First, let me explain what a green monster is, then I’ll tell you why I’ll be drinking these all week.
I first read the term “green monster” on the blog Oh She Glows. This blog is written by a very creative vegan baker and blogger. She has some of the best tasting and most innovative recipes I’ve seen on the web, and they’re pretty darn healthy, too!
Now, if you’ve been reading long enough, you’ll know that no one in the DP family is vegan or even vegetarian, but that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy the occasional healthy vegan recipe, including, of course, green monster smoothies.
A green monster is a smoothie that is made with a few cups of greens (usually spinach or kale) in addition to the usual fruit, ice, milk/yogurt, etc. Green monsters are almost always very green in color (thus the name) but have little to no taste of the greens in them. They are an excellent way to get your daily dose of greens!
Why will I be drinking these things this week?
Since college I have been eating a green salad for lunch almost everyday during the warm months (and soup in the cold months). I am one of those people that just loves veggies dressed in olive oil and vinegar.
I know there are those readers thinking “yes, yes, me too!” and then there are some of you thinking “ugg, I knew there was something I didn’t like about this lady”.
In the past week or so, though, (approximately weeks 11-12 of this pregnancy) I have not, for the life of been, been able to eat a green salad. Which is weird. Beyond weird. But, of course, being the huge fan of Sam’s Club that I am, I bought the giant container of fresh baby spinach this week (which for the record, I go through by myself in a week and a half with no problem.
So my problem is that I have tons of spinach and no appetite for it. And my husband is not about to dig into a green salad either. Because of this, I’m embracing the green monster smoothie, both to use up my spinach and also to get it in my body in the least offensive way possible.
One of my go to green monster smoothie recipes is this:
DP’s Go To Green Monster Smoothie
(makes 2 servings)
2-3 cups spinach
1/2 cup milk or yogurt
3-8 fresh or frozen strawberries (depending on size and mood)
2-4 tbsp flax seed (depending on how things are “going” that day)
1 cup of ice
I throw this in my blender on high until it’s smooth, then pour into two small Mason/Bell jars. I’ll keep the second serving in the freezer if Beard isn’t feeling a smoothie; it’ll thaw just by taking it out and sitting on the counter at least a half hour or more before you want to drink it.
As a treat, sometimes I’ll look up some crazy delicious sounding green monster smoothies, and this is one I loved from Oh She Glows: Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bomb .
I did alter the recipe quite a bit when I made it because of what I had on hand:
- I didn’t use tofu
- My spinach was raw
- I used extra cocoa powder instead of carob powder and Chocolate Infusion powder
- I used cow’s milk
- I used no oil
- I used flax seeds instead of chia seeds (which DON’T do the same thing, but I just wanted flax in there)
The smoothie is a delicious treat! Try it. 🙂