Sweet Punch Romaine Lettuce Smoothie
If you’ve never had romaine lettuce in a smoothie before, this Sweet Punch Romaine Lettuce Smoothie is a great one to start with. Sweet and crisp with a unique flavour that can’t be replicated. This smoothie really packs the punches.
Difference between Romaine Lettuce, Spinach and Kale
It is good to rotate your greens in your green smoothies, I believe mainly because it’s good to get a variety of nutrients from different plant sources. Each type of green has a different nutritional profile and it’s good to cover all your bases and ensure you are getting the whole spectrum of nutrition for good health.
In terms of nutritional value, kale is the winner every time by far. So I’d recommend trying to make kale smoothies on a regular basis as this is a very easy way to get a lot of vitamins and minerals in your diet. Spinach is the next best thing, nutritionally speaking and because it has such a mild flavour this is usually my green of choice when I’m making recipes to share with you.
Romaine Lettuce doesn’t have anywhere near as much nutrition as kale but it is still really good for you so it’s great to eat it on a regular basis. If you have it more often than not in your smoothies, it might be better to add a lot more romaine lettuce than you would normally use.
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I often eat all 3 forms in one day. I regularly have either kale or spinach in my Green Thickies, a big romaine salad for dinner and sometimes I have kale chips for an evening snack.
You might also want to try swiss chard, bok choy/pak choi or parsely in your smoothies. Dandelion Greens and Collard Greens have a stronger taste but are so beneficial for your health that’s it’s worth the more bitter taste.
One thing not worth bothering about is Iceberg lettuce. It hardly has any nutrition whatsoever. Generally the darker the green the more nutrition is contains, so you can tell from the colour of iceberg lettuce that it’s going to be a bit of a washout nutrionally.
[tweetherder]Iceberg lettuce or romaine lettuce? One is a powerhouse and the other is a washout.[/tweetherder]
Benefits of Romaine Lettuce
The Vitamin C and beta-carotene in romaine lettuce make it especially good for your heart preventing cholesterol. The folic acid helps with damaged blood vessels. The potassium contents help to lower blood pressure.
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Sweet Punch Romaine Lettuce Smoothie
Romaine lettuce does have a stronger taste than spinach so you have to be more careful which fruits you add it to. If you want to minimise the taste of the lettuce the sweeter the fruit the better. This smoothie is great as it has so much sweet fruit that the bitter romaine taste is minimised and I’ve no doubt you’ll absolutely adore this Sweet Punch Romaine Lettuce Smoothie as I do.
Which greens do you add to your green smoothies, and do you eat any other type of greens in your other meals?
Suitable for Special Diets:
- Gluten free (Use GF Oats or Quinoa)
- Raw (Use raw oats/quinoa)
- Vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, wheat free, soya free (don’t use soya milk or tofu),
- Salt free (don’t add salt)
- Nut free (replace nuts with sunflower or pumpkin seeds. This doesn’t include coconuts)
More information about making the perfect Green Thickie:
If you are new to Green Thickies and have more questions about making the perfect green thickie, please read this guide on How to make a Green Thickie.
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