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Spinach is one power-packed veggie that I love adding to regular and green smoothies. There's just 1 problem: spinach has lots of oxalates. Here's how to lower oxalates and use spinach in smoothies without the pain of steaming it every time.

Steamed Spinach Smoothie "Pucks"

Spinach is one power-packed veggie that I love adding to regular and green smoothies. There's just 1 problem: spinach has lots of oxalates. Here's how to lower oxalates and use spinach in smoothies without steaming it every time.

Author Lindsey Dietz

Ingredients

  • 36 ounces washed fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup pure water
  • 1 cookie sheet
  • unbleached parchment paper
  • 1/3 cup measuring cup

Instructions

  1. Line cookie sheet with unbleached parchment paper.
  2. Prepare to steam the spinach. I do not have a special steamer or steaming basket. I simply place a stainless steel colander inside of a larger pot with a bit of boiling water in the bottom. Nothing fancy, but it works!
  3. Place as much spinach as will fit into your steamer (or pot + colander over boiling water).
  4. Cover the spinach and steam for 1 minute.
  5. Remove from the heat.
  6. Pack the steamed spinach into the measuring cup.
  7. Flip it over and give it a tap onto the parchment-lined cookie sheet. It should come out the same size and shape as the measuring cup.
  8. Continue to do this until all the spinach has been used.
  9. Place the cookie sheet into the freezer.
  10. Freeze 4 to 6 hours, or until the spinach is in solid "pucks".
  11. Store in a zip-top bag in the freezer.
  12. Add 1 smoothie puck to any smoothie for a boost of good-for-you greens with lots of absorbable calcium!