Almost As Good As Red Wine

Sounds scary right (and looks a little scary too)?

As you know I’m always on the hunt for tasty, nutritious, healthy nom noms that fit into my very active, vegetarian lifestyle, this smoothie is one of my favorite finds. Now I know this little monster doesn’t look THAT appealing, trust me, I was super skeptical too, I mean who really wants to drink something that resembles a blended up combination of Shrek and Mike Wazowski, but the health benefits outweighed my negative thoughts and inner gag reflex, so I gave it a try.

The formula: Spinach, banana, blueberries, chia seeds, almond milk and ice, give it a whirl in the blender and pour into a fancy glass (EVERYTHING tastes better in a fancy glass).

The first morning I made this it took me a little courage to actually put the glass up to my mouth, I even debated doing the kid-like move of plugging my nose and gulping it down…but what’s the point, if I don’t like the taste of it, I’m not going to want to make it again. So here we go, moment of truth, I hesitantly raise the glass of the thick, green, swamp-thing mixture up to my mouth and I’m pleasantly surprised; The Green Monster tastes delightful, yummy even!

The Green Monster is now a regular part of my morning, especially when I’m training. The benefits of downing one of these a day is ridiculous! Chia seeds are the richest plant-sourced Omega-3’s, which works great for vegetarian and vegan diets, on top of that this smoothie is packed full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber. I challenge you to give it a try, just once…but I promise, you’ll be hooked after your first sip!

Below you’ll find the basic recipe that I use and here is the link to where I first discovered the Green Monster Movement. Enjoy!

xoxo, MLL

Basic Green Monster Recipe

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 cups baby organic spinach

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 banana

1/2 cup frozen bluberries

*Blend ingredients until nice and smooth, then add a few ice cubes and blend again. You can use any kind of milk, I just prefer the unsweetened almond milk. Flax can be used as an alternative to chia seeds. When I’m training I add a scoop of my protein powder.*

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