There are two basic types of smoothie makers:
TYPE A. The person who throws in whatever they think sounds good and VIOLA! – They have a deliciously healthy smoothie.
TYPE B. The person who follows a recipe because they’re slightly afraid that just throwing in this or that will make their smoothie taste bad. And then they’ll feed bad for wasting all that produce. And then drink the horrible-tasting smoothie anyway.
I’m type B. I want my smoothies to taste good, so I follow a recipe. Mr. Crumbs is type A. He doesn’t care what it tastes like in the end as long as he’s getting a glass full of fruits and veggies. He says that it tastes “good,” but I’ve tasted a few and it’s hard to look past the breastmilk-fed-baby-poo look in order to qualify the smoothie as edible.
So I stick to the plan. Mostly.
I’ve been drinking green monster smoothies for over a week now, varying just slightly from the basic recipe so my affectionately named “monster” smoothie doesn’t taste monsterous.
But first, have you heard of green monsters before? They’re basically smoothies that are green – in color – because they’re made up mostly of spinach (or kale if you can’t eat spinach) and spinach is really, really good for you. This leafy green vegetable is high in fiber, protein, iron, folate and a bunch of other vitamins and minerals that you probably didn’t know you needed. 🙂 You can pretty much add whatever you want, but I first started with the basic recipe – the “no fail” recipe that even beginners would like. Honestly, I thought it was just o-kay. But I kept going and tried various additions and let me tell you what –
Mmmm… maybe that should be on the dinner menu then…
I figured if I liked them, you would too, so I’m sharing some basics and some variations for you to try.
- Place all ingredients in a blender and hit go. Add ice to the blender if you want it extra cold and thick.
Sticking (mostly) to the original plan, here are the variations I’ve done so far:
- substitute 1 cup kale for 2 cups spinach
- if you’re not ready for kefir, use 1/2 cup homemade yogurt and 1/2 cup coconut water
- increase the protein naturally with these other easy changes
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I give all of these variations two thumbs up. My favorite was day #4 with the pineapple juice and mango. YUM-O!
Adding 1/2 cup of blueberries or strawberries won’t make your green monster taste like blueberries or strawberries (respectively), but it will add a hint of the berry flavor and much deliciousness. The peanut butter addition was just heavenly…
DELICIOUS I TELL YOU!
By the way, don’t freak out of your green monster is less green with your added fruit. Blueberries made the smoothie slightly purplish-greenish, which may weird some people out, but if it does, just close your eyes when you drink it. 🙂
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