So one day I got up my courage to give it a try. I must admit, much better than I anticipated. I was pleasantly surprised. Here are some things I noted:
1. It looks much worse than it tastes.
2. If you closed your eyes to drink it, you might get past the mental aspect that it was green.
3. I really only tasted the banana and peanut butter in it.
Not bad for a first run. I decided it probably wasn't something I would fix every day, but I figured I could manage to work it into my menu once a week or so. But I thought I might have some room for improvement. So this week I tried again with a few minor modifications. Here are my tips:
- Make it sweeter - the original wasn't quite sweet enough for my taste, so I added about a teaspoon of Splenda. Much better!
- You can add other fruit - I also added some frozen strawberries that I had in the freezer.
- Freeze the fruit! It was in adding the strawberries that I realized that I had missed something important....I hadn't frozen the bananas like the recipe said to do. I realized that the frozen fruit made for a cooler temperature and therefore a more enjoyable drinking experience.
So I hope this is one you will enjoy. You will have to let me know what you think.
Green Monster Spinach Smoothie
First add 1 sliced frozen banana, and 1 Tablespoon peanut butter in a blender. Tip: PEEL and SLICE your bananas before you freeze them, or you’ll be sorry!
Next add bulking agents for staying power, like protein-packed vanilla Greek yogurt, and creamy unsweetened vanilla almond milk. You could use any kind of milk you want – cow’s, rice, soy, etc.
Fill the blender the rest of the way up with baby spinach. I reckon I fit about 4 cups in there today!
Start the blender on “high blend” until everything’s mixed up, then switch it over to “liquify” to get the Green Monster velvety smooth.
1 frozen sliced banana
1 Tablespoon peanut butter (I like to use PB2 - it reduces the calories from 105 to 22...savings of 83 calories!)
1/2 cup 0% Vanilla Chobani Greek yogurt
1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze (or other kind of milk)
4 cups baby spinach (or more, or less)
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
350 calories (267 if you use PB2), 10g fiber, 21g protein