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Green Monsters – Who knew?

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

It must be the strangest looking thing I have ever tried, but it is surprisingly tasty! And it is my goal for at least the next week to have one green monster a day.

Now once I list the ingredients for a green monster, your first thought will be “WHAT??? That is disgusting!” Or maybe that was just my initial reaction. =) But even my husband liked it!

So what is a green monster? Well first you have to check out this website:
You can learn all about it and then click on the link there to find NUMEROUS recipes and versions to try.
I started out using the basic recipe of: two cups of spinach or kale, half a banana, and a cup of milk.

NOW…before you think EWWW, try it! Seriously. The first time I made it I was really nervous about the day and wondered what Aubrey’s reaction would be, but not only was I pleasantly surprised, Aubrey liked it! The banana completely covers the taste of the greens.

The first time I made it for us I threw four cups of spinach, 2 cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and 1 frozen banana in our food processor.

I didn’t really like how it chopped it up; the spinach was still in way too big of pieces. It definitely works better in a blender! I took my portion and added two frozen strawberries and a packet of Stevia for a bit more sweetness and blended it up more with our magic bullet.

A beautiful color, right? =P

The next time I made one I used a couple of slices of frozen peaches instead of strawberries and I added 8 grams of pea protein powder and a packet of Stevia.

I love how the protein powder made it thicker and creamier, but I definitely preferred the taste of the strawberries instead of the peaches.

I was actually a little nervous about the pea protein powder. I very much love the taste and texture of whey protein powder in smoothies, but my body can not digest whey. After many bouts of extreme gastrointestinal distress, I cut back on all the products I was eating with whey as an ingredient and things have improved drastically.

I love that it’s only ingredient is 100% non-GMO pea protein. It can definitely help me get more protein in my day! It does not taste nearly as good as whey protein, but at least my stomach isn’t killing me!

So far I have had three green monsters. Will I fit one in every day this week? That is certainly my plan!

For the combination of 2 cups spinach, half a frozen banana (50 grams), 1/2 cup milk (almond breeze), 1/2 cup water, 8 grams pea protein, and 2 frozen strawberries (about 30 grams) my calories are 125. I’m thinking about adding some ground flaxseed to it as well for the omega 3’s and some healthy fat, which on some days I’m super low on. Half a tablespoon would add another 20 calories. Oh and some time I’m going to have to try adding some unsweetened cocoa powder. I’d love to try a healthy chocolate version.

What is the weirdest food that you have tried that you liked? Are you going to try a green monster?
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    I had these when I was on vacation in Mexico & Bahamas....I believe they had some parsely in them also...they were excellent!!! I was hooked & had one every day but never tried to make them when I returned home. Thanks for the blog....you have given me the courage to try this at home.
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    2985 days ago
  • TINK9305
    I also add 2-3 baby carrots to our smothies my son calls the spinach and carrots hidden veggies :o)
    2995 days ago
    I was very surprised at how much the banana covered up the taste of the spinach.
    3002 days ago
    Wow, I never heard of these Green Monsters. I'll try it sometime. Thanks! :)
    3002 days ago
  • *AMBER512
    I found it at New Seasons (a health food store).
    3002 days ago

    It sounds interesting...Where do you find pea protein powder? emoticon
    3003 days ago
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