>> Thursday, February 2, 2012
I saw that Beth had pinned a recipe for a green smoothie on Pinterest recently, and it reminded me that at one point I had taken a picture of one to share here. Now I can't find the picture, so here is one I found online.
They are also called Green Monster smoothies. You can find all kinds of recipes online. It's basically a fruit smoothie with spinach that gives it a green color. Some people use kale, which I haven't tried yet. When it is blended, you can't even taste the spinach. This is my basic recipe, but there are so many variations. I use about 1/2 a cup of coconut milk, half a frozen banana (I think the banana is key. The natural sweetness really covers up any spinach that you could taste and freezing it gives the smoothie a great, creamy consistency), a scoop of vanilla protein powder, and a tablespoon of natural peanut butter. Then I fill the rest of my magic bullet cup up with spinach (maybe a cup or so) and blend. Add ice cubes and/or more milk as needed to get the right consistency. You could add in so many other things to increase the nutritional value -- chia seeds, flax seed, etc. You could also change the fruits and maybe add another veggie that blends well. But start with one containing banana. I usually try to keep the caloric content of mine under 300, so that kind of determines what I put in it. Try it and tell me what you think. Also share any recipes you come up with here or on the facebook page.