Don’t let the color of this smoothie scare you. It tastes deliciously rich and chocolate-y, thanks to the yummy protein powder I added from the team over at Vega. (You'll just have to trust me on this one!)As a new mom I've been told to make sure and keep track of my iron intake. Iron carries oxygen from your lungs and delivers it to the tissues throughout your body. Iron is also essential in making new cells and regenerating your youthful glow. For many new moms, iron levels are often depleted during the third trimester of pregnancy by the baby. This green smoothie is made with spinach, a great vegetarian source of iron.
It's recommended that females ages 19- to 50-years-old average 18 mg of iron per day. Pregnant women should each average 27 mg of iron per day. This smoothie packs in 10 mg of iron and 13 g of protein. Learn more about iron here.
Iron-Rich Green Smoothie
1 cup baby spinach, packed
1/2 medium cucumber, roughly chopped
8 ounces water, filtered
1 scoop vegetarian protein powder (I recommend Vega's chocolate vegetarian protein powder)
4-5 ice cubes
Place ingredients into a powerful blender and blend until smooth and creamy. (Add more water to thin if desired.)
Thirsty for more green smoothies? Try this delicious bevvy, packed with kale and green apple.
Noelle Twiggs is the creator of GreenLemonade. Born from both the lessons of successes (detox 101: yes!) and failures (gym-rat diet: no!), the lifestyle website provides practical—and palatable—tips, tricks, and recipes to help everyone feel more happy, energetic, and well nourished.