1.26.2012

Green Monster

It's Thursday, 
which means 1 more day until Friday - we can do this!

Tuesday I did my product spotlight on Bolthouse Farms' "Green Goodness" juice.
I told you guys that I was gonna show you my own version of a green drink (more like a smoothie) so here it is :)


Doesn't look SO bad right? It's actually super delicious and healthy.
I promise ;)

What You'll Need:

2 heaping handfuls of spinach (low in calories, high in vitamins)
3 strawberries (full of fiber to keep digestion regular)
1 frozen banana - cut before you freeze (high energy fruit, full of potassium) 
Small handful of frozen blueberries (high in antioxidants)
About 1/2 cup of frozen mango chunks (improves digestion & lowers cholesterol)
1/2 cup of almond milk (I use unsweetened)
1 scoop of protein (I use vanilla flavored)
1/2 teaspoon of Splenda (optional)


I put the protein in the blender, then the spinach, banana, blueberries, mangos, strawberries, and milk and mix it all together. I use the "puree" setting. Once everything is mostly liquidized (fancy word, huh?), I add in the Splenda (because I'm a wimp and have to add Splenda to just about everything) and blend it on the "liquify" setting for a few more seconds.

It doesn't look really appealing, BUT rest assured, it tastes gooooood! I usually drink one either for breakfast (if I have time to make it), or pre or post workout. It makes a decent sized glass - it usually takes me awhile to drink it all.

Here is what the finished product looks like:


If you don't have one of these hard, plastic cups with the lid and hard straw - you should really get on that. I use mine all the time to take drinks to class or to work. They're very car friendly, too!

This green monster smoothie tastes fruity (imagine that), but if you want a smoothie that's less fruity you might like to try the peanut butter banana smoothie that I posted about a few weeks ago! Do you see a trend here...I really like smoothies.

Give it a try and let me know what you think :)

Oh and PS: my best friend got me these adorable mixing bowls for my birthday, and I figured that since I used them to make this smoothie that it was appropriate to show them off ;)


Thanks, Britt :)
She picked these up at Anthropologie! 

34 comments:

  1. Those dishes are so cute! Anthro has the cutest home stuff!

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  2. If only you lived closer...I know you'd totally kick my butt into being healthier! Btw- NO CLUE you lived in Florida...news to me!

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  3. I make something very similar, when doing a "belly blast" or detox, and I love it!! One suggestion, instead of Splenda, you should use a little stevia or agave (or even honey). Those products are natural and easier for your body to process. :-). I switch out to different flavors of fruits, too. This way I don't get bored.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I've tried Stevua and I'm not a fan :(
      I do need to try agave, though!
      Thanks for letting me know, girl :)

      xo!

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    2. I would love to know more about the belly blast.

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  4. Not gonna lie that green stuff does not look appetizing, But I am going to take your word for it that it tastes good! I'm not a big smoothie fan though so I dunno how I like it. Oh and it looks super fancy in your Starbucks glass! :) Maybe I'll give it a try!

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  5. Tried the Green Goodness the other day. It's not bad!! Thanks for a great looking smoothie recipe.
    Yay!! It's almost FRIDAY!

    Laura.

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    1. Pretty good for being healthy, right?!
      Glad you liked it :)

      YAY for almost Friday!
      xo!

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  6. But for real that doesnt seem a bad a I thought it might be at first… ok maybe ill be adventurous..
    You'll poach Ill try something green…

    :)
    ya da best!
    Meg

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  7. Can you taste the spinach? Because if not I'm totally going to try this!!

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    1. NO! Try it - it's good :)
      If you're worried about the spinach, maybe start out with just 1 handful instead of 2?

      xo!

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    2. Can I use frozen or should it be fresh? also-those hard cups are awesome eh!

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    3. I use fresh - I've never tried frozen!
      You can try? lol

      xo!

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  8. It sounds good!!! I have two insulated cups & absolutely love them!

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  9. The spinach scares me a little but the fruit looks sooo good! I might have to try it out. Love the mixing bowls, so pretty!

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  10. I've heard about that green monster and although I've heard only good things I am still scared! I should just try it already!

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  11. I've been totally a over green smoothies lately-- but I put kale in 'em :)

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  12. Haha... I totally tried the Green Goodness the other day and was not a fan (to each their own!) But because I know how good it is for you, I tried out the Odwalla Original Superfood which is very similar & I like it much better. This one is more fruity, where the other I could taste the algae more. Just an alternative!

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    1. Aww bummer! Well at least you found something that you liked, right?!
      :)

      xo

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  13. Great recipe. I have all of these things, so hubby and I will have one in the morning. I like that you used the fruit frozen. You could prepackage the fruit into individual bags and freeze and just pull them out and put in blender. AWESOME!

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    1. That's exactly what I do now :)
      Makes it SO easy - takes less than 5 minutes!
      Hope you like it!

      xo

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  14. I have to admit I don't even have a blender, but this looks fab!I LOVE spinach leaves-weird, I know. I might have to buy a blender and make these.

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  15. Yum sounds so good.. ok it doesn't look so good, but I will trust you hehe :)

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  16. Looks yummy! I normally just order my veggie and fruit smoothie from Jamba Juice. Maybe I should try making at home. Seems so simple. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Jamba Juice is one of my 2 favorite smoothie places :)
      But sometimes my wallet likes me better if I make them from home lol.

      xo!

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    2. True. Have you signed up for their email savings? Sometimes you can get a 16 for $2. Much more reasonable!

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  17. I have the cup...not the smoothie :(. I need to get on that!

    www.grinandbarrettblog.com

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  18. thats so funny a girl from my work had this smoothie yesterday!!!

    xo
    Classic & Bubbly

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  19. I am SO wanting that starbucks cup!!! And I'm so pumped for the recipe!! I've been wanting to do this!

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  20. That actually looks completely delish! Also, my mom would die for those bowls!

    Hope your Thurs is going FAB!

    XO!

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  21. thank you for sharing the smoothie recipe! im definitely going to try it!

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  22. That smoothie looks so good. I am going to buy the stuff for it today and have that for breakfast every morning before work!! I am trying to workout and lose weight and I think that this will really help.
    Btw I found you on the follow friday link up and I can't wait to read your blog!!

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