As I travel around the food and healthy living blogging world, I keep reading about these things called Green Monsters. It seems like everyone is drinking them and going on and on about the health benefits. I decided to hop aboard the bandwagon and check it out.
What is a Green Monster? Apparently its a smoothie made with some type of greens – usually spinach or kale. Sound appetizing? I didn’t think so!
But bloggers and readers keep going on and on about how great they are and how you can’t even taste the spinach. Erm….. okay I guess I’ll try it.
Most green monsters I’ve seen on other blogs are HUGE! They fill up a rather large glass. Sometimes more than one glass! I on the other hand don’t even own a blender. All I have is the little Magic Bullet. So I decided to make a “mini-monster”.
Into my Magic Bullet went a basic green mini-monster recipe.
- Half a banana
- Approximately one cup of spinach leaves
- Approximately one cup of soy milk (you can use any kind of milk)
- 2 tablespoons of flax
- 1 tablespoon of honey
Blend until smooth.
Make sure you blend it for several minutes to get all the spinach leaves chopped up.
The result is an Ecto-plasm looking concoction. But more importantly how did it taste?
It was actually amazing! You can not taste the spinach AT ALL. It just tastes like milk and bananas. I made one for a skeptical Benzo, who exclaimed “This is awesome!” after taking one drink.
Now that it’s warmer I’m not eating as much oatmeal so I’ve started working green smoothies into my morning routine a few times a week. They are very easy to make and a great way to get an extra serving of greens in your day.
I bought a big container of organic spinach at Sam’s Club for $4. I’ve been using that to make the mini monsters. But hopefully in about 45 days I’ll have enough spinach in the garden to use my own. I’m going to plant extra spinach now just for these smoothies!
Does anyone else drink green smoothies? What do you like to put in them?