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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Berries, Yogurt... and spinach?

My Green Monster:

I braved my first green monster today! I first heard of green monsters a while back from Jen, A Prior Fat Girl. Than I started seeing them everywhere! So, I had to try it! 

I gathered all my ingredients into the blender:

1 cup fresh strawberries, 1 cup fresh blueberries, 1 cup fresh blackberries, 1/2 cup non-fat greek yogurt,  1/4 cup honey, and THREE CUPS of spinach

WHOA....that's a lot of spinach...
Then, I blended, and blended, and stirred and blended (and added ice cubes).  

TADAA:


Hey, umm...aren't these supposed to be green?
Sigh...my green monster was not green, but it WAS delicious - and full of all the good stuff spinach has is it (not to mention the berries!). 

Seriously - I know there are some of you out there (Carrie) who are shaking your heads and squinting your faces up at the idea of spinach in a smoothie...but I PROMISE...no spinach tasted AT ALL! Next time I will use less honey, though, 1/4 cup is way too much!

I plugged all the nutritional info into 411fit.com (thanks to Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life for the recommendation of this site - I love it!), and here's what we have:

Edit (I corrected the stats! Thanks Val!)
461.62 Calories, 105.85 carbs, 2.02 grams of fat, 18.58 grams of protein, and 121.72mg of sodium

Pretty good (I think) - except I definitely need more protein to start my day. 

Can anyone recommend a way to get protein into my monsters (oh crap - I sound like Lady GaGa)? I'd like to stay away from protein powder. I was pondering putting in a hard boiled egg. Do you think I would be able to taste the egg?

For tomorrow's Green Monster I'm going to try either Pineapple and Banana, or Banana and Peanut Butter (protein!). I'm thinking the light colored fruit will make the smoothie more green! I'm not sure why that's important to me. But it JUST is. 

Any other yummy ideas? 

What's YOUR favorite breakfast?

6 comments:

  1. I love berries in my smoothies and it always makes them turn out purple! I call them my purple monsters :)
    For added protein, add in some peanut butter or better yet, some Greek yogurt. Adding in 1 container of 0% Chobani can add 20 of protein- awesome!

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  2. Try peanut butter it is a awesome source of protein and would taste good in the shake

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  3. Mary Alane MarksJune 2, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Your pictures make me hungry...lol. Anywho, I think that you best bet is trying the peanut butter & banana like we talked about at work yesterday. Or maybe the Carnation Instant Breakfast too. Let me know what you think! :)

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  4. Purple Monsters...I like that!

    Thanks for the tip on the Chobani!

    I tried peanut butter...don't think I'm a fan!

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  5. Hey Martha Jane!! i love your blog, you are so genuin, and I can relate to all your topics! so i have a suggestion for adding protein to your smoothies and shakes, egg white powder, it has no tase, its safe,cheap and packed with protein!! I hope this helps :-)

    Ivon

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  6. Thank you, Ivon!

    I'm really glad that you like it! I will check out the egg white powder!!!

    :)

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