It’s Friday! I face the day with excitement and doom.
Excitement because after today I am on vacation for nine lovely days. Making them extra lovely is the fact that my sister and her kids are coming, with my mom, to spend the week here. (Granted, a little angst there,we have a small house, that’s a lot of extra people, I don’t really like children, it’s family…but mostly excitement.)
Doom because after today I am on vacation and the last day before vacation takes FOREVER to end! I know that the time from three to four will take at least five hours to go by.
To combat that feeling of doom I am making my favorite breakfast.
The Green Monster.
These smoothies were recently all the rage on Pinterest and I have seen them talked about across the internet.
When I first saw the ingredients for a green monster, I thought it sounded gross. I am forever trying to figure out ways to eat more veggies and I decided this smoothie would really make me feel healthier. The green monster is green because it has a little over a cup of spinach. In a blender. With other stuff. Now you see why I thought it sounded gross.
People who know me will know that I don’t like vegetables. I prefer Oreo’s, Culver’s ice cream, Oreo’s and ice cream. Yes, for breakfast. Or lunch or dinner for that matter. But, this green monster has shaken my resolve. As a matter of fact, I liked this breakfast so much that when we went to Mexico for a week in March I actually packed the ingredients (sans spinach) so I could continue to have my healthy delicious breakfast every day.
We bought the spinach in a Wal-Mart. A dirty Wal-Mart in Mexico. Where they wash their vegetables with water to rinse the dirt off before selling. Water that tourists have been warned not to drink. Heed the warning. Droplets get trapped in spinach leaves.
Bottom line? It was a bad idea. Suffice it to say that for about a month after returning my stomach could still not…well…stomach, the thought of a Green Monster.
I am delighted to report my stomach and I have forgotten the explosive reaction our body had to spinach in Mexico and the monsters are back on the menu. The beauty of this smoothie is you can change the entire recipe and add or subtract things you prefer because once you throw in some fruit and blend this puppy up you absolutely cannot taste the spinach! Really.
Teri’s Green Monster
(all measurements are haphazard)
1 Cup fresh spinach leaves
1 banana (peeled)
1 Tablespoon flaxseed
1 Honking Huge Tablespoon of peanut butter (see note below)
Place all ingredients in blender (put peanut butter on top, otherwise it sticks to the blades and they are a bear to clean).
Add Low Fat Vanilla Soy milk (good for peri-menopausal women). I think about a cup…I have a single serving blender and I fill it to about two inches below the top so I have room for the ice cubes.
Toss in a few ice cubes.
Blend the dickens out of it.
Drink and be healthy!
This is also delicious with a scoop of vanilla protein powder added.
I just have to say something about the peanut butter. I use Smucker’s All Natural CRUNCHY. I like the crunch in my smoothie. Yes, it separates and you have to stir it before you use it but it is so dang good! I often just have a huge, honking scoop of that stuff right off a spoon. When making my green monster I always leave a little on the spoon to enjoy as I blend. What a delightful morning.
Be brave and give this a try I’d love to start a green monster movement. And if you come up with a scrumptious recipe of your own be sure to share!