I’ve been so into green monsters lately. Usually, in the winter I drink fewer green monsters because I’m so freakin’ cold all the time that I can’t bear the thought of putting something frozen in my gullet.
I’m sorry I said gullet.
Anyway, while doing Insanity, I’ve been really wanting to drink green monsters every day, and when I don’t, I miss them. I find that I do best drinking them for breakfast, because by the time I get home from work I am starving and I want a hot, cooked meal. A green monster won’t do it.
A green monster for breakfast, however, hits the spot.
Usually I have them with a hard-boiled egg or some cottage cheese on the side, since the smoothie alone isn’t enough protein for me to be full until noon. I’ve also been drinking plainer green monsters lately–fruit and spinach, with fewer add-ins, like nuts, oats, protein powders, chocolate, peanut butter, etc. Not because I don’t believe it that anymore, just ’cause that’s what I want.
I can’t really explain the way my stomach (gullet) works. But here’s a green monster recipe for you anyway!
Strawberry Banana Green Monster
- 2 handfuls baby spinach
- 1 ripe banana
- 6-7 frozen strawberries
- 1-2 C milk (I used vanilla almond milk today–super delicious flavor…sorry Dad!)
- honey/agave to sweeten (optional)
Combine as for any green monster: spinach on the bottom, banana and strawberries on top, and milk poured over. You may need to mix everything up a bit as you blend, depending on how powerful (or not) your blender is.
Blend until smooth.
This green monster is fruity and refreshing–exactly the flavor that I’ve been wanting so much lately.
Maybe my green monster cravings have come from all that post-holiday heavy food regret. It feels so good to start the day in a healthy and delicious way (and to pack in so much of the daily vitamin and fiber requirements in one meal!).
Plus, can you really go wrong with strawberry and banana? And we all know I wouldn’t be mad if you added some coconut to go in a bit of a tropical direction.
Like I said before, I usually add some extra food to this to make it a filling meal. Please don’t think that I can drink a few handfuls of spinach and a banana and feel full for more than 15 minutes.
Behind the scenes:
Henry thinks anything near a window is his territory.
Henry’s stepbrother is coming in a few days! We are picking him up from the airport on Saturday. I know that I’ve been talking about this nonstop for about a month, but I’m really excited to see how they get along, and have another snuggly furry friend around this place. Hopefully it’s love at first sight for Henry and Emerson.
Also, isn’t it the little things that make life so awesome? For instance, I am waaaay too excited to order Subway for lunch at work tomorrow (using a gift card that was given to the office by one of our patients), just because it’s different. How many Subway sandwiches have I had? A lot. But ordering it at work with friends is somehow much more exciting. Especially because I am really hardcore about bringing lunch and rarely buying it.
Have a beautiful Friday!