Most smoothies are creamy, thus the name smoothie. But this Creamy Romaine Smoothie is extra creamy. It’s one of the more mild greens, yet it’s rich in nutrients. Because Romaine is so mild, you can get away with adding more to your blender than you normally would with a darker, more bitter green.
Romaine Lettuce is a sleeper. Often only relegated to Caesar Salads, it is actually one of the best lettuces you can incorporate into your diet.
As I’ve mentioned before, the darker the color, the more the nutrients. Romaine isn’t as dark as Kale or Spinach or escarole orchard, yet it’s one of the greens with great nutrition and one to definitely keep in your rotation.
If you are shunning green smoothies because you think you’re not going to like the taste, think again. If you were to drink solely the greens in a smoothie, you might be right. However, the saving grace is the fruit you combine with the leafy green to make it taste anything but green. If you can get by the green color of a drink, you will be pleasantly surprised. The taste is not at all what you expect. At least it wasn’t when I first started drinking my greens many years ago.
Romaine Lettuce is an excellent source of Vitamin A which is a great nutrient for vision. Nutrient-dense, yet low in calories, it is very high in antioxidants. It is also rich in folic acid and chromium, a mineral critical for maintaining blood sugar levels. Another vital nutrient contained in Romaine Lettuce is folic acid to keep in check homocysteine levels which can damage the arteries. It’s also excellent in B6 which helps with maintaining homocysteine. Other excellent nutrients in Romaine Lettuce are fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, niacin, calcium, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, manganese, chromium, potassium, and Molybdenum.
Creamy Romaine Smoothie
- 1 cup of cold water
- 2 large bunches Romaine lettuce
- 2 frozen bananas
- 3 peaches
- 2 heaping tablespoons flax meal
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 1/2 cups water
- Add water, fruit, flax meal, nutmeg and Romaine lettuce last. Blend all together until smooth and creamy, about 45 seconds to 1 minute. Enjoy!