Berry & Spinach Tofu Smoothie
Smoothies make the world go ’round, right? Oh you mean to tell me that smoothies aren’t the reason the world spins on its axis and it has a whole lot to do with all this crazy physics stuff? Where is Dr. Sheldon Cooper when you need him?
I still like to believe that something as simple as a great tofu smoothie or a perfectly warm bowl of oatmeal (with nuts, seeds and juicy fruit… of course!) makes the world spin.
You’ll let me be ignorant and naive, please? Thanks.
Tofu is an excellent addition to an already great smoothie because it 1. Takes on the flavor of whatever you mix it with and 2. Helps get your smoothie to a creamy consistency.
Recently I’ve been reading a lot of bad things about soy and tofu and I don’t know what to believe anymore. I’m just going eat it in moderation, like I try to do with most foods. Vegetarians love tofu because of the protein they get from it which is a great way to replace meat, but they should keep in mind that there are other great protein sources out there. Beans, seitan, lentils and tempeh to name a few! Go nuts (literally, because nuts are awesome for you, too.) and keep your meals interesting!
If you aren’t a vegetarian, then you can still spice up your meals and maybe cut out some red meat and bad fats with some tofu or beans.
I’ve only recently stopped getting my smoothies from Mr. Smoothie which I kind of miss sometimes because the texture and the ratio of thick to thin is always perfect. When making smoothies on your own turf you have to be the judge of how much liquid to use. Sometimes I don’t even measure so be aware the measurements I give you below should be used with your own discretion. If you want it thicker, use less milk or no milk at all. If you like them really thin and almost like a juice then maybe replace the milk with orange juice. It is totally up to you.
The addition of the tofu and spinach makes this a pretty wonderful smoothie, don’t you agree? We already talked about tofu but what about the spinach? It has some calcium, a tiny amount of vitamin C, and a bit of iron which is good for the ladies. Spinach is good for weight loss as it is about 5 calories, has no fat and is loaded with nutrients. (I am trying really hard to refrain from a lame Popeye joke)
So hey, you. Eat your spinach, in smoothie form or maybe in this quinoa egg scramble.
Let me just leave you with this tidbit about parsley. It’s got a lot of Vitamin C & A but the amount I added wouldn’t be enough to get your RDA (recommended dietary allowance in nutrition speak. ) You would need about 60 grams. I only added it because I had some fresh parsley that would have gone to waste. I think 60 grams would be equivalent to about 1 cup of parsley so hey, if you have it, throw it in!
Yield: 2 large cups
Prep Time: 10
Total Time: 10
1/2 cup silken tofu
1 cup mixed berries (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries)
2 large handfuls of spinach
1 Tbsp parsley
1/2 Tbsp agave nectar or honey
6 ice cubes
1/2 cup milk (optional, added for creamier consistency)
Blend the parsley and spinach in a blender or food processor. Add the ice cubes, berries and banana; blend together.
Add the tofu and mix until combined. Add 1/2 cup of milk if the consistency is too thick and continue to blend. Omit the milk if you find the consistency to your liking. Replace milk with almond milk if you eat a vegan diet.
Sweeten the smoothie with the agave nectar or honey.