As endurance athletes, sometimes the struggle is TOO real when it comes to getting enough protein and getting in those nutrient-dense fruits and veggies. I’m not ashamed to admit that I could literally eat egg and cheese tacos for every meal of the day, nor am I a stranger to eating the same thing for dinner every night (chicken, sweet potatoes, and a broccoli/cauliflower mix) for a multiple weeks in a row. I think it’s safe to say I am a creature of habit.
That said, I’m really excited to announce there has been a new addition to the nutrition rotation that takes some of things I really like (e.g. peanut butter and bananas) and uses them to cover up things I don’t really like (e.g. spinach). Spinach and I have a love-hate relationship. It is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C. It is also a very good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, protein, and choline. It’s basically the over-achiever of leafy greens. As a self-proclaimed over-achiever, I respect what spinach does, but I’m pissed about it because it means I probably want to be including it in my diet.
As I reluctantly hit up my good friend Google to look for creative ways to eat the spinach stuff, I stumbled across a recipe for what claimed to be the greatest green smoothie ever invented. Then I saw it was a recipe posted by The Minimalist Baker blog (one of my FAVORITES!) and immediately went out and got what I needed to make the magic happen. Let’s just say it did not disappoint. So, without further adieu… This is how I get extra protein and all the spinach I can fit into the blender! Blueberries are my berry of choice, and I also like to add in a scoop of whey protein for good measure. Enjoy! Get the recipe here!
By: Coach Amanda