Can I boast about myself for a moment? I have - and I am trying to say this modestly, but am failing - amazing iron levels. Impressive, I know! I'll be over here, taking a bow.
The thing about following plant-based diets is that you do really need to watch your intake of certain vitamins and minerals, such as B12 and iron. People always, always ask how I get enough protein, but typically that is less of an issue than getting enough iron. Insufficient iron can lead to fatigue, weakness, and the inability to fight off infections - and who has time for that? Not me, and so I have a spinach smoothie every single day.
This chocolate almond butter smoothie is my current favourite; not only is it rich in iron, but it is also full of protein and calcium. Plus, it's delicious. I keep very ripe frozen bananas on hand for my smoothies; they add sweetness and a milkshake-like texture, along with potassium. This makes a great breakfast or post-workout snack - full of energy, and delicious to boot!
In a high powered blender, blend the spinach, almond butter, cocoa powder, and almond milk together until smooth.
Add the frozen banana and blend until smooth and frothy.
Yield: 1 serving