I've joined the blog bandwagon and tried making and drinking Green Monster Smoothies. (Read about the movement here.)
After reading a bunch of blogs in which people rave about spinach-filled smoothies, I just had to try them for myself.
Once I got over the gagging and dry heaving at just the thought of spinach mixed with milk and bananas, I was able to steel myself and toss all the ingredients into my rocket blender.
My first attempt was just so-so. My mix of frozen blueberries, a banana, 2 handfuls of spinach, and 1/2 cup of vanilla unsweetened almond milk wasn't awful.
Miraculously, the spinach flavor was masked by the fruit, as promised by other bloggers, but the smoothie definitely had a "green" aftertaste to it. You know how you get that green taste in your mouth after mowing the lawn? It tastes like that.
After gulping down half the smoothie, I held my nose for the rest of it and then chased it with M&Ms... probably negating all benefits of the smoothie.
On my second attempt, I added a slice of frozen mango and half a scoop of vanilla protein powder. Bingo! The green taste was totally gone and the smoothie actually tasted good thanks to the added sugar from the mango and the creaminess from the powder.
I'm going to try incorporating green monster smoothies into my diet a few times per week. Don't be scared of the Monster. Try it for yourself:
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or whatever you have on hand)
2 handfuls spinach
1 banana (room temp, partially frozen, or frozen chopped pieces)
1 small handful frozen blueberries (or whatever you might have in the freezer)
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
Frozen mango pieces, or other fruits
honey (to sweeten)
Throw everything into a blender and give it a good whirl until everything finely blended.