Apr 302013
 

My weekend was spent celebrating the bachelorette party and bridal shower of one of my best friends in the world (and also a blogger celeb…see ericasweettooth.com and be amazed).  Here is what I learned about bachelorette parties.  They are great for: bonding with friends, seeing how many party accessories come in inappropriate shapes, and discovering an amazing array of photos on your phone the next day.  They are NOT great for: my liver and my ability to fit into that bridesmaid dress in a month.  Oops.  After a weekend of sustaining pretty much on bagels, candy, and adult beverages, my body was pretty much crying for some produce.  So, I made this super health (and also delicious) Green Monster Smoothie.  


I promise it looks a lot greener than it tastes.  Does that make sense?  Well, it does to me.  It really just tastes like a regular fruit smoothie but has extra health benefits from the greens.  Smoothies are great because they are so versatile and easy to make.  This one has almond milk, banana, green apple, kale and spinach, and frozen fruit (I used mango and strawberries but anything will work). 


Nutritional highlights:  This smoothie is a great way to get an extra serving of veggies into your day and really not taste it at all.  It is a perfect breakfast or snack and is great for vegans and gluten-free-ers.  The greens add vitamins like A, K, folate, iron, calcium, and also a good dose of fiber.  


Green Monster Smoothie
adapted from Table for Two

makes 2 servings

INGREDIENTS:

– 1.5 cups frozen fruit (I used strawberries and mango but you can use any you like)
– 1/2 green apple, cut into pieces
– 1 banana, broken into pieces
– 1 1/2 cup almond milk
– 1 to 2 large handfuls of spinach, kale, or other dark greens
 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Throw everything in the blender and blend until a smooth consistency. If it gets stuck, turn it off, and use a spatula to break it up and start it again.

  9 Responses to “Green Monster Smoothie”

  1. Could I use Greek yogurt or add protein mix to this?

  2. Hi there !

    I literally made this smoothie this morning and then saw you via Foodgawker !

    I love what I saw so far of your blog !

    A fruit I have enjoyed adding lately in the mix is kiwi. I also bought some good ripe cantaloupes and then cubed and froze them just for smoothies … yum !

    Occasionally, I add a tsp of good cocoa for a treat :) !

  3. Mm, yum! I’ve also been enjoying green smoothies lately, it’s hard to stop once you get going! This one looks great :)

  4. Oh this smoothie looks so good! Looking forward to making it soon!

  5. Looks tasty. I’ve been adding frozen chopped collard greens to mine for some extra greens. I haven’t used apple in a smoothie yet, I’ll give it a try sometime.

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