Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Green Monster!

if you have never had a green monster this probably doesn't look very appetizing. but you are wrong - it's yummy! it's super good and good for you!

there are an infinite number of combinations for green monsters. this particular one is a mango-banana green monster. i also frequently make peanut butter-banana or strawberry mango, papaya-berry-banana, blueberry-banana, chocolate-peanut butter. get the picture? lots of options. you basically need some fruit, spinach or kale, ice, and a liquid and you are good to go. the great thing is the fruit completely masks the spinach/kale flavor but you still get all of nutrients from the leafy greens.

i try to have one once a day to automatically get some fruits and veggies into my diet. it may not look good, but you seriously need to try it. if you like fruit smoothies, you will like green monsters. the green color will be verying levels of intensity depending on the ingredients. for example, if you add some red berries it turns brownish, lighter color fruit allows the green to shine!

here is what i put in it today:

Mango-Banana Green Monster
(serves 2 - just cut ingredients in half for 1 smoothie)
225 calories per serving

1/2 c frozen mango
1 frozen very ripe banana
1 scoop dessert banana cream protein powder (optional)
2 handfuls of baby spinach
1 tbs ground flaxseed (optional but so good for you)
1 tbs agave nectar
1/2 c skim milk
1/2 c v8 v-fusion juice (i used pomegranate blueberry)
1 1/2 C ice

blend all ingredients in blender till smooth. add more liquid if too thick or more ice if too thin.

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