Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Attack of the Green Monster!

I've been hearing so much about the awesome effects of the Green Monster Smoothie that I had to try it out for myself. When making this, add the lightest weight ingredients first (powders, flax,spinach), followed by heavier weighted (banana, milk, PB) ingredients- the heavier ingredients will weigh down the lighter ingredients and keep it from flying around in your blender and sticking to the sides.
Like many readers, I was somewhat skeptical of the so-called "delicious" taste from the spinach, but it is true... you can't even taste the spinach! Delicious, nutritious, and be prepared to have some energy! A great and easy breakfast smoothie, snack, or pre- or post-workout nourishment. Check back here to see other NEW combinations!



Here are the reasons why I love and became a believer of the GMS (Green Monster Smoothie):
1. Increase in energy
2. It's fool-proof- The combinations are endless, and you can experiment with what you have on hand or what your taste buds are telling you. From looking at online websites and blogs, it consists of:
a) Fruit- Banana, Frozen fruit, ANY fruit
b) Spinach
c) Liquid- Milk, Soy milk, Rice milk, Coconut water, Almond milk
d) Supplements- Amazing Meal, Flax seed, Protein powder (optional)
e) Sweetener- Honey, Agave nectar, Splenda (optional)
f) Peanut butter- Peanut butter, Almond butter, Cashew butter (optional)
3. Terrific way to incorporate FRESH fruit and veggies in a smoothie form- Raw spinach has many nutritional benefits, but when cooked, many of the benefits are lost- thus you get more bang for you buck if you consume it raw.
4. It satisfied my hunger for hours- I had it at 7am and was full until lunch at 12pm.
5. Have read your skin becomes clearer and glows

Ingredients:
1 cup fresh spinach
1 cup non-fat vanilla soy milk
1 Tbsp peanut butter
1 banana
Handful of ice

Directions:
1. Add ingredients in the order listed to a blender. Mix until well incorporated, and texture becomes a smoothie. Enjoy!

* Note: This was my first time trying this, and I am looking forward to trying new combinations of ingredients in the days ahead!

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