Thursday, July 02, 2009

Green Monster

Green Monster review!

Like I said the other night, I have been fascinated with the "Green Monster" smoothies that I've been seeing all over the interwebs. Seemed like something that might be worth trying, and I know from my college days at UC Davis that there have been weirdos putting spinach or kale into smoothies for a long time... just didn't know I'd become one of those weirdos myself.

BUT I AM! I tried it and I love it. Total convert!

I've made two of these in the last two days... wanted to make sure that I really did like them, and that it wasn't just a fluke. Seems like this is a good post-run/recovery drink for the morning after I get my miles in. (Not that I am running or did run today--I'm sick, sick, sick. I'm just drinking healthy things in the hope that it makes all the sickies inside me take off.) I even made Gluten-free E taste it last night, and he said he couldn't taste the spinach at all. (Not that he even knows what spinach tastes like!)

Bottoms up!

I will probably be reducing the recipe to make it a little bit lower-calorie, but as it was today I drank this for breakfast and it kept me full until lunch... it served as both my breakfast and morning snack today. Definitely kept me full, so I didn't mind the higher calorie count. And they are absolutely 100% correct. You can't taste the spinach at all. Tasted like a delicious banana-almond smoothie. The frozen banana made it nice and cold, and it had a good texture. Yummy!

The Green Monster
1 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon almond butter
2 cups spinach
1 tablespoon flax seed
1 frozen banana
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1 scoop of soy protein powder

Nutritional Info:
452 calories (yikes on calories and fat, I know... but it came out huge. Going to make it smaller.)
19 g fat
1216 mg potassium
45 g total carbohydrate
10 g dietary fiber
3.5 g sugars
32.8 g protein
47.8% Vitamin C
75.3% Vitamin E

I have a hard time eating enough protein and fiber--but this greenie packs a third of the daily fiber I need and a TON of protein. You get a lot for your money with the green monster. Only thing bothering me at this point is that it felt like too much to drink all at once. Probably reduce the quantities and choose either almond butter or powder... not sure. Easy to reduce it and bring it down a little. I'll keep tweaking the to keep trying.

Last night I made three more types of jam. Apricot, strawberry/rhubarb, and peach. Today I'm sick and stuck in bed catching up on So You Think You Can Dance, wishing I could be out of the house and on the road instead.

1 comment:

  1. That jam looks amazing and glad you tried the green monster! I will have to try it too!