Invisible Spinach Smoothie (gluten-free, vegan, ACD, raw)

Hey, where's the spinach in this smoothie? It sure doesn't look green. In fact, this smoothie is a rather unappealing fleshy purple-tan color, not spinach-like at all! But trust me, there's LOTS of spinach in there!

I made this smoothie yesterday for a quick lunch to take with me while I worked on my garden. It was sweet and lovely, shockingly filling, and the perfect lunch-on-the-go, especially for something like gardening when you don't want a big heavy meal in your stomach.  And check out the great light on this jar, right? I wish I could shoot food outside more often!

I hope that you are making lots of tasty things with spinach too.  If you are, you should submit them to the  SOS Kitchen Challenge!  Spinach is this month's ingredient of choice, and you get to make it sweet, or savory! Submit your spinach recipe by May 20th, and check out all the instructions on this page.  Ricki and I can't wait to see what you make!

Invisible Spinach Smoothie

yield: about 2 1/2 cups

This smoothie has a balanced mix of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats, with lots of fiber that fills you up without weighing you down.  A great low-glycemic and satisfying meal-on-the-go!

  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 1 heaping cup blackberries
  • 2 small carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (preferably soaked 4-6 hours)
  • 1 Tbsp flax meal
  • 2 tsp flaxseed oil
  • stevia, to taste (I used about 5-7 drops of liquid stevia) - you could also use a couple dates, or another natural sweetener of your choice
  • water

Place all ingredients in blender, adding just enough water to reach desired consistency.  Blend until totally smooth, then transfer to glasses or well-sealed jars. Refrigerate any leftovers.

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