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Success: Paleo Green Monster

For quite some time in the  blog world, I have read about “Green Monsters.” For those of you unfamiliar with the Green Monster, it is not a superhero, but a smoothie made with spinach.  I tried making one of these spinach smoothies 2 years ago and definitely did not make it correctly because I tasted the spinach–not pleasant. As much as I try, I do not have Popeye’s proclivity to spinach.

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As a person that is all about healthy eating, I am always a fan of adding vegetables to my daily eats any way I can.  I always thought that the Green Monster would be a great way to accomplish this goal.

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When I saw Michelle from Our Dream, Made out of Real Things successfully make one that did NOT taste like spinach–I was motivated to give it a go and tweak it to be Paleo-friendly.

Here are the key players:

 

Bananas (I actually used frozen banana slices, but they are NOT photogenic), coconut milk, and almond milk.

 

Ground Cinnamon and Spinach.

 

I discovered that the secret is in the cinnamon–and lots of it! It completely masks the taste of the spinach. I would also like to add that I am a card-carrying member of the super taster club, so when I said that I could not taste the spinach I REALLY mean it!

 

I combined the following ingredients in these amounts:

1 1/2 frozen, chopped banana

1 cup (loosely packed) spinach

1/2 -1 tsp cinnamon

1 cup almond milk

1/3 cup coconut milk

1) Blend in a blender or food processor. Add more liquid if needed.

I like to serve mine with coconut butter drizzled on top. It bulks up the smoothie with a dose of healthy fat, which gives it extra staying power. Plus, a little coconut butter in each bite makes it taste extra delicious!

Today my schedule was a little wonky so I did not go running until noon.  After long-ish runs I am not very hungry, but I know that I need to refuel so this smoothie totally hit the spot! I am sure this will be extra delicious when the weather warms up!

 

Have you ever tried adding spinach to a smoothie? Would you try it?

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About paleorunnergirl

I am obsessed with cooking, running and reading! I teach American Literature at the college level, but enjoy books of all kind! After years of GI issues and being prescribed numerous medications, I found perfection in eating Paleo! I am no longer bloated, nauseous, or miserable on a daily basis. I have delved into creating Paleo recipe-making and embracing an active and playful life!

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  1. yum looks good!! i usually throw spinach in with a banana strawberry smoothie..i never taste it which is great hah. i think spinach is pretty easy in smoothies..ive never had a problem tasting it. yours looks yummy!

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    • I need to add strawberries next time! That sounds delish!

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    • THIS IS SOOO GOOD! I’m one of taste. and to be honest i thought i was wasting food by adding spinach because i wouldn’t like it. I started by adding a little. only tasted the banana and peanut butter. So i added A LOT and still JUST BANANA AND PEANUT BUTTER!! I add a splash of vanilla and some almond milk… DELICIOUS! thanks sooo much, you have no idea what a life saver you are! ( All the ingredients I have added to the smoothie are COMPLETELY organic)

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  2. Yumm! I’ve never heard of Almond Milk before- gosh, sometimes I hate living in Australia. There’s a reason we are the fattest nation in the world.

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  3. Spinach in smoothies is so good! My favorite combination is spinach, frozen cherries, banana, and almond or coconut milk depending on what I have on hand. I like the touch of cinnamon, too, but I always forget it! And can I make a confession? I really dislike the term “green monster” used for green smoothies…am I the only person that feels that way? Oh, and how dangerous is that jar of coconut butter? I definitely took a couple dips into mine today – ah-mazing! 🙂

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    • Sam, I totally agree, I think the name Green Monster is so strange! It sounds so ominous!

      I need to pick up some frozen cherries–yummo! Also, that coconut butter is HEAVEN! (and 100% dangerous!)!

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  4. Still too scared… haha.

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  5. I love the addition of the coconut-ness haha… that sounds odd but you know what I mean 🙂

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  6. LOVE the green monster- I can’t wait for some warmer weather so I can eat/drink one without shivering *all*day*long*! 🙂
    Coconut addition= so smart!

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  7. I love everything about this EXCEPT for the Cardinals mug. 😉

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  8. I make these all the time. another tip In order to not taste the spinach add strawberries (or any other fruit besides bananas). Or at least peanut butter/almond butter with the bananas. Also chia seeds are good for added nutrition and plumping the smoothie up!

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    • I need to add almond butter next time–I have never added nut butter to a smoothie! It would be yummy with the banana! Also, I totally have chia seeds and should have thrown some in! Next time I will!

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  9. I use to buy the organic green monster but it gets expensive and then making it was not good but this recipe is totally different I may have to give it a shot, looks great!!

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  10. Yay! I’m so glad you were able to make a successful green monster 🙂 Coconut milk is SUCH a great idea; that will SO be happening in a future smoothie. Paul still can’t get past the look of them (he tells me they look like baby vomit, I tell him he looks like baby vomit…gotta protect my smoothies ego!), but I think someday he will see the deliciousness in them!

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  11. YUM!! Yes … I LOVE spinach smoothies … but they never fill me up 😦

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  12. Hi love – right so Im too greedy for smoothies – Ive never even really given them a chance – always figuring Id just be TOO hungry afterwards – but maybe this can be the year I change all of that….?? I also read my little shout out on your blogroll – I love it so much – thank you sweet friend! Cant wait til Palm Springs (fingers crossed!!!) xox

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    • You totally should give it a try, as I thought the same thing. I thought there was no way that they would fill me up, but I was pleasantly surprised! Plus, you are just about to move the Cali–green smoothies are practically mandatory! 🙂

      Also, I am TOTALLY excited at the potential meet-up! YAY! 🙂 🙂

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  13. How did I miss this post? Back before I started making smoothies chock full of vegetables, my go to smoothie was frozen banana chunks, 2 big handfuls of spinach and almond milk – so dang delicious! And now you’ve got me craving one….

    Also, I’ve never had a problem with the spinach flavor, but I make sure I freeze my bananas when they’re super ripe, so they’re sweeter than usual and mask the spinach flavor.

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