Popeye Shakes

My friend Shellie gave me a recipe, which I am calling Popeye Shakes!Image

Shellie is a Vegan, so I think my husband was distrustful of any recipe that she gave us. It is like we picture Shellie over there only eating celery and twigs and dry granola. He really grumbled about the idea that we were going to put spinach in the blender. I think the misconception we both had was that nonmeat eaters must not like good tasting food. It is a misconception; I think a lot of people have. Sorry Shellie, but it is true. I think that we also have prejudice of green food in a cup. I mean first you have to get into green veggies in general. You have to realize that Brussels sprouts, spinach, and zucchini are good and yummy when you cook them right. I think you have to go there before you can take the leap to green liquids.  So here we were with this recipe that puts a whole bunch of spinach in a blender. I ignored Brad’s grumbles and made it anyways because we have a really hard time getting enough greens in our diet. I am desperate to get those vitamins because I need my iron.

Here is the recipe:

Shellie calls it the Green Smoothie, I like Popeye Shake.

1 really ripe banana

1tsp pure maple syrup or honey (I used raw honey from Idaho)

¾ c. organic soymilk (I used skim regular milk)

½ c. water

1 handful of ice cubes

1 tsp of vanilla

2 handfuls of fresh raw baby spinach

Blend and Enjoy!!

She says you can use a ripe sliced pear instead of a banana if you want. I froze my bananas because they were getting really ripe, on the verge of going bad. Here is a tip, freeze it after you peel it…otherwise it is unbelievably hard to get the peel off.

Well Shellie, you are allowed to recommend anything to eat anytime. We loved these smoothies, and vegans do love good food. I am here to blow that misconception out of the water. What this smoothie does is make spinach taste pretty much like a frothy honey flavored banana. Brad was super surprised he really loved it. It makes the perfect amount, enough for two large drinks or four small drinks. I am going to need to get a new blender; mine is from 95 and lived through the frozen drinks of my twenties, so when I blended this shake you could smell the burning rubber. The recipe is too big to put in my magic bullet though. I know that we are still getting a lot of the nutrients because there were little flecks of spinach throughout when the ice was all blended. I read in Women’s Health that you don’t want to blend or food processes it too much because then there goes all the fiber. So this recipe is a definite success! Thank you Shellie for not only a good healthy recipe that will sustain me but also that you have blown away some of our preconceived notions.

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