For those who may not know, “Popeye the Sailor” was a 1930s kid’s cartoon featuring Popeye, a man who became superbly strong and was able to defeat villains only after eating spinach. They should probably have had a disclaimer at the end of each show: “Results may vary. Do not attempt to defeat bad guys after eating spinach without appropriate training and license.” Although I doubt kids back then were any more likely than kids today to be convinced by such a transparent attempt to glorify the consumption of leafy green veggies. One time, when I was in elementary school, we were shown a Popeye cartoon at lunch on a rainy day. I remember being one of a mass of kids munching on pb&j and thinking the cartoon was pretty unrealistic. None of us at that age would probably have eaten spinach unless our lives depended on it – and unless it was bathed in olive oyl! 🙂
As mature adults, we all know (hopefully) that the benefits of eating spinach are manyfold and extend to everyday folk, not just saviors of the world. For instance, spinach is a high in fiber and iron. It is also a great source of lutein, which according to some studies can help prevent age-related eye diseases and macular degeneration. It is also high in potassium when served raw, which is a great hearth-healthy nutrient. When spinach is cooked, it remains somewhat healthy, but many of the health benefits disappear or decrease. This is why raw spinach is truly the way to go. This smoothie is one way to get your raw spinach, and reap maximum benefits from eating your greens!
Popeye would sure be pleased to be served this smoothie. With a full cup of spinach, it would be awesomeness-delivery through a straw! The addition of several other green fruits, protein-packed peanut butter, and nourishing coconut milk makes this smoothie a perfectly balanced breakfast. Since it’s not super sweet, sweetened coconut flakes on top are a welcome addition.
I won’t lie. This smoothie tastes healthy. It literally tastes like pure balanced nutrition flooding through your system with each sip. It doesn’t taste bad, but I don’t recommend serving this to a kid with a discriminative sweet tooth. If you need to feed someone (or yourself 🙂 ) who needs a smoothie to be indulgent and dessert-y, try my chocolatey Seventh Heaven Secret Ingredient Smoothie. If you’re a health food junkie who wants a lower-sugar, higher-nutrition drink, then Popeye’s Green Smoothie is the one for you.
Disclaimer: after drinking this smoothie, do not attempt to exercise superhuman strength unless you are a bodybuilder. DO go out and have an active, productive day fueled by protein and fiber to keep you full and maximize your potential.
Popeye’s Green Smoothie
- 1 cup fresh, washed baby spinach
- 1/2 Granny Smith apple, chopped roughly into chunks
- 1 kiwi, chopped
- 1/2 banana
- 8 frozen green grapes
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (I used So Delicious brand)
- 1 tbl creamy peanut butter
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 small ice cubes
- optional topping: 1 tbl sweetened coconut flakes
Directions: Place all ingredients except coconut flakes in blender. Blend for a minute and a half or until thoroughly combined.
Pour smoothie into tall glass. Top with coconut flakes.