even know it’s in there. Between the protein flavor, fruit, and in my case the vanilla almond milk, you’ll think you stopped by the local ice cream shop for a delectable treat anyway.
To go into a little more detail about the benefits of kale and spinach they have tons of nutrients and vitamins. To list a few (or a lot):
- Protein (yes, I said protein)
- Magnesium (strengthens your bones)
- Vitamins A, C, K (there are probably books written on the benefits of these guys)
- Copper (activates a metabolic enzyme that helps cells convert nutrients into energy)
- Manganese (important for forming connective tissue)
- Lutein and Zeaxanthin (amazing for eye health)
So with all those added goodies, and no ill effects to the taste, why would you not slip that layer of “green stuff” in there? We do it to my kids all the time and they are no more the wiser of our plan but are certainly more healthy for it. You can even pick up these power greens when they are on sale and throw them in the freezer. Another opportunity to avoid wasting money is if you didn’t quite get through that 20lb bag of greens and they look like they are starting to go bad, freeze them and use them in your shakes. Works like a charm. So do yourself a flavor, I mean favor, and give it a shot. You’ll be healthier for it.