Green Monster 101

Hi! A friend asked me to do a step by step “How To” on making a Green Monster with photos so they could see the process. I have been experimenting for about a week now, and this is the way that I’ve found it works best.

You start by getting everything together that you want to use.

My current favorite combination includes:

  • 1 cup Silk light soy milk
  • 1 large banana
  • 4-5 frozen strawberries
  • ~1/2 cup frozen pineapple tidbits
  • 2-3 cups spinach
  • ~1/2 cup ice cubes

You can easily change it around by using any other kind of  milk or fruit combination, but you always want to have something green. I’ve heard of people using kale instead of spinach, but have heard that the kale stays a little “chewy” in the GM even after being blended up, so I’m gonna hold off on that for now. Also, I’ve heard of people steaming the spinach first to release more nutrients, but I just use it raw. You also don’t have to use ice cubes, especially if your banana is frozen.

After getting everything out, I put the milk, banana, strawberries, and pineapple in the blender

And blend that together first to smoothie-like consistency.

Once the milk and fruit are blended together, I add the raw spinach. I use a lot of spinach (around 2-3 cups raw)

Then I use a wooden spoon to mix the spinach into the smoothie

Then I turn on the blender and let it do it’s job!

You see how there’s still green bits in there? I leave the blender on until all those green bits are gone and also add the ice at this point if I want it thicker.  It takes about a minute of blending to get all the ice and spinach broken up and it should look something like this when its done:

And then comes the best part, pouring it in the glass…

And drinking it!

Now I know some people probably use a slightly different process than that, but that’s just what I’ve found works best through experimenting. And, those of you who haven’t yet jumped on the Green Monster Bandwagon, I promise you they are delicious! You can’t even taste the spinach in them at all even though you use so much. You pack in a ton of fruit and veggie servings and its a great energy boost. Don’t slam it til you try it! :)

Enjoy!!



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27 Comments on Green Monster 101

  1. Lindsey
    March 20, 2010 at 2:17 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Beth,

    I saw this posted on the WW Message Boards and would like to try it. I am curious though about how much milk, pineapple, and strawberries you use? I’m assuming that you don’t measure everything exact, but can you give me an estimate? Thanks so much!

    Lindsey

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    • Beth
      March 20, 2010 at 2:19 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi Lindsey – I use 1 cub of milk, 4-5 frozen strawberries, and about 1/3 – 1/2 a cup of frozen pineapple tidbits. I’ll actually put the measurements up on this post now that you brought that up. Enjoy!

      Reply
  2. Robyn
    March 21, 2010 at 2:24 am (4 years ago)

    I was hesitant at first but now I’m obsessed with green monsters! Who would’ve thought a spinach drink could be so tasty!

    Reply
  3. Michelle
    March 21, 2010 at 5:37 am (4 years ago)

    Drinking my first one right now! It’s SO delish. Strawberries and mango.. Thanks for posting the directions. I was hesitant to try before this spelled it out for me! (Found you through WW boards. :))

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    • Beth
      March 21, 2010 at 5:48 am (4 years ago)

      They’re addictive!! Glad you enjoyed the post.

      Reply
  4. peachyplum
    August 11, 2010 at 1:53 pm (4 years ago)

    Just found your blog as a recommended read on my Google reader. Look forward to following, especially bc we’re both DMV residents. Way to go on taking a hold of your life and accomplishing your goals :)

    Reply
  5. Ginny
    August 18, 2010 at 5:06 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Beth,

    Just discovered your blog tonight while reading ELR. I am a huge believer in the Green Monster as well. I have one everyday and can totally feel the difference if I’m traveling and miss one. Yesterday I tried adding Amazing Grass Chocolate Super Food (amazinggrass.com) and it is amazing!! It really ups the nutritional value of the GM & tastes great too. My favorite recipe is a blender full of spinach, 1/2 Cf rozen strawberries, 1 T peanut butter, 1 C almond milk, splash of OJ & now amazing grass. Delicious!!!

