Thursday, November 5, 2009

Green Monster Smoothie

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Every morning I wake up thinking "Boy, do I need my coffee and spinach". What? You don't? That's ok, neither do I. You don't normally equate spinach with breakfast, right? Well NOW I do! I've been reading about these "Green Monster" smoothies for a few months now and my reaction was, well, probably what a lot of you are thinking now too: GROSS!

Then, slowly but surely, I started seeing them more and more of them around the blogiverse. Finally I decided to be all bold and daring and courageous and just try it. I couldn't believe it! It was great! Ok, I'll take my Green Monster with a side of crow, please.

The first time making this I didn't have the equation quite right. I left out the ice and used only frozen banana which left the consistency a bit weird- and the smoothie a bit warm. Bleh.

There are multiple variations you could make including adding berries or any kind of fruit, adding vegetable juices, add nut butters (which I have done and it's YUM). Make it your own. The best part is that the banana kind of overrides the spinach flavor so you're not left feeling like you're eating frozen spinach.

Green Monster Smoothie
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made one gigantic smoothie- the glass shown above is a pint sized glass and I still had about 1/2 C left in the blender

Ingredients:
2 C spinach
1 banana
1/2 C milk (or almond milk, or soy milk, or yogurt or whatever else you can come up with. make it your own)
1/2 tray of ice cubes
1/2 C raw rolled oats

Directions:
Place the spinach in a blender- it's important to put the spinach first so that it's closest to the blades. The banana and ice will hold it down and make sure the spinach gets finely chopped so you're not drinking leaves of spinach.

Pour in the milk and add banana to the blender and puree until smooth and leaf-chunk-free. Add the ice and any other add-ins you'd like. Puree again until the ice is crushed and everything is blended together. Enjoy!

Source: Seen all over the blog world, but the Original Green Monster is from Angela from Oh She Glows  and the Green Monster Movement

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