Monster Variations

standard August 5, 2012 Leave a response

Green monsters are a staple in my diet. Every post-run meal involves one, and the more I drink them, the more my body craves them. So much goodness packed into one glass!

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how I make these shakes, so I’ve put together a few of my favorite variations. A traditional green monster includes spinach, or other greens, frozen banana, and non-dairy milk. From there you can add a variety of fruits, veggies, protein, and other goodies. I always add protein to make a complete post-workout meal. And as a bonus, the protein powder I use is also high in most vitamins, minerals, probiotics, and greens for optimal health (key for those on a plant-based diet).

Stephanie’s Classic Green Monster

Serves 1.

Ingredients:

  • 1 c almond milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder (I like Vega One or Vega Sport)
  • 1 c ice
  • 2 c kale, rinsed and torn off the stem
  • 1/2 frozen banana

Steps:

  1. Layer ingredients in order in a blender. Blend until smooth, usually about 2 minutes. Enjoy!

I’ve learned that by layering the ingredients in the above order, the blender can process the kale quickly and smoothly. This is especially beneficial, considering I have a Cuisinart that sounds like it’s on its last leg every time I use it. You really want to make sure the fibrous kale is smooth, or you’re going to have a funky drink.

Alternatives:

  • Swap almond milk for any non-dairy milk (soy or hemp are good)
  • Swap kale for spinach, romaine, or swiss chard
  • Swap 1/2 c of ice for 1/2 frozen fruit
  • Add raw oats to bulk up the carbohydrates
  • Add peanut butter to thicken and add more protein
  • Add chia or flax seeds to thicken and add healthy fat

If you have plain protein powder, your choice of add-ins is unlimited. I usually try to keep it simple, but sometimes its nice to mix things up, since I drink one every day. Here are two of my favorite summertime variations:

Berry-Watermelon Green Monster

Inspired by this delicious recipe.

Serves 1.

Ingredients:

  • 1 c almond milk
  • 1 scoop berry Vega Sport protein powder
  • 1 c spinach
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 c frozen watermelon

Steps:

  1. Layer ingredients in order in a blender, and blend until smooth. If too thick, add more almond milk or water to thin.

Blueberry-Chocolate Green Monster

Serves 1-2.

Ingredients:

  • 1 c almond milk
  • 1/2 c ice
  • 1 scoop chocolate Vega One nutritional shake
  • 1 T raw cocoa powder
  • 2 c kale
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 c fresh or frozen blueberries

Steps:

  1. Layer ingredients in order in a blender, and blend until smooth.

For more ideas, check out my strawberry-pineapple green monster or the Green Monster Movement. Enjoy!

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