8 Apr

Smoothies really are a wonderful thing. They are smooth and refreshing, and can taste totally yummy but be full of all the healthy stuff you don’t want to eat on its own! I love a good smoothie for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Because why not?

One of my favourites is a variation of the Green Monster. I call it my Shrek smoothie 🙂

Here is the low-down:

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Start by adding 1 banana (you could also use other fruit – berries, mango, pomegranate, but I find bananas are the best in smoothies)

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Add 1 tablespoon almond butter (can also use peanut or cashew butter)

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Add a tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt (flavoured yogurt has a lot of added sugar)

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I will sometimes add a 1/2 serving of protein or all-in-one powder. There is already a lot of protein in this smoothie with the yogurt and almond butter, but you can some if you are extra hungry or after a workout. I like VEGA One all-in-one powder in vanilla chai or chocolate, (although I don’t recommend the chocolate for this particular smoothie).

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You can use almost any juice or milk in this smoothie, so I will mix it up between no-sugar added coconut water (great for hydration), orange juice, or almond milk. You don’t need a lot…maybe 1/4 cup tops.

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Skinny B is a “cereal” that has claimed its fame on the Canadian TV Show “Dragon’s Den”. It is gluten-free, lactose-free, vegan blend of chia seeds, organic hemp hearts, and buckwheat. These ingredients are full of nutritional benefits including omega 3’s, calcium, fiber, protein, and iron. I typically take a teaspoon of this cereal and add it when making a smoothie. This “cereal” is also great as a topping on yogurt; or mixed in with quinoa, honey, and fruit. Don’t let it’s higher price tag fool ya – this $9.99 bag goes a long way!

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And of course, last but not least….Popeye’s favourite….SPINACH! What would a Green Monster be without this lovely stuff? Spinach is low-cal but bursting with calcium…in some places I have even seen experts consider it a super food. I usually fill the rest of my blender with spinach…around 3-4 cups probably. Don’t be afraid…pile it in!

If you like your smoothies a little on the thick side, add a few ice cubes before you press play.

The finished product is a yummy green mixture full of healthy benefits to start, finish, or keep your day going! So drink up my friends…Cheers!

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Green Monster – Don’t let the colour deceive you!


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