Sunday, April 4, 2010

Green Monster

I know I have a lot of healthy and active readers so I felt this would be the best place to ask this question since I have been looking around the interwebs and still have questions. I want to make my first green monster in the morning, but I am trying to figure out what I should put in, and what would mix well. If not a green monster tomorrow, I am definitely in the mood to start my morning a couple days this week with a yummy smoothie.

I do not have spinach in the house, well I have frozen spinach, I should say. I have cabbage and lettuce. In other ingredients I have peanut butter, milk, yogurt, bananas, cantaloupe, frozen strawberries and fresh, frozen mango, celery, carrots, hmmm.. I think that is probably about it in terms of smoothie ingredients.. But I may be mistaken.

With having those limited options in mind.. what would you suggest? I am up for multiple choices since there are lots of days in the week to try new recipes! Is spinach a must, or can I use lettuce? What are your favorite ingredients to include in your smoothies/green monsters?

The hubby and I are in a eat healthier and get moving kick and I really don't even think a green monster will appeal to him, but I may be mistaken! I am currently hard-boiling eggs to use as protein in my salad line up for the week. Which also brings up, what are your favorite salad ingredients? At the store this week I stocked up on, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, celery, onions, radishes, strawberries (love them in salads!) orange peppers, sweet peas and I think that may be it.. Can't wait for our asparagus to come in!

Give me your salad suggestions.. They seem to be my best bet for lunches everyday and I like to change them up day to day so I don't eat the SAME salad/thing every day.

Thanks in advance.. I can't wait to hear all the ideas and will try to photograph my concoctions to share with you all.. after of course I go through my trip photos and videos eesh.. Anyone else put that stuff off and off cuz you know how much time it is going to take??


Kelly said...

Can't wait to see trip pictures :)

I make my green monsters with a banana (I usually freeze mine first, but I don't think you have to), frozen mango and some spinach. I don't know if you can use lettuce or not but I've definitely used frozen spinach and it has worked fine. I would say I use a little over a cup of frozen mango and then I use only about 1/4 of spinach, but my stomach does not love spinach so thats why I am conservative with it, you could probably use more. I know a lot of people put strawberries in theirs so you could probably do that too. I just enjoy my mango and banana combination :)

I am not a salad girl though, so I can't help you on that one.

I did read Spooky Girl this weekend and loved it. I'll be passing it on Tuesday afternoon :)

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

@ Kelly.. Awesome, thanks for the heads up! I may have to break into the frozen spinach. I think tomorrow I will attempt the mango/banana mix.

Can't wait to hear your thoughts on Spooky Little Girl!

Amber said...

YES - use frozen spinach!! I buy HUGE bags of spinach and then freeze most of it! I make my green monsters with lots of different combos but this is my absolute favourite:

1/2 banana
handful of chopped strawberries
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
Lots and lots of spinach - like 3 or 4 handfuls
1 scoop of PB
1-3 ice cubes


I would NOT use lettuce or cabbage though. I have used KALE before in G.M. but I think spinach is your best bet!

Can't wait to hear what you think of it!

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

@ Amber.. thanks for the suggestion! I will use the frozen spinach tomorrow thanks for the heads up.. i may also throw in a scoop of pb cuz i want to make sure i stay full!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I have never made a green monster either but everyone raves about them. I don't have a blender, though, so it's not an option for me. I have contemplated buying one but I am trying so hard to be frugral right now... anxious to hear what you think of the green monster!

Salads are one of my favorite things to take to work. I really like doing taco salads. So I top mine with some taco meat and then tomatoes, corn, peppers, and some kind of bean - either kidney or black bean or something like that. Not sure if you like beans or not, but they are filling and a great source of protein. I also really like avocados - usually slice up half an avocado on a salad and that is another topping that is filling and sticks with you for awhile. I like taco salads since you can use salsa for dressing and then it's low calorie.

interested to see what you come up with!!