Green Monster Smoothie

  • This green monster smoothie is packed with delicious fruit and you won't even be able to tell there is a healthy green leaf in here!

    This green monster smoothie is a great way to sneak some greens into your day


    Okay so I gave in. And I’m kind of hooked on this green smoothie sensation. When the whole green thing started, you know, like doing shots of wheatgrass..and then adding green leaves to your smoothies. I was so opposed to it. It wasn’t because I didn’t want to try it, it was because I was scared I’d taste the spinach or taste something completely disgusting.

    Well, after seeing thousands of bloggers (this number is slightly exaggerated) post their own versions of green smoothies and how none of them croaked upon drinking it, I decided to give it a try. Uh, yeah, I’m hooked. I’ve been having one every day for breakfast.

    If you’re scared like me of tasting the leafy greens, I realized this: all the fruit and stuff you put in this drink, the ratio of spinach to fruit/nuts/oats, is like 10/90, therefore, the fruity-ness completely takes over the entire taste. It tastes like a REGULAR smoothie. This is so deceiving and I love it. If I had a kid, I’d force him/her to drink it cause it’s good nutrition. I don’t care if the green scares them, I’d be like “it’s sweet and it’s green because Big Bird says G is for Green which means good for you,” surely that’ll work, right?

    You can literally throw anything in this smoothie. I’m going to start throwing flax seeds & oats in them so the protein and fiber will keep me fuller for longer. I know some people use peanut butter and other nut butters, which you can do too, but I haven’t tried that yet.

    Be green. Drink a green monster and be invincible! Ok, those aren’t accurate claims, but you’ll feel better about yourself :)

    Green Monster Smoothie

    A great way to sneak greens into your smoothie - and you can't even taste it!
    Prep Time: 2 mins
    Total Time: 2 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 2
    Calories: 145kcal
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    Ingredients

    • 2 cups frozen fruit (I used mixed fruit that included pineapples grapes, strawberries, mangos, and peaches)
    • 1 banana broken into pieces
    • 1 1/2 cup almond milk
    • Large handful of spinach

    Instructions

    • Throw everything in the blender and blend until a smooth consistency. If it gets stuck, turn it off, and use a spatula to break it up and start it again.

    Notes

    Like I mentioned, you may add oats or flax seeds to this for more protein and fiber. You can also add any type of nut or nut butter or use Greek yogurt.
    Nutrition Facts
    Green Monster Smoothie
    Amount Per Serving (1 smoothie)
    Calories 145 Calories from Fat 18
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 2g 3%
    Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
    Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
    Sugars 22g
    Protein 2g 4%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

     

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  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    You’re gonna make me do it aren’t you? It’s time for an intervention. Someone get the bacon!! ;) I’m totally scared of the green smoothie trend.

  • Kathryn says:

    I am quite scared of all these green smoothies although I’ve started having a cup of hot water & lemon first thing in the morning so I feel my conversion to smoothies isn’t far away… Thank you for the reassurance though that it doesn’t taste too green!

  • brandi says:

    they’re so good, right? i was scared at first too, but they’re so good.

    i’m having one for breakfast with almond milk, strawberries, cocoa, and spinach.

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

    Did you get a blender?! Now you need to make those margaritas, girl!

  • Sophie says:

    Do you think you can use a food processor instead of a blender to make this?

  • Ali @ Gimme Some Oven says:

    Lovvvvvve green smoothies! And love your cute green polka dots in the background! :)

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    i still haven’t tried a green smoothie because … they’re just so green! i love my pretty pink smoothies every morning but might have to try one of these soon. they’re popping up everywhere!

  • Carrie @ Kiss My Whisk says:

    Okay, okay…I might just have to try one of these out. Wish me luck!

  • Cassie says:

    Definitely not scared to try, in fact, I want to try these so badly but I don’t have a blender! Agh! I hope I win the KA one!! :)

  • Tracey says:

    I was totally scared of these at first too, but like you said, you really can’t taste the spinach at all! Mine is never as pretty as yours though since I add cocoa powder – it’s usually an ugly brown color :)

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says:

    What a funny name for a tasty looking smoothie!

  • Stephanie says:

    I tried a green smoothie not too long ago and it was pretty tasty! Thanks for your recipe!

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says:

    Julie- i LOVE green monsters. :) I usually freeze my banana chunks, which makes the smoothie SO thick – almost like a milkshake. My go-to is frozen bananas, frozen mangos, frozen strawberries, spinach, vanilla greek yogurt, and almond milk. I might have to try grapes sometime!

