Beyond Spinach – 15 Magical Greens To Blend In Your Next Green Smoothie

Leafy Greens

Dark green leafy vegetables are perhaps the most potent superfood on the planet.

But do you ever find yourself in a rut of using only spinach or kale?

But there is a whole world of leafy greens out there that add a diversity of phytonutrients to your blend.

Not to mention, you can change up your leafy ingredients to boost intention and work magick in your life. So change things up by rotating your leafies!

Why Not Just Use Spinach?

Spinach is great. It’s nutritious, and hides behind the flavors of fruit in a green smoothie.

However, kale has more than twice the calcium and iron content of spinach. Dandelion greens have even more.

By using kale in place of spinach in some of your green smoothies, you’ll boost your calcium and mineral intake without having to eat more foods.

Cruciferous vegetables (like kale and broccoli) contain sulforaphane, which has been shown to have chemo-protective properties. These plant compounds may help protect you from cancer and other diseases.

By switching up your leafy greens, you add variety to your diet, as well as additional minerals, vitamins, and unique, health-supporting phytonutrients that different greens provide.

Plus, you can fine-tune your green smoothies to align with whatever intentions you are setting that day. This is a simple way to add some herbal magick to your day-to-day life.

Try These 10 Alternative Leafy Greens

Next time you’re at the grocery store or farmers market to buy greens, get a little adventurous and try something a bit different!

1) Kale

Kale is one of the most popular smoothie greens after spinach.

Nutritional Benefits of Kale: It has more calcium and iron, as well as a different set of phytonutrients than plain old spinach.

One cup of chopped kale contains approximately 34 calories, 2.2 grams of protein, 206% RDA vitamin A, 134% RDA of vitamin C, 9% RDA of calcium, and 6% RDA of iron.

Magickal Properties of Kale: Strength, resilience. Kale is a “winter vegetable”, so it’s most potent in your autumn/winter blends – especially around Mabon, Samhain, and Yule.

2) Dandelion Greens

Dandelion greens are my absolute favorite green smoothie green!

Dandelions are the perfect detox green, as they are said to cleanse the liver and gallbladder, and help support kidney function.

Dandelion greens can be found growing wild but are also available in certain health food stores and farmers markets.

Dandelion greens have a bitter taste which might be difficult to mask with fruit in a green smoothie and some might find the taste undesirable. You can help hide the bitter taste by using pungent fruit and berries such as pineapple, oranges, banana, strawberries or other ripe berries.

Nutritional Benefits of Dandelion Greens: Dandelion greens have even more calcium and iron than kale. One cup of chopped dandelion greens have approximately 25 calories, 1.5 grams of protein, 54% RDA vitamin A, 32% RDA vitamin C, 10% RDA of calcium, and 9% RDA of iron.

Magickal Properties of Dandelion Greens: Detoxification, purification, cleansing. Dandelion greens are perfect to incorporate in your green smoothies during the waning part of the lunar cycle. As a spring leafy green, they are particularly potent from Ostara to Litha.

3) Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is a great spinach alternative as it has a similarly delicate flavor and softer leaves that blend well in most blenders. Swiss chard is actually in the same family as spinach and beets.

Swiss chard is an excellent source of vitamins A (as beta-carotine), C, K as well as magnesium, manganese, potassium and iron. Chard helps support bone, lung and heart health while boosting the immune system.

Swiss chard comes in a variety of colors including red, orange, yellow and white. “Rainbow chard” is simply bunched chard leaves from various color varieties.

Nutritional Benefits of Swiss Chard: One cup of chopped chard has 7 calories, 44% RDA of vitamin A, 18% RDA of vitamin C, and 2% RDA of calcium.

Magickal Properties of Swiss Chard: Protection, security, deflection of negative energy. Chard is a summer and autumn leafie, so work with it from Litha through Samhain.

4) Collard Greens

Collard greens are related to kale and are descendants of wild cabbage.

Collards provide an excellent source of vitamins A (as beta carotene), C, K and folate as well as manganese and calcium. Collard greens are a good ingredient for detox smoothies and they help support the heart, lungs and immune system while lowering cholesterol and protecting against cancer with powerful antioxidants.

Nutritional Benefits of Collards: One cup of chopped collard greens has approximately 11 calories, 48% RDA of vitamin A, 21% RDA of vitamin C, and 5% RDA of calcium.

Magickal Properties of Collard Greens: Abundance, prosperity. Use collard greens in blends when you want to attract abundance and opportunities.

5) Parsley

To most people, parsley is a garnish. It is that weird clump of green stuff stuck on your plate in restaurants that you toss to the side and forget about.

It’s too bad, too, because parsley is one of the super greens that you can absolutely use in your next green smoothie.

Parsley has a distinctive, pungent flavor and aroma so it is best to use no more than one cup (60 grams) in a green smoothie.

Nutritional Benefits of Parsley: One cup of chopped parsley provides approximately 22 calories, 2 grams of protein, 168% RDA of vitamin A, 32% RDA of vitamin C, 83mg of calcium, and 3.4mg of iron.

One cup of parsley will also provide up to 10% RDA of copper, 7% RDA of magnesium, 7% RDA of potassium, 6% RDA of zinc, and 5% RDA of phosphorus.

Magickal Properties of Parsley: Parsley is used in love magick. You can also work with parsley to gain clarity about a situation.

6) Beet Greens

Beet greens are not as bitter as kale and dandelion, and they are easily hidden by just about any sweet fruit. Beet greens have a texture similar to Swiss chard, but with a milder flavor.

Beet greens are in the same plant family as chard and spinach.

Nutritional Benefits of Beet Greens: One cup (38 grams) of chopped beet greens contains about 9 calories and almost two grams of protein. You’ll also get 80% RDA of vitamin A (as beta-carotene), 17% RDA of vitamin C, and 45mg of calcium.

Magickal Properties of Beets: Beets are associated with love, and great to use in love magick. Like other greens, beet greens are associated with prosperity and wealth.

7) Lettuce

Lettuce isn’t the most nutritionally dense of the leafy greens, but it’s still a good smoothie green in a pinch.

I used to blend up entire heads of romaine lettuce or green leaf lettuce in my Big Blend smoothie meals.

Nutritional Benefits of Lettuce: Romaine lettuce adds 10 calories per cup with 66% RDA of vitamin A, 22% RDA of vitamin C and 2% RDA of calcium.

Magickal Properties of Lettuce: Simplicity, back to basics, refresh. Like all leafy greens, lettuce is also associated with abundance and wealth.

8) Turnip Greens

Turnip greens are similar in taste and texture to collard greens and kale.

Nutritional Benefits of Turnip: Turnip greens add 17 calories per cup with 55% DV of vitamin C and 10% DV of calcium.

Magickal Properties of Turnip: Turnip is generally associated with endings – releasing and letting go. My personal association with turnip greens would be releasing and letting go of financial opportunities that may seem tempting, but are out of alignment with where I want to go.

9) Bok Choy

Bok choy, also called pak choi or “Chinese cabbage”, is a cruciferous vegetable related to cabbage, kale, and broccoli. It has flat, dark green leaves with a long, wide white stalk.

Bok choy tastes a bit like spinach, or “greener”. It’s sort of like a combination between spinach and kale. It’s not too bitter. I like it!

It’s not as “leafy” as curly kale or spinach, but bok choy definitely adds a powerful dose of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to your green smoothie.

Nutritional Benefits of Bok Choy: Five leaves of bok choy (about 1 cup, shredded) only contains 9 calories, but provides 104% RDA of vitamin A (as beta-carotene), 35% RDA vitamin C, and 70mg of calcium (7% RDA).

Magickal Properties of Bok Choy: As with most leafy greens, bok choy is associated with abundance, prosperity, and wealth. The layered nature of this vegetable reminds you that there are always additional opportunities and possibilities behind what you currently see.

10) Radish Greens

I have never made the mistake of blending radishes in my green smoothie. That would be a hard smoothie to drink!

When it comes the radish GREENS, however, that’s a different story.

If you are like me, you’ve thrown away radish greens for years. Unfortunately, we have thrown away a significant source of calcium, iron, magnesium and folate, as well as vitamins A, C, K and other nutrients.

Not only are radish greens edible, the leaves are the most nutritious part of the plant!

And they aren’t bitter, either. Radish greens have a mild flavor and taste a lot like lettuce. When I added the greens from an entire bunch of radishes in a green smoothie I made, I couldn’t even taste them.

Nutritional Benefits of Radish Greens: Radishes are super rich in calcium with 200mg (20% RDA) of calcium in just a 3 ounce, 44 calorie serving. You’ll also get 2 grams of protein, and 13% of your RDA of iron as well as vitamins A (280% RDA) and C (173% RDA).

Magickal Properties of Radish Greens: Strength, protection.

You might need to experiment or mix new greens with your familiar spinach at first. Try not to get stuck in the spinach rut. Branch out and discover a whole new world of green smoothie nutrition and variety!

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