No, not THAT Green Monster. That's the BF's team; I stay a true Wrigley girl, through and through (and yes, I've seen our standings this season).
The Green Monster SMOOTHIE was created by a lovely lady named Angela several years ago; basically, it's a fruity smoothie, filled with greens (typically spinach or kale), which gives the smoothie its trademark green color. The fruits mask the flavor of the greens, and you end up with a delicious smoothie packed with nutrition. There are TONS of GM recipes out there; this just happens to be the one that I like the best. :)
It's perfect for a quick breakfast, a light lunch, or after a good workout!
While I'm on the topic of smoothies, I'll urge you to make them at home whenever possible - you can customize them infinitely, and you will ALWAYS know what's in them. I know McDonald's has a "smoothie" now, and there are tons of juice/smoothie bars out there, but you'll save a TON of money by just making them at home. Trust me - Planet Smoothie knew me WELL during high school and college.
I'll share a key tip with you - freeze everything that you can! Using plain ice in a smoothie will end up watering down your drink. I only use frozen fruits in my smoothies, and I always freeze my bananas as well (let them get REALLY ripe first!). Anytime I have any leftover fruit, I toss it in a bag and freeze it! I also like to freeze coconut water, plain yogurt, and juices in silicone ice cube trays. Sometimes, for smoothie recipes that I make often, I'll dump ALL of the ingredients into a plastic bag, freeze it, and then just dump everything into my Ninja when ready to enjoy a smoothie!
|Ironically, I LOVE coconuts, but HATE coconut water by itself. But it's GREAT in smoothies!|
Green Monster Smoothie
adapted from Table for Two
1 cup frozen strawberries*
1 cup frozen peaches*
1 banana, preferably frozen (if not, that's OK)
1 1/2 - 2 cups almond milk
2 cups packed spinach
*I prefer strawberries and peaches for my smoothie, but you can use any combination of fresh fruits, from berries, to pineapple to oranges! Just make sure you have about 2 cups of fruit!*
Add the frozen fruit, banana, almond milk and spinach to a blender. Pulse/blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides with a silicone spatula if needed.
This recipe will make enough for 2 smoothies; I usually drink one, and freeze the leftover in cubes for later!