Haskins Garden Centre is encouraging gardeners to make the most of their homegrown spinach with a revitalizing and nutritious spinach smoothie.

Alasdair Urquhart, Haskins’ in-house plant expert, commented: “Spinach is brilliant at surviving the winter and bouncing back in April. It’s one of those plants that you can keep picking a handful of leaves and within a week or so there will be new ones to re-harvest.”

“Even if you haven’t had time to grow your own spinach, you can still follow our step-by-step recipe for a spinach smoothie.”

Ingredients (serves one)

  • 2 handfuls of spinach leaves
  • 1 banana
  • 1 apple
  • 1 orange
  • water as needed

Method

  1. Peel the banana, apple and orange and cut into slices or separate into segments. Making a Spinach Smoothie
  2. Place in the blender.
  3. Wash spinach leaves and add to blender.
  4. Add water as needed.
  5. Blend until smooth and serve.

Alasdair added: “This healthy smoothie is perfect for spring cleaning your digestive system and contains really simple ingredients for a powerful detox ahead of the summer months. What’s more, it’s so satisfying to use your own home-grown spinach and celebrate its ‘garden to plate’ journey.

“We recommend adding the orange because the addition of a citrus fruit will help increase the body’s ability to absorb many of the beneficial nutrients in spinach, including iron.”

Spinach is a nutrient-rich vegetable, containing high amounts of carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, iron and calcium, making it the perfect crop for a detox. Spinach also contains folate, niacin, riboflavin, and potassium.

To produce smoothies with a kick, Haskins recommends adding a Matcha Green Tea shot. This would provide a caffeine boost as well as provide additional anti-oxidants.

Haskins has centres in Ferndown in Dorset, West End in Southampton and Roundstone and Snowhill in West Sussex. For more information visit www.haskins.co.uk

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