But it's friendly! Originally inspired by Angela's green monster movement, I started making green smoothies as my post-workout meal a few months ago. And I am hooked! Not only are they delicious, you just feel healthy when you're having one. And maybe it's coincidence, but my skin has looked way better ever since I started drinking these.
Dark, leafy greens are a healthy habit all by themselves, but combine them with the other powerful ingredients in this smoothie, and you have a hugely healthy habit in a glass. You can browse the green monster website for tons of ideas about how to personalize your smoothie for any time of day, but the recipe below is really meant to help refuel and recover after exercising.
The banana provides sugar, so your body gets the instant fuel it craves after it's been working hard. Protein powder provides the vital amino acids that your muscles need to rebuild and get stronger. Salt replenishes your electrolytes.
The spinach is good for you all the time, any time. Dark, leafy greens are loaded with vitamins, iron and calcium, especially important for those of us eating less meat. Green monster smoothies are also great with kale. I like to use the frozen stuff so I don't have to worry about it going bad.
P.S. This recipe tastes eerily similar to pumpkin ice cream. Really and truly. You would not believe something so healthy could taste so good.
Green Pumpkin Monster Smoothie
1 cup frozen spinach
1 very ripe frozen banana
1 scoop unsweetened protein powder (I used whey, but will update on taste when I've switched to plant-based)
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup non-dairy milk
10 drops liquid stevia (Don't use if your protein is sweetened, or use other sweetener, to taste)
a liberal dash of salt
a liberal dash of cinnamon
a liberal dash of nutmeg
a conservative dash of ground cloves
a conservative dash of ginger
Combine all in your blender and blend on high until very smooth. (Trust me, you'll want to make sure there are no spinach clumps.) Makes one very generous serving.
You can also replace the pumpkin and spices with a couple of tablespoons of cocoa powder. This makes a delicious Green-Brown Monster!