I’ve been hearing about the Green Monster on tv, health magazines, allrecipes.com, and of course sprouting all over blogs. It seems like a natural step to take in my smoothie obsession. I wanted to understand more about this before I started throwing vegetables into the blender. So, I went to where it all originated, here, to find out more about the benefits behind the Green Monster craze and its ingredients. Here are some of my findings.
Many articles are claiming and swearing by the facts that the green monster is a quick and easy way to:
- smooth and clear skin exponentially (some claim “glowing” skin, yes please)
- decrease instances of acne
- increase energy levels
- speed up hair and nail growth
- encourage shinier, healthier hair
- cleanse body and improve digestion of fat
- improve immune system and overall health
Now that’s a lot of great benefits, and worth a try. Especially with my recent search for healthier, non-caffeine sources of energy, it definitely peaked my interest.
How to Make the Green Monster
Basic ingredients in a Green Monster:
- Spinach (1-2 handfuls): It just wouldn’t be a raw, fresh, green monster smoothie without one of these two ingredients, and it wouldn’t be green… kale is also a possible substitute.
- Banana (1 whole, peeled, frozen banana): To add body, potassium, and creaminess to the smoothi
- Yogurt or Milk: Greek yogurt is ideal, for the creaminess, the lactobacillus, and the protein.
- Common additives:
- Coconut Oil (1-1/2 Tbsp): For the heart-healthy, metabolism-boosting, skin-softening fats
- Spirulina powder(1 Tbsp): For the detoxing vitamins and minerals, protein
- Ground Flax powder (1Tbsp): high fiber, and improved digestion of fat
Other Things You Can Add:
- Fruits of any shape, taste or size (strawberries, blueberries, peaches, etc)
- Milk (cow, almond, coconut, rice, almond, etc.)
- coffee, tea, any type of juice
- Peanut butter
- Honey, agave, or any other sweeteners
- Wheatgrass, Kale, or any other type of healthy green powdered veggie/grass
- Ground flax seeds, hemp hearts, maca powder, chia seeds
- Veggies of any shape, taste, or size
- Flavorings like vanilla extract, orange extract, molasses
- Cinnamon, pumpkin spice
- Cocoa powder
- The kitchen sink
How I made my first Green Monster:
It’s so delicious, you would never know there’s spinach in there! Now I must go relax and wait for my skin to glow and my hair to shine 🙂
Have you ever tried the Green Monster? What ingredients do you put in yours?