    Best,
    Ginny

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  6. sarah
    June 19, 2011 at 11:48 am (3 years ago)

    I can’t wait to try this! I am wondering what the serving size in and if you know how many calories are in a serving?

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  7. Holly hooper
    February 1, 2012 at 1:46 am (3 years ago)

    How many points do you get for green monster?!

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  8. Michael
    February 21, 2012 at 12:26 pm (3 years ago)

    I’ve been avoiding this like the plague but seeing that you put pineapple in it I think this could abate even the slightest spinach tatste. However, as I write that i realize that I eat spinach salads and don’t taste the leaves. GM here I come!

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  9. Michael
    February 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm (3 years ago)

    Also, does this store well in the fridge if I make, say, a blender full?

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    • Beth
      February 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Michael! To be honest, I’m not sure how well it will store since I’ve never tried it, but I imagine it might lose a little of the thickness since the fruit would melt if you kept it in the fridge. Let me know how it works out if you do try it though!

      Reply
  10. Nicole
    June 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm (2 years ago)

    Hey Beth, I just wanted to say I love looking through your recipes!! If you love making these kinds of smoothies, might I suggest buying a Vitamix? I LOVE my Vitamix, and I do the same thing, blend tons of fruits in with spinach and it’s super-smooth! I also add a half-cup of greek yogurt sometimes for extra protein. There are endless possibilities!

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    • Beth
      June 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm (2 years ago)

      Hey Nicole! I want a VITAMIX soooooooooo bad, but they are so expensive! I might do it as a treat to myself at some point, but not yet!

      Reply
  11. Jean
    September 24, 2012 at 8:01 am (2 years ago)

    I am a huge fan of the GM and have experimented a lot with different greens, kale, definitely not the best one (unless you grow it yourself and overplant it and it never gets very big… but that’s another story), but chard works really well – very blendy, and my personal fave… beet greens. You know when you buy beets in a bunch and they have the big huge tops that you usually throw out?? Throw ‘em in the smoothie instead. It is more of a purple/green monster, but way less messy than regular beet cooking.

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    • Beth
      September 24, 2012 at 8:52 am (2 years ago)

      Ohh thanks for the tip! I do almost always throw those away – what a great idea!

      Reply
  12. Manija
    March 4, 2013 at 12:21 am (1 year ago)

    Hi Beth-

    I love your site btw (I’m new & on day 5 of watching what I eat). I tried your green monstor but even after letting the spinach blend–there were still bits of spinach in my blender which made it VERY bitter the more I drank it. Any suggestions? I use a Ninja blender.

    Thanks!

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    • Beth
      March 4, 2013 at 10:14 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Manija! Do you think maybe you’re using too much spinach? Maybe not enough sweetness to balance it out? I find if I don’t use a banana, it doesn’t balance it out enough. I’ve never used a ninja before, so it may also be your blender. Recently I’ve been using frozen chopped spinach in my smoothies and that has been working really well.

      Reply
  13. Sarah
    March 9, 2013 at 8:34 pm (1 year ago)

    Just starting my post-baby WW journey. This looks like an easy one-handed, holding-a-baby-while-eating type of idea. How many WW points are in this recipe?

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  14. Jean
    March 11, 2013 at 12:45 pm (1 year ago)

    Sarah – the points plus only come from the soy milk, which is going to depend on the brand and type you use (light, unsweetened, etc), but the fruit and spinach are all 0! Roughly 3 points for the milk. When I make these I put in half a cup of fat free greek yogurt and then use water for the liquid, which puts it in at 2 points. That way I get some protein in it too.

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    • Beth
      March 11, 2013 at 2:34 pm (1 year ago)

      Love the idea of adding greek yogurt too!

      Reply
  15. Becky Gallegos
    March 21, 2013 at 11:30 pm (1 year ago)

    Tried it- was super good! Could not taste the spinach at all! Thanks so much!

    Reply

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