  • Jackie @ Domestic Fits says:

    This looks delicious :) I haven’t made one, but I think I may jump on the healthy green bandwagon soon!

  • Lynna says:

    i guess i have to try this! i was the same with you on trying the green smoothie, but since another blogger has claimed how delicious this drink is…i gotta have one!

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    I keep forgetting to try this lol! One of these days ;)

  • Sharon says:

    Some mornings I don’t want a sweet smoothie – so I mix spinach, V8 juice, buttermilk and Tabasco – it’s really quite yummy!

    • Sherri says:

      I LOVE the v8, spinach, buttermilk and tabasco!

  • Erin says:

    I am so in love with green monster smoothies!

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

    Mmm, I have a green smoothie just about every day. Loooove them!

  • Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry says:

    I totally love the green juice! (I juice my fruits and veggies instead of doing smoothies…just as good!) But this smoothie sounds totally good with the almond milk! Yum!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    You know I trust you 110% so I will definitely try this out, despite my fear of green smoothies!

  • Mackenzie @SusieFreakingHomemaker says:

    I absolutely love this!! I always add spinach, but I never use almond milk – I’m going to try your version!!

  • Lauren @ Sweet Splendor says:

    I love this post! Smoothies are one of my favorite things to make

  • Mercedes says:

    I love green smoothies! They make me feel so good about myself! And you’re right the fruit overtakes the spinach and so the flavor is just like any fruity smoothie!

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says:

    Look at you going to town with smoothies, now that you have a blender! I am still nervous, but I will have to give it a try sometime!

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    I’m so not very “granola” however, I love a cold green smoothie. With a side of chocolate chip cookies.

  • Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake says:

    So glad you finally tried them! I was skeptical at first too, but they are actually good!:)

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says:

    Mmm.. love a good green monster smoothie :)

  • Brittany says:

    Love green smoothies!! Next up, try kale instead of the spinach.

  • Chineka says:

    Never tried these smoothies before, but I want to try one with a lot of apples and pears so that it will taste like apple juice..lol. Great post and thanks for sharing.

  • Alanna says:

    Oh man, these look amazing, refreshing, healthy. Definitely gonna try ’em! Thanks for the inspiration. Found you on NoshOnIt, and am looking forward to reading more. :)

  • Stephanie says:

    I started making smoothies this year (ha, only for the past few days!) too. Totally can’t tell there is spinach or lettuce in my drink!

    Oh, I make the little one try it because it’s green like The Incredible Hulk. =)

  • Courtney Wells says:

    I too, have jumped aboard the Green Machine Express! I tried one this morning and fed it to my 5 kiddos. They were very scared and I threatened to take away Smoothie King….and that was a wrap! All love it and that made me so happy. Oh, I love it too. The real test, sad as it may seem will be my hubby.

  • Susan says:

    Can you use frozen spinach instead of fresh ??

    • Julie says:

      I guess if you’re in a bind, you could, but I personally wouldn’t because there’d be a lot more liquid content unless you thawed it out & squeezed out the water.

  • Vicky says:

    If the color is your main issue, use a lidded take-out cup and a straw. Honestly, you can’t taste the “green”, whether spinach or kale or another green vegetable.

  • BOB says:

    I’VE BEEN DRINKING THE GREEN MONSTER INPLACE OF DINNER FOR OVER A MONTHAND A HALF.I PUT KALE,SPINACH,CARROTS,CELERY AND A BANANA.I HAVE LOST 24LBS NO BREAD NO SODAS.

  • Andrea says:

    Tried this recipe right away as soon as I saw it. My blender just broke, but I had a brand new food processor just sitting around, still in the box! I noticed this Hamilton Beach food processor has a built-in spatula that automatically scrapes the sides-Bonus!
    I used that and threw in my favorite protein powder, fresh pineapple, frozen strawberries, almond milk, and a large handful of spinach. I left out the banana. It was delicious and actually pretty pink. I think I will add some kale next time.

  • Anna says:

    I like simple smoothies. Just pinned it.

  • Nancy says:

    Hi! Don’t fear the Green Smoothie!!! It’s refreshing, filling, EVER so good for you & DELICIOUS! I add cayenne pepper – just a smidgen- to mine for additional fat burning properties and sometimes a spritz of lemon or lime juice for tartness. Yum!

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