I had Plans for this post. Great plans. This was going to be the Big Blue Breakfast post. It was going to be amazing: a gorgeous, deep blue smoothie full of incredibly healthy ingredients to start your day. I planned it carefully, with an eye to the anthocyanins in the blueberries – no acidic ingredients to make the blueberries go pink, and a good big dose of greens to enhance the general blueness of the situation.
Except that it didn’t work. Or at least, it didn’t go blue. Not alkaline enough without dairy milk, I suspect. So I added some strawberries and cinnamon, blended it again, and wound up with something that was, at least, fairly purple, and surprisingly tasty and filling. I must admit, I have been skeptical in the past of claims that you can put spinach or other greens into a smoothie without doing appalling things to the flavour, but it turns out you really can – there is, if you are looking for it, an earthy flavour at the back of this drink, but it really is only a backing note, and quite a pleasant one.
And the spinach somehow also made the whole thing much more filling – I’m cycling into work again now that the days are longer, and expected to arrive ravenous after just a smoothie for breakfast, but actually, I was fine until morning tea and would probably have been fine until lunchtime, too, if morning tea hadn’t been on offer (scientists are surprisingly addicted to Vegemite, and I have fallen prey to this contagion myself).
Also, while I hesitate to talk about nutrition (on the grounds that I really do know very little about it), I realised on my way home that what I had also, very cunningly, done was given myself a great dose of easily absorbed iron for breakfast – one of the things I’m really bad at when being vegetarian is getting the iron thing right, because while there is plenty of iron to be had from leafy greens and legumes and so forth, my understanding is that it doesn’t absorb all that well unless you combine it with a source of vitamin C… like blueberries, for example.
So huzzah, this definitely counts as Iron Man Food!And it’s purple, which can only be an advantaage!
(And next time, I will figure out how to make it properly blue…)
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250g frozen blueberries
175 g strawberries
1 fresh date
100 g baby spinach (about 2 cups, packed very firmly)
1 cup almond milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon