4 Wed, 2010 § 10 Comments
I have had such great responses after sharing one of my favorite cooling, summer delights [VOO Parfaits], I must share another one that is even more nourishing:
Do not be afraid. What exactly is a Green Monster? This is what Angela over at OhSheGlows deemed her green smoothies when she first started making them. It has caught on, because, well, it is simply fun to refer to that smoothie in your hand as a Monster. Try it. “Hey, would you like some of my Green Monster?” See? It’s fun. 😉
While Kale is my green of choice, many people opt for Spinach which has a milder flavor; I have even tried Radish Greens which was surprisingly quite delightful. Start small by adding just a little green to your smoothies, then gradually increase the amount. Next thing you know, you will be gulping down full-fledged Green Monsters. Once you amp up your monster with other flavors, the color will be the only reminder of the green nourishment — oh, & how great you feel! I like the “green” flavor though, so I keep mine simple.
Once you eliminate a lot of “unclean” foods from your diet & provide your body with nourishing whole foods, you will be amazed at how your tastes adjust to what your body actually needs to thrive. I crave Kale in the morning! Dave thinks this is nuts, but then again, he has never given it a chance. His poor body does not even know what it is missing. 😉
I LOVE my Magic Bullet &, because clean up is a breeze, I have been making some form of these regularly since I got it. Obviously, any blender will do though.
The trick to not “chewing” your smoothie? First add your washed & torn pieces of Kale to your blender with enough liquid to cover; blend until smooth. THEN add the rest of your ingredients. I once read if you freeze the pieces of Kale before pureeing it with liquid, it blends better. However, this was not the case for me; I get fewer chunks by using fresh, non-frozen greens.
My simple Green Monster:
- *Coconut Water [Most use almond or rice milk; I prefer electrolyte-rich coconut water as my pre/post activity replenishment. Use whatever you like best & matches your goals.]
- ½ – 1 Banana [I love banana with kale — fantastic!]
- *Hemp Protein Powder
- *Chia Seeds
- more liquid if needed
Blend to desired consistency.
I told you mine is simple. Lately I have been adding a couple fresh strawberries as well or fresh mango & raspberries. The fruit makes it sweet enough for me. Nourish your body & eventually you will not want all the fillers, sugar, empty calories, etc.
Now make it yours!
Experiment with other fruit — or even veggies! I think cucumber would be especially refreshing. Sometimes it is fun to add nut butter — even tahini is delicious & bumps up calcium content. What about ice? Maybe you like yogurt in yours? Amp it up with cinnamon. Go crazy!
Have I told you why I love these so much?
- It provides me with immense increases in energy.
- It reduces my cravings for sweets.
- It even nourishes my skin & hair.
- It is a great way to add more protein in my diet by using the hemp powder.
- It is refreshing in this summer heat.
- Just one more serving of vegetables to tack onto my day.
*Are you wondering why I use…
This is the clear liquid inside young [green] coconuts; as they mature, this water is replaced by coconut meat & air. Coconut water has long been a popular drink in the tropics — Dave & I were thrilled to sip it straight from the coconut, fresh from the trees while in Thailand — it is a natural isotonic beverage, with the same electrolytic balance as our blood. [source]
You mean, like Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!? Yep, those same little seeds that sprout to cover those crazy Chia Pets are actually chock full of nutritional value. Packed with calcium, fiber, Omega 3’s & 6’s, the seeds have a neutral taste & are great for athletes because they are highly hydrophilic [meaning they absorb large amounts of water, making them a great enhancer in hydrating our bodies]. You can even add a few seeds to your bottled water during workouts. Thanks for sharing these mom!
Quality — not quantity — is most important when talking protein. You will actually need to consume less protein if you choose high-quality [whole food] sources. Complete — containing all 10 essential amino acids — Hemp boosts the immune system, hastens recovery & balances pH with its abundance of chorophyll. Because hemp foods are raw, they maintain naturally high levels of vitamins, minerals…& enzymes which allow the body to absorb & digest it easily, utilizing its benefits with ease. Can I tell a difference? Yes, & I prefer the sweet, nutty taste to that of isolated [processed] soy & whey. [This is fairly condensed, but I could write an entire post on why Hemp is a superior protein source nutritionally & concerning its environmental impact if there is any interest ??]
I focus on keeping my Green Monsters simple & nutrient dense, but for those looking for a little more excitement or at least a few more ideas, check these out:
I am really excited to try Kathryn’s Breakfast Shake, sans Stevia [I am just not a fan. Sorry.]
Have you been making Green Monsters & not even realized it? What are your favorite blends?