I drink a green smoothie every single morning. They are one of the easiest ways that I incorporate simple herbal magic into my daily routine.
Dark green leafy vegetables are perhaps the most potent superfood on the planet. They can also add a bit of magick into your breakfast.
While spinach is the most popular leafy green to blend, it’s not he the only one. There are LOTS of leafy greens that you can choose from. Change up your leafy ingredients and fine-tune your green smoothies to align with whatever intentions you are setting that day.
10 Magical Leafy Greens Beyond Spinach
Next time you’re at the grocery store or farmers market to buy greens, get a little adventurous and try something a bit different!
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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.
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.
Magical Properties of Dandelion Greens: Detoxification, purification, cleansing.
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, which is perfect for adding a little extra color magick to your blend.
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.
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.
Magical Properties of Collard Greens: Abundance, prosperity. Use collard greens in blends when you want to attract abundance and opportunities.
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.
Magical Properties of Parsley: Parsley is used in love magic. 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.
Magical Properties of Beets: Beets are associated with love, and great to use in love magic. Like other greens, beet greens are associated with prosperity and wealth.
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.
Magical Properties of Lettuce: Simplicity, back to basics, refreshment. 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.
Magical 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!
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).
Magical 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.
Not only are radish greens edible, the leaves are the most nutritious part of the plant!
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).
Magical Properties of Radish Greens: Strength, protection.
The next time you’re at a grocery store or farmer’s market, bring home a bunch of leafy greens you haven’t tried before and work some new intentions into your green smoothies!