Every day I make my entire family a “green drink.” And although it started out as green and vegetable heavy, our vegan spinach smoothie has evolved into something pink and intensely fruit flavored. Yes, it still involves spinach but it is more heavy on berries and citrus than green things.
And even though it’s evolved into something that bears little resemblance to the original, this spinach smoothie tradition started with a recipe I refined for months to add to my cookbook Romancing the Stove: the unabridged guide to aphrodisiac foods.
The best spinach smoothie – it’s vegan and easy
So unlike our daily smoothie, which can have a hit or miss flavor because I just make it up as I go along, this drink follows an actual plan for a spinach smoothie that’s equal parts delicious and nutritious.
You’ve got to love breakfast smoothies
The best part is that a smoothie is one of the simplest things you can ever make for breakfast. Just throw all the ingredients for this easy, green smoothie in the blender. And before you know it, you’re getting a frothy serving of fruit and vegetables before you’ve even rubbed the sleep from your eyes in the morning shower.
But are healthy green smoothies aphrodisiac?
But did you know that a green smoothie can also be a food of romance? Since I produced this recipe for an aphrodisiac cookbook, you know I layered it with aphrodisiac ingredients including ginger and vanilla.
I wouldn’t call this a drink to seduce someone. Nothing about handing someone a green health shake in bed scream sexual chemistry, except the part about it being in bed. No, this isn’t like coffee, which can be a drink of seduction, Instead, think of this green shake as your first building block of the day for achieving optimal sexual health.
The ingredients that make this smoothie healthy
The spinach in this green drink not only gives it a green hue but also is a source of iron, magnesium, potassium and folate, all nutrients essential to sexual health and fertility. Pretty good for a food that has only 20 calories per serving!
You might be surprised to learn that pears are not only a source of vitamin C but also help support heart health. And anything that keeps your heart pumping is also going to help you achieve sexual climax.
To balance the sweet flavor, this vegan smoothie calls for the acidic bite of fresh lemon juice which not only offers tang but many nutrients women need for sexual health. In fact, lemons, along with other citrus make it into my list of the 10 Best Foods for Women.
And, of course, ginger is one of my favorite aphrodisiacs not just for its wealth of folkloric history but because it may help lower cholesterol and it prevents oral bacteria and promotes mouth health.
You need a great blender to make a great, green smoothie
I have two blenders that I love. My red KitchenAid 5 Speed Blender that matches my stand mixer has been an indispensable (and fashionable) part of my kitchen for ten years. It is an incredibly durable machine, worth the investment for a lifetime of Pina Coladas. It is a very reliable machine for light to medium jobs from producing a chilled cucumber soup to frozen yogurt smoothies. (It’s also great for making this drink.) It has a wide jar, which makes it incredibly easy to clean.
In addition, I have a Vitamix Pro that I cannot live without. I use it every single day. It would make short work of this recipe and is such a durable machine, it can do everything from puree (whole, unpeeled) oranges to make almond butter. I also love it for making watermelon juice and frozen yogurt. It’s pricy but it’s an amazing kitchen appliance.
Casanova Smoothie - An Easy Green Drink
- 1/2 cup white grape juice
- 1/2 cup spinach
- 1 small ripe bartlett or d’anjou pear peeled, quartered and cored*
- 2-3 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp fresh ginger root minced
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp agave nectar optional
- 10 ice cubes
- Add grape juice, spinach, pear, 2 tbsp lemon juice, ginger and vanilla to blender. Puree until smooth.
- Taste. If smoothie isn’t sweet enough, add the agave nectar, (it all depends on the sweetness of your pear). For additional tartness, add the last tbsp lemon juice.
- Add ice cubes and blend on high until smooth.
- Divide smoothie between two juice glasses to serve.
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Want more of Amy’s aphrodisiac recipes? Check out Romancing the Stove: the unabridged guide to aphrodisiac foods.
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