Been a while since I did a GVE! I finally decided to try the spinach smoothie that I have seen on any number of blogs lately in various incarnations! * I searched for recipes online, and made the mistake of putting in ‘green monster’ in the search engine. I got all kinds of alcoholic drinks, which is fine – but none included spinach LOL!
I was a bit nervous, but then I read a lot that they just mostly tasted fruity (if that was the majority of your base). So – here is my blender:
– 2 cups of spinach leaves (or so – the blender was about 3/4 full, but the rest of the ingredients mushed the leaves down)
– 1 cup strawberries
– 1 very, very ripe banana (80 grams)
– 15 grams of PB2
– 15 grams of strawberry protein powder
– 1 cup of water.
Buzzed it up and got not quite a green drink, a little weird looking
Tasty, though – I have to say. It tasted like a strawberry banana smoothie. Plus I got lots of the wonderful qualities of spinach like iron, folate, vitamin A, vitamin K, and magnesium!
The whole smoothie was around 250 calories, which is good. My only problem is that I like to have a solid, chewable lunch – so this drink got sucked down pretty quick! I wonder how this would be as a preworkout/postworkout recovery?
Lots of further options to explore with this, like yogurt, different fruits, different add ins.
So, I encourage you all to give this a try and get in 3-4 servings of fruit and veggies in one drink!