Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Green Monster (smoothie)

So, I finally caved and tried a green smoothie. This awesome breakfast was just as amazing as Boston's actual Green Monster. I will admit, I was slow to jump on the green bandwagon, but now that I am on it I am not getting off!
I loosely based my smoothie on a recipe I found on Pinterest. This one used spinach and not tons of other veggies, but a banana instead. It also had oats and walnuts which I wasn't so into.
I decided to keep the banana, added some flaxseed for some extra fiber, some almond butter, and drizzled in a little maple syrup.
Hello, amazing!! I was hesitant about how well the magic bullet would blend the spinach, and it did a nice job. The spinach was not tastable at all. It tasted of banana and almond butter, a favorite of mine!
Yup. It was that amazing.

I was also full for hours after - the combo of the spinach, banana, and flaxseed really kept me going all day!

Green Monster Smoothie:
- 1 cup of almond milk (sure you can use milk of your choice)
- large handful of spinach
- 1 frozen banana in chunks
- heaping 1/2 tablespoon of flaxseed meal
- heaping 1/2 tablespoon of almond butter (can use nut butter of choice)
- small drizzle of maple syrup
- a few ice cubes

Put it all in, blend it all up, and seriously, enjoy!

*disclaimer, I tend to be a wacky food combo type of person, so my taste buds are already in "healthy crunchy mode*

**sharing this creation, makes me realize I should share more of my fun smoothie creations, since it is a go to breakfast for me**

21 thoughts on the matter:

Nancy Claeys said... {Reply}

Sounds very tasty and healthy. Thanks for the recipe Tamar. :)

Leovi said... {Reply}

I love spinach. A very nutritious and healthy breakfast.

Nicky @ Awesomeville.co.uk said... {Reply}

YUM! I just a blender (last one died) for the purpose of making some green monster smoothies!

Kim C. said... {Reply}

Nice! We need a good blender. We have a smoothie machine, but I don't think it does the job. I have to admit that I'm hesitant on the green, but I keep hearing that it is no big deal. I love spinach normally, but something about it being in a drink is scary. But, I trust you! Will have to try it.

Buckeroomama said... {Reply}

Hmmm, will have to give this a try... but do you think it will work as well if I skip the butter?

My dad does a "green" thing every morning, too, but I don't like it very much. He combines green pepper, celery, bitter gourd, pears, and something else (I forget!)...

Pride In Photos said... {Reply}

Tamar, You should of seen the look on my face as I was reading your post. Face all distorted like what? But when you wrote about not tasting the spinach...I was like Okay then♥ Thanks for sharing.

Mary Gene Atwood said... {Reply}

I'm a big fan of green smoothies. I tend to use kale over spinach since I read it was the "super food" I use no recipe, just start throwing things in. My #1 announced, "looks like poop, but tastes great" what more would you want? LOL

Seeing Each Day said... {Reply}

Well done - sounds very healthy. I'm not as game as you are though, the only combination and amount of green I've managed so far is parsley mixed with carrot and apple.

Kim Stevens said... {Reply}

I think I would definitely have to get over the monster green color first, haha!

I recently became allergic to cabbage, I know, strange thing to be allergic to. But I have now a long list of fruits and veggies, fresh, that I have to be careful of...I'm afraid smoothies may be out of the question for me! :(

Emily S said... {Reply}

Sounds yummy!! Thanks for sharing!

Kathy said... {Reply}

I like EATING green things...I just have a phobia about DRINKING them. Not even a McDonalds Shamrock shake! But I'm sure it tasted good...just green tho.

Karen said... {Reply}

I've never been brave enough to drink green things. I like my veggies in a salad.

EG CameraGirl said... {Reply}

It sounds quite good!

Karen said... {Reply}

Looks yummy! I need a better blender though. My fear would be encountering a chunk in my smoothie :).

Maddy said... {Reply}

I'm not usually a fan of anything "green", but you make it sound very appealing that I'm curious enough to they :)

Jade @ Tasting Grace said... {Reply}

I think I might need to try this. A friend of mine has been swearing by spinach in smoothies for ages...but I do need to start getting more calcium in my diet and the thought of just drinking more milk is not so appealing. But a healthy smoothie might do the trick!

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likeschocolate said... {Reply}

A great way t o start the new year!

Dina Lettre said... {Reply}

I think it sounds amazing!

Lynn @ UpCountry Olio said... {Reply}

You have almost got me convinced to give this a try! I might have to close my eye to get it down though?

Lynn

Jen said... {Reply}

I had to come by and check out your recipe. This is pretty similar to the recipe I used. I put vanilla greek yogurt in mine. I'll have to add the flaxseed next time, or maybe some protein powder, because it seemed like I was hungry before I should have been ;)
Yes, share some of your other smoothie recipes!!