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(Spinach) Smoothie

About a year ago, I started seeing “Green Monsters” (aka Spinach Smoothies) circulating in the blog world.  I know – how bizarre, right? Why on earth would anyone in their right mind want to add spinach to their smoothie?!?!  I didn’t get it.  I was skeptical.  I love spinach as much as the next girl, but I can’t say I understood this obsession.

And then … curiousity got the better of me and I tried it.  I added a huge handful of spinach to my smoothie one morning, and even though I was fully prepared to spit out the first mouthful I was pleasantly surprised to realize that I couldn’t taste the spinach.  At all. Once I got over the colour, I didn’t even notice the difference between my regular smoothies.  Did this mean I could get in some greens before I’d even fully woken up?!?! Amazing!

Here is the “recipe” for the standard Green Monster:

2 c spinach

1 – 1 1/4 c milk

1 TBSP flax

1 banana (frozen, cut in chunks)

ice

I’m sure this is good but since I don’t like banana’s and since I can never do anything exactly as its written, here is my take on a traditional Green Monster:

Baby spinach, milk, plain yogurt, frozen berries, mango juice (I don’t usually use this, I just had it in my fridge so I thought I’d include it in the party)

Oops – looks like I forgot the flax.  Oh well.

Everyone know’s how to make smoothies, right?

Throw some berries in the blender…

I call this photo “The Berry Vortex”. It’s my new screensaver.

Add some spinach – a few handfuls should be good. Don’t be scared!

A traditional Green Monster doesn’t have yogurt in it, but to me a smoothie without yogurt is like a beach without sand.  Follow my lead and add some, ok?

Then add some milk, and juice if you feel so inclined.

Blend the whole thing up really well…

…and then pour into the largest (tinted) bottle you can find!  Don’t forget the straw, ok?

Hope you enjoy as much as I do!

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