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OJ LEAN AND GREEN ICE POPS
One of the most popular fresh-juice recipes on Healthful Pursuit has been transformed into a whole foods green ice pop! In case you didn’t know, you get more absorption from your spinach if you sip a little orange juice with it. This cool, frosty treat has all that and more! It’s just sweet enough to satisfy your craving yet is loaded with ingredients that are good for you. All of the ingredients are also proven to satiate and encourage a healthy glow to your skin. When’s the last time an ice-pop did that for you? It’s the guilt-free indulgence that you will want to make regularly! Get my Purely Pops Cookbook for 44 other irresistible vegan, gluten-free and paleo ice pop recipes!
So blend this up today in your Blendtec or Vitamix for the best consistency and don’t forget to join the Blender Babes community for more nutritious snacks and recipes! Plus, share your rating with us if you give this one a try!
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 1 orange
- 1/2 field cucumber skin removed
- 2 teaspoons coconut nectar
- Add all ingredients to the jug of your blender. Blend on high until smooth.
- For Blendtec: Press the SMOOTHIE button OR use manual speed 10/HIGH and blend for 45 seconds.
- For Vitamix: Start the Vitamix on Variable 1. Turn the machine on and slowly increase to Variable Speed 10/High, and blend for one minute until smooth.
- Divide mixture between the ice pop molds. Cover with ice pop tops and transfer to the freezer to chill for 8 hours.
- All done! Enjoy!! Now take a photo, rate it, and share your accomplishments to enter our weekly photo contest! 🙂 Tag @BlenderBabes & #BlenderBabes
If you have difficulty finding coconut nectar, honey or turbinado sugar may be substituted.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF SPINACH
Spinach originated in ancient Persia and then was transported to China and down through Europe. Catherine de Medici, wife of King Henry II so loved spinach that she always made sure she had cooks who could prepare it especially for her. The term “a la Florentine,” which refers to any dish prepared on a bed of spinach, is attributed to her.
Spinach is a powerhouse of nutrition rich in many vitamins and nutrients. Experts have identified at least thirteen different compounds in spinach that provide antioxidant and/or anti-cancer benefits. Spinach rich in calcium and magnesium, helps prevent osteoporosis. It is also an excellent source of iron, which is critical for women in menopause and for people who have anemia or chronic fatigue syndrome. Spinach contains vitamin E, which helps slow mental decline and memory loss.