Hello, Tuesday! Let’s get to it: Collard greens don’t get any love. Yet, they are packed full of nutrients. Part of the cruciferous family of vegetables and related to cauliflower, collard greens have fiber, magnesium, folate, Vitamin A, C, E, K and so many more beneficial minerals.
I’ve always been a fan of collard greens, but don’t buy or eat them very often. That all changed this weekend, when I decided to order a bag of fresh collard greens with my weekly grocery delivery. (This order was inspired by my Mom, who mentioned a couple of weeks ago that she made herself a big batch of the leafy greens, and it reminded me I’m missing out.)
However, when the delivery showed up, I was shocked at the size of the bag I ended up with (which is all part of the fun of ordering your groceries online). Alas, I was going to need to come up with a way to finish all that green goodness before the best-by date. And I needed to act quickly, because there was hardly any room for the bag in our three-quarter-sized-city-apartment refrigerator.
Enter my idea to add collard greens to a smoothie, in order to make a super green concoction.
It was easy, it was a lot of greens, and I felt great after drinking it.
I tend to like my smoothies thick enough to enjoy with a spoon, and this one came out perfectly. I had one on Saturday and yesterday afternoon.
Dave and I both enjoy smoothies on Saturday afternoons at home, after I come back from teaching BODYATTACK and he’s finished up with his workout for the day. While his smoothies are more of the peanut butter/banana variety, mine are almost always green. But sometimes the same spinach and blueberry combo gets old, so it was nice to change it up with some collard greens.
Interested in an nutrient-dense green beverage? Here’s one to try …
- 2 cups of raw collard greens
- 1 cup of frozen chopped spinach
- 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup of soy or almond milk
- 2 tablespoons of almond butter
- 2 packets of stevia (optional)
- Mix everything together in a high-powered blender and enjoy.
By the way, have you entered the giveaway to win four boxes of ProYo High-Protein Frozen Yogurt sent directly to you? The contest ends Thursday night at midnight, so enter today! And now, it’s time for me to head off to work.
Questions of the day
Do you ever eat collard greens? What’s your favorite thing to put in a smoothie?