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! 🙂