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.
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.
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?