So this smoothie really isn’t much to look at, but its humble looks are deceiving. This is a speedy, satisfying, and healthy drink that is perfect for a weekday morning breakfast, snack, or post workout treat. Just 3 or 4 ingredients, a quick whirl in the blender, and bam, done. You could totally customize this to your liking- swap in peanut butter for the almond butter, use coconut milk (or other milk of your choosing) for the almond milk, add a handful of spinach, add a dash of cinnamon, the possibilities are endless!
1 banana, broken into 3-4 chunks, frozen
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 Tbsp almond butter
1/8 tsp almond extract (optional)
1. Place all ingredients in the blender, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
Source: Bon Appetit
Did you know that the term Green Monster was coined by Angela over at Oh She Glows? I didn’t know that until this week when I was researching different Green Monster smoothie-type drinks. I’ve been reading Oh She Glows for a while, and I found this news to be very exciting! It’s the small things that excite me- Dunkin’ Donuts, a good burger, a basket of kittens, you know, the usual!
I’ve been very curious about these green drinks for a while, and because I’m really working on sticking to my New Year’s resolutions of eating well, and exercising, I figured it was the perfect time to try one of these out. I am so happy to say that I loved my green monster. There are a lot of variations of this smoothie, and I’m sure that I’ll be experimenting with them frequently, but my very first try was awesome! You can really barely taste the spinach- I think there is a very slight hint of something green, but except for the green color, I think you’d be hard-pressed to pinpoint it if you didn’t know what was in this. Me? I don’t mind the green color at all- after all, it is my favorite color.
Green Monster Spinach Smoothie
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup 0% vanilla Greek yogurt
1 banana, sliced, and preferably frozen
1 tbsp peanut butter
2-4 cups baby spinach
Ice, optional (I use about 3 ice cubes in mine)
1. Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.
2. Drink your greens 🙂
Source: Iowa Girl Eats and Oh She Glows