It’s been over a week since we stuffed ourselves full at Thanksgiving and now the holiday baking season is well under way. While I love this time of year, I don’t always have the most well-balanced diet. When I am faced with deciding between a Christmas cookie or a piece of fruit for a snack, the cookie usually wins. The food is pretty rich this time of year and it’s nice to have a meal that can kick start your day without adding to your love chunks. Enter the green monster.
I heard about these smoothies about a year ago, but didn’t really pay much attention when I found out spinach was one of the main ingredients. It didn’t really sound all that appetizing to me until I saw the recipe on Annie’s Eats a few months ago. Annie is one of my favorite food bloggers and I knew if it was good enough to make her blog, it had to be pretty tasty. I finally ended up making it when I had a surplus of baby spinach leftover in the fridge. I must say- it is really good! I couldn’t taste the spinach at all and I was so thrilled that the drink has about 4 servings of fruit and vegetables per serving. You can really use any combination of fruit you prefer, I just used what I had on hand. Even Robert, my spinach-resistant husband, thought the green monster was deceptively good. That, my friends, is remarkable. 🙂
If you are searching for a healthy treat, especially in the midst of all the holiday goodies, look no further. The green monster is for you!
In other news, Kathy was the winner of the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day book. She was randomly selected through a random number generator. Thanks to those of you who entered. I will be doing a few more giveaways throughout the holiday season, so stay tuned!
Green Monster Smoothie
Yield: 2-3 smoothies
- 2 cups baby spinach, rinsed and dried
- 1 1/2 cups freshly-squeezed orange juice (or regular orange juice from the store)
- 1 cup chopped pineapple, frozen
- 1 cup strawberries, frozen
- 1 cup mango chunks, frozen
- 1 banana, chopped into pieces
- 2 Tbsp honey
Combine all ingredients in a blender puree until completely smooth. Drink up and go conquer the day!
Source: Adapted from Annie’s Eats