Healthy-food blogger Ella Leché shares this smoothie, supercharged with a natural energy boost and a mineral blend. Why minerals? Read dietitian Ashley Koff's column on these vital nutrients that so many of us are deficient in. For more recipes from Ella, visit Pure Ella.
Strawberry + Spinach Energy Smoothie with Natural Calm and Plant-Sourced Minerals
1 cup organic strawberries
Handful of organic baby spinach (use as much as you like, about ½ cup or 10 baby leaves is a good portion)
1 teaspoon of Natural Calm unflavored and 2 tablespoons of hot water.
½ tablespoon Plant-Sourced Minerals by Natural Vitality
1 cup coconut water
2 tablespoons organic agave nectar or a pinch of stevia (completely optional) I did not use any additional sweetener in mine because there is plenty of sweetness in the strawberries and coconut water; but if you prefer it sweeter, a little agave or stevia would be great.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of Natural Calm unflavored and 2 tablespoons of hot water and set aside.
- Refrigerate all ingredients (including the supplements, as they need to be stored in the refrigerator anyway after opening); wash and remove stems from the strawberries, and place everything in a blender. Blend for a few minutes until all is pureed, sweeten if desired and pour into a glass. Enjoy immediately!
- For a chilled version, freeze strawberries and use them instead of ice. Blend the strawberries first and add in all the other ingredients. Mix and serve.
By Elle Leché