Spinach is more than just another leafy green vegetable; it also contains plenty of body-boosting goodness, which can help you keep your eye on your waistline this Christmas. Sure, Christmas may feature some good vegetables served up alongside the turkey during Christmas dinner, but there are other, more delicious ways to increase your spinach intake this year by adding it to your meal replacement shake.
Spinach is loaded with fiber, B vitamins, and phytonutrients such as beta-carotene, so getting a healthy serving of it each day goes a long way in keeping your body as healthy as it can be. With that being said, spinach doesn’t need to be just another plain and boring healthy option this festive season, and the recipes below will have you turning down your cravings for sugar-rich foods which will go straight to your hips.
If you want to discover some of the best winter-themed meal replacement shake recipes using spinach, then read on below and get ready to tantalize your taste buds.
Chocolate Peppermint Iced Smoothie
This festive chocolate and peppermint iced meal replacement shake also contains a healthy serving of spinach. Of course, the flavor of spinach is so mild that all it imparts is a slightly warm and earthy flavor.
- 1 cup chopped raw spinach
- 10 mint leaves (fresh is best)
- 1 TBSP of pureManukahoney
- 2 level scoops of chocolate protein powder
- 1 TBSP of malt powder
- 1 TSP of Cinnamon Powder
- 160 ml of skimmed milk
- 1 glass of ice
To make this multi-colored meal replacement shake, begin with placing half of the milk into a blender and then add the chocolate protein powder and the cinnamon. Blend it until well combined and then add half the ice and blend again until smooth. Empty the contents into a glass.
Next, place the remaining ingredients into the blender and mix until it’s the same consistency as the chocolate part. Take a long and clear glass and add in one scoop of the 1st mix; then scoop in a serving of the 2nd mix. Alternate until the glass is full.
How to Serve It?
The multi-leveled serving makes for an eye-catching vibrant green and pastel brown tiered drink. Simply garnish with a few mint leaves and enjoy.
Candy Cane Crush – Meal Replacement Shake
This meal replacement shake has the look and feel of Christmas while providing a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals, which will keep you feeling fuller for longer over the festive Christmas period. Not only that, but it also gives you a great serving of fiber, which is important in helping combat pre-diabetes and type II diabetes.
- 1 cup raw and chopped spinach
- 1 cup of mixed frozen berries
- 1 cup of naturalprobioticyoghurt
- 1 & ½ TBSP of fresh honey
- 100ml of skimmed milk
- 2 level scoops of vanilla protein powder
- Cranberries, pomegranate seeds and basil leaves for topping
Again, this meal replacement shake will consist of multi-colored layers. To begin with, you want to place the yoghurt, spinach, frozen berries, and half of the honey into a blender and mix well until everything is incorporated nicely. This will leave you with a deep and vibrant shade of red. Set it aside in a glass or bowl.
Next, you want to rinse out the blender and then add all of the remaining ingredients together (excluding the cranberries, pomegranate seeds and basil). Once everything is well mixed, the meal replacement shake is ready to be served.
How to Serve It?
In alternating scoops, place the mixes into a clear glass until full. This will give a beautiful red and white effect, much like that of a candy cane. To finish, place on some cranberries and pomegranate seeds and then add basil leaves to the sides of them to create a holly effect. Sit down and enjoy.
Why Choose Spinach as The Base for A Healthy Meal Replacement Shake?
For one, the taste of spinach is mild enough not to overpower the shake it is being added into. But the main reasons for using spinach are its added fiber and vitamin content and its ease of incorporation to make a healthy meal replacement shake all that much healthier