Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Julia's "Green Monster" Smoothie (Vegetarian/Vegan)

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!

Mmm...coconut water! 

Ironically, I LOVE coconuts, but HATE coconut water by itself. But it's GREAT in smoothies! 
Green Monster Smoothie
adapted from Table for Two

Ingredients:
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!




4 comments:

  1. Good choice of ingredients, i like how you freeze all your fruit before using. Makes smoothies taste a ton better in my opinion, yum!

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  2. is there a particular reason you freeze the fruits? can i use fresh fruits instead?

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    1. Freezing the fruits gives the smoothie the icy texture; you can use fresh fruits, but keep in mind that your smoothie will end up watery. Adding plain ice WILL give you that icy texture, but at the expense of watering down your smoothie's flavor.

      If you really want to use fresh fruits, you can freeze them yourself. I personally love storebought frozen fruits since they are frozen at the peak of freshness, and because it means I can enjoy certain fruits even when they are out of season.

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