Start your morning off right with this protein-packed, nutrient-dense strawberry spinach superfood smoothie.  This shake is ideal pre- or post- workout, as it combines protein and quick, easily-digested carbs. I promise you will not even taste the spinach—this nutritional powerhouse tastes like a dessert!  Plus there are major health benefits to all of the ingredients in this superfood smoothie.

Spinach: high in vitamins A, C, and K. It’s also a good source of iron, calcium, and potassium, which we sometimes have a hard time getting enough of. These three nutrients are especially beneficial to active women.

Strawberries: high in Vitamin C (which has many health benefits in itself), strawberries can help fight inflammation, and are filled with antioxidants.

Chia Seeds: an ancient “superfood,” chia seeds are a digestive aid and provide omega-3 fatty acids (which are particularly beneficial to brain, skin, joints, and heart).

Hemp Hearts: a source of omega-3 & omega-6 fatty acids, hemp hearts can help regulate the metabolism.

Protein: builds and repairs muscles. Whey protein  is good to consume post-workout after you have just broken down your muscle tissues helps make you feel full longer, and is a key ingredients in this superfood smoothie.

Ingredients:

1 cup milk of choice (almond, cashew, soy, dairy…up to you)

1 scoop All Natural Vanilla or Strawberry whey

2 cups spinach

1/2 cup chopped strawberries (fresh or frozen)

1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 tablespoon chia seeds

1 teaspoon hemp hearts

about 5 ice cubes of not using frozen berries for a little added thickness

Stevia to taste

Optional: you can add 1/3-1/2 cup of Greek yogurt for extra protein and creaminess.

Instructions:

Simply toss everything in a blender and mix until smooth. You could also stir in the chia seeds by hand if you would like to preserve their texture. The longer you let the shake sit, the thicker it will get due to the “gel” that forms around the seeds.

I typically use MRM whey protein, because it is an all-natural product that also tastes great! If interested in trying MRM protein or products, Fit Nation Magazine has teamed up wtih MRM to offer you 40% off everything at MRM.com. Just use the code “ELLEN” at checkout.

Published by Ellen Whitney

I come from a background of cardio-based training- I was a competitive distance swimmer for 8 years growing up, then segued into running track. Despite being in physically good shape, I never achieved the “toned” body I wanted, as I didn’t realize how little muscle my body had. About two years ago, I started lifting weights as my primary form of exercise. At this same time, I also started following a flexible dieting approach. The combination of these two concepts has transformed me physically, but more importantly, mentally. I am strong in both capacities, and have never felt better about myself. I have truly found my passion in life through healthy cooking and fitness, and my goal is to share my experience with others to help them achieve the same level of confidence this lifestyle as given me. Although I currently have a fulltime job in the corporate world, I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and hope to some day make helping others achieve their fitness goals my full time profession!