Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Green Monster

Disclaimer: this looks gross. It's not. It's actually quite tasty.

I got turned on to the whole Green Monster Movement by my friend Clare at Fitting It All In. If you haven't heard of these delicious smoothies, read the whole back story here.



Basically, a Green Monster is a smoothie made from spinach, banana, milk, ice, and whatever other accoutrement you want to put in. Yes, it looks super green, but the banana actually cuts out all of the spinach flavor (which is pretty mild to begin with, anyway).

If you've read my other food posts, you know that I am not exactly a health nut. (Please refer here for exhibit A.) So if I think these are delicious, you might too!

Since my first Green Monster last week, I've experimented with adding other ingredients, such as peanut butter, strawberries, pumpkin butter, and cocoa powder. So far, so good. Last night I made one with fat-free Greek yogurt in place of the milk, and it was super creamy, more like a milkshake.

On top of tasting yummy, this is a great way to get in a bunch of fruits and veggies to your daily diet. Try it.

My recipe of choice:

2 cups fresh baby spinach
1 banana (preferably frozen)
1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 cup fat-free Greek yogurt (I used Chobani honey flavor)
Handful of ice

First, blend the yogurt, spinach, and milk. Then add the frozen banana and blend until smooth. Finally, add as much ice as you want for your desired consistency and blend.

5 comments:

  1. YAY! I'm so glad you liked it!!

    I've made one with all yogurt and it was too hard to blend, but your 1/2 yogurt 1/2 milk sounds great!

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  2. Yes that was my problem with all yogurt too! So I kept adding milk until it was about half and half and that did the trick.

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  3. yay! we are all blogging buddies!

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  4. Personally, I think green monsters look delicious :) It's such a pretty color, I don't get how people would say it looks gross! And it looks lovely in that glass :) I just made a tasty one this morning (http://livinglearningeating.wordpress.com/2011/08/06/477/), spoiler: cucumbers were involved :P

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  5. You're right, they are pretty! I guess before you make the plunge into eating/drinking green beverages they can freak you out, though.

    I'll have to try out a cucumber version!

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