Healthy, Easy Green Monster Smoothie

If  you haven’t yet tried a Green Smoothie, don’t be afraid or turned off by the color. These healthy, easy Green monster smoothies are energy boosters and delicious too!

Green Monster Smoothies: full of flavor and vitamins!!

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As for my workouts, I’m still going strong, if you’re wondering. Do you follow me on instagram? Then you may have noticed I made this green smoothie after my last p90x workout.

But before we talk about this tasty smoothie, let’s talk workouts.

I’m curious, for those of you who workout at home…what do you do? Are you a dvd watcher? Run on a treadmill in your basement? Do you write your own routine?

I have a gym membership that I barely use in the winter. I’ll go for a week, then quit going and workout at home for two months before going back to the gym.

I never thought I would enjoy working out at home, but two years ago we bought p90x and started the program. I hate love it. It’s a great home workout.

I also have a couple Jillian Michael’s body shred DVD’s as well as some Bob Harper Kettleball workouts.

But now I’m hearing of this T25 and I’m totally intrigued. Not that I need to spend more money on a workout, but I do enjoy having variety at home!

So basically, I’m putting out a request, tell me YOUR favorite home workouts. If it’s a link, share it!!Green Monster Smoothies: full of flavor and vitamins!!

What is a Green Monster Smoothie?

Typically, green smoothies are packed with healthy fruits and vegetables and have a vibrant green color. 

But don’t let that color scare you, as with my recipe you can’t taste the spinach.

The health benefits of smoothies are perfect for people who work out or need breakfast on the go.

For me personally, I’m not a breakfast person, but I like to get in some calories and protein within 30 minutes of a heavy workout. Green smoothies are the perfect healthy breakfast! They taste good and are quite refreshing!

How to make Green Monster Smoothies

But first, grab your blender. You’ll add fresh spinach, a handful of ice, and milk.

I use vanilla almond milk, but choose your favorite variety.

Next add in about 6 oz yogurt (vanilla greek yogurt is my go-to for smoothies). You’ll also need one banana (fresh or frozen), and 1/2 cup peaches (fresh, frozen, or canned).

If desired, add a scoop of vanilla protein powder. Blend and process until smooth and creamy! If using frozen fruits, you may need an extra splash of milk. This makes a very large smoothie, which you can share or enjoy solo!

Green Monster Smoothies: full of flavor and vitamins!!

How to change up the flavor in your Green Smoothie recipe

I love to change up the variety of fruits in my smoothies, but my very favorite green smoothie is this one! With banana, spinach and peaches; it’s so refreshing and delicious!

Say you don’t like spinach? Any leafy greens will do, but kale is a great alternative to the spinach. 

I’ve also added some Vanilla whey protein powder into my smoothie, this is totally optional! I love having this extra protein boost in my diet, it makes this smoothie a meal replacement! 

If you have the nerve, add a pinch of cilantro to this healthy smoothie! It takes it to a whole new wonderful place! And a squirt of lime juice. See, my mind and flavor buds keep on going…

 

Great add-ins would also include a scoop of almond butter or chia seeds. Both have health benefits and help create a smooth and creamy texture!

To make perfect green smoothies you need

  • A blender. A good powerful blender is key to making smoothies. One that burns up and doesn’t blend the frozen ice and chunks of fruit is just a headache. So give yourself a gift of a good blender!
  • Leafy greens (I prefer to use spinach in my green smoothies)
  • Ripe bananas (fresh or frozen banana works equally)
  • Handful of Ice
  • Milk (any variety, including coconut milk)
  • Yogurt (any variety)
  • Peaches
  • Protein Powder
  • Optional add-ins: chia seeds, flax seeds, almond butter

Love smoothies? This Banana Split Smoothie is one of my favorites!

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Yield: 1 large or 2 small smoothies

Green Monster Smoothie

Prep Time 5 minutes

If  you haven't yet tried a Green Smoothie, don't be afraid or turned off by the color. These healthy, easy Green monster smoothies are energy boosters and delicious too!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 oz fresh spinach, washed
  • handful of ice
  • 1/4 cup milk (I use vanilla almond milk)
  • 6oz yogurt ( I use vanilla greek yogurt)
  • 1 large banana (frozen if possible)
  • protein powder
  • 1/2 cup peaches, fresh, frozen or canned

Instructions

  1. In a large blender, combine all the ingredients above. Process for 3-5 minutes. You want to go this long to make sure the spinach is fully blended. ENJOY.

Recipe originally published January 9, 2014

Aimee

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Comments & Reviews

  1. So I have done lots of the beach body workouts- I got tired of buying all the dvds, so I do the beach body on demand now. You can do insanity, all of the p90’s, 21 day fix, 80 day obsession, lift 4, etc. I think when I signed up it was like 100 for the year. And I don’t buy the stuff when it comes out!! 

  2. I have the T25 DVD’s…love them! (a great workout in 25 mins) and add them to my rotation of videos. I don’t go out to the gym so have to find my motivation at home. Jillian M’s “No More Trouble Zone’s” rocks it for a great all round workout that helps you shed inches, and get toned. I’m back to the treadmill while I watch Netflix to help me get through a couple miles. Exercise is soooo mind over matter – hate it, but love how I feel after. I need to try your green smoothie…it looks great!

  3. Green smoothies are a great way to get all that good stuff in and they are actually great. I prep mine when I get home from the grocery, packing 2 c. spinach or kale into baggies, and fruits cleaned & chopped into snack size baggies by 1 c. so I can change things up. I do 2 c. green, 3 cups fruit, 2 c. liquid ( water, oj, almond milk or a combo) and always start with just liquids and green, this get sit smooth before adding the fruits. This makes 32 oz., I drink one immediately and stash the other in the fridge or split between my kiddos. This makes it easy to get out every morning, and I don’t have to add ice, since my fruits and greens are frozen 🙂 I’ve been avoiding work outs for 4 years my goal is to get back in shape, did a 30 day challenge in January with green smoothies and now I am slowly trying to start the work outs.

  4. I love T25! How can you say no to 25 minutes a day? I’m a Beachbody coach and there is a new program on the scene called the 21 Day Fix. It looks to be really great! I’m not a gym person at all, I’m intimidated, so home DVDs are my preference.

  5. Try this workout if you have a pullup bar.
    Set a timer for 30 minutes. Do 3 pullups or chinups, 10 pushups, 10 speed situps or other core exercise. Do as many rounds as u can in the 30 minutes.
    OR: put 40 coins on a table and move one after every round and do the workout throughout the day until all 40 coins have been moved.

  6. turbo fire is a blast, insanity is crazy insane but fun, chalean extreme is awesome I love the weights, jillian micheals 90 day is good, I love to have different ones so I don’t get bored with the workouts. thanks for smoothie ideas.

  7. Wow – that green smoothie not only looks great, but it sounds like it also will taste great (I have tried some and they just kinda taste like raw veggies – understandably as they´re so heavily veg based) – I have to try this one though. As for exercise I´m currently on week 3 of P90X3 and loving that it´s only 30 minutes a day, although I´m missing the weights and the arm definition that they brought really quickly when I did P90X, but it´s still early days, I´ve never tried Kettleball swings – that could be fun 🙂

  8. T25 is one of my favorites! Very different than Insanity, which I love. You move non-stop for the full 25 minutes. A great workout and the whole program comes with 12 DVDs so you won’t ever get bored! Always follow it up with a healthy and good quality protein smoothie