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Tropical Green Monster

It has been a while since I’ve posted about a green monster.

My summer green monster obsession was the peanut butter green monster, and I drank one every day.  Then I moved onto the café au lait green monster, and drank one of those every day, usually for breakfast.  So delicious.  Now that it’s colder, I’ve been having fewer green monsters and way more gigantic bowls of oatmeal to wake up every morning.  Green monsters have been banished to the weekends, when I can drink them wrapped in blankets next to the space heater.

Still love green monsters.  Just need to stay warm while drinking them.

Fritz is a big lover of fruit smoothies, and I’ve been craving summer, so I decided to mix it up a bit.

Tropical Green Monster

  • 2 handfuls green spinach
  • 1 frozen (very ripe!) banana
  • 1 C frozen tropical fruit (mine was a mix of mango, pineapple, strawberries, and peaches)
  • 8 oz coconut water
  • splash of milk (optional) or water as needed

In typical green monster fashion, layer as follows: spinach, fruit, banana, and liquids over the top.

The heavy frozen fruits will help push down the spinach into the blender mechanism for better blending.  Blend for a few minutes until smooth, and enjoy.

This was sweet, light, and refreshing.  I added a bit of milk since I wanted it to be a little bit creamy rather than icy, but I really only added about 1/8 C or so.

Also, it tasted so tropical!  It reminded me a little bit of all the drinks we had while on honeymoon…except, of course, that those weren’t green and they also contained high levels of alcohol.

Not necessarily something I wouldn’t try!  Maybe next time I need a TGIF cocktail?

This week is going to be a busy one for Fritz and I, and I need to start studying for my orthopedic clinical that will be starting in a couple of months.  I gave myself the first few weeks of this clinical experience off so I could get settled in, but now time is going by quickly!  Can’t believe I only have a few months in the semester left–and I’ll be a big, bad physical therapist!

Hopefully not big or bad, come to think of it.  You know what I mean.

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  1. Kare

    I guess it’s high time for me to try a spinach smoothie – and this one looks like a great place to start! Love your gorgeous photos. Great colors.

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      you really should!

  2. Leah at One Vignette

    I’m so wondering if I could pull this one over on my kiddos, since they love smoothies so much…Guess I’ll just have to try, right? Thanks for posting this!

  3. raquel@erecipe

    I am smelling summer whenever I see tropical fruits, the smoothie looks really refreshing and it is easy to prepare too, I love to try this.

  4. Valentina of Eastside Food Bites

    I’m making this tomorrow! Can’t wait.

  5. Joe Bore

    great blog!!! i’m now a fan :)

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      Thanks! Welcome :)

  6. Jenni M

    I have been reading this blog a lot recently, mainly because I am trying to motivate myself to eat more veggies and get healthier… these smoothies look fanTASTIC! Do you have to use a banana in all of them? Just curious if that is a personal preference of yours or if they have a purpose in the texture/nutrition/taste??

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      I always use a ripe banana–get lots of potassium, they are cheap, freeze easily when ripe (peel ‘em first, then freeze) so they are always on hand for a green monster, and add more than enough sugar so i don’t have to add any extra sweetener. Plus, they disguise the taste of any veggies you might have snuck in there. Also I freakin’ love bananas.

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