Tuesday is the first day of spring for 2012. It's felt like spring (or even summer) for a while now, but now that it's official, it seems to be the perfect time to start getting a little extra "green" with things. Pretty soon, baby greens will be officially in season, and at such a low cost-per-nutrient ratio, they're just perfect for enhancing any diet.
To sneak in some extra cheap-but-healthy greens, try them out in your morning smoothie. A basic one of just bananas, water and spinach works well, but for those who are a bit more adventurous, try this one on for size. It's got a triple green whammy of baby spinach, green powder and sea superfood spirulina. Kiwi (another fun green, of course), strawberries and a banana keep this smoothie just sweet enough to avoid a "grassy" flavor.
Super Spring Greens Smoothie
1 banana, chopped1 kiwi, peeled and chopped1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen), chopped2 handfuls baby spinach leaves1 scoop vanilla brown rice protein powder (optional)1 teaspoon greens powder like Vitamineral Green1 teaspoon spirulina1 splash vanilla1 to 1.5 cups water
Throw all in a blender and blend until creamy. Serves 1 to 2.