If you ever scour the web for diet and nutrition advice you’ll most likely come across various meal plans or diets that heavily focus on calorie manipulation and macronutrients composition, but far too many people seem to neglect an enormous aspect of a healthy diet, that being micronutrient intake. Now micronutrients are basically vitamins and minerals, which of course are abundant in fruits and vegetables and vital for optimum health. Now I know a lot of people, myself included don’t get overly excited when it comes to eating vegetables (fruits are slightly more exciting) so I’m going to show you a quick and easy way of getting in your 5 (or more) a day:
- First grab a bag of greens, I prefer frozen spinach which I then thaw. It’s cheaper than raw spinach, won’t go off and is pre cooked. Any decent supermarket should have this.
- Second, grab a suitable dilutant. My personal choice is Oatly chocolate milk, spinach is pretty tasteless so it doesn’t disrupt the chocate taste but you can use whatever liquid you want.
Grab a blender. I have two blenders that I use, a Breville blend active one which is fantastic, but my Kenwood smoothie2go is my favourite as it’s wider and more powerful than the other yet costs the same (around £20 on amazon).
- Add the two ingredients together, I usually weigh out around 4 servings of spinach (roughly 320g) and spread this over two shakes. You can also add fruits, protein powder, flaxseed powder or peanut butter to it. It’s fully customizable and can easily be tailored to your preferences. Now blend!
- Remember, do not judge a book by its cover! This may look unappetising but it tastes just like chocolate (despite the odd bit here and there) and overall is just a really easy and convinient way to get your fruits and/or veg in in a reasonably enjoyable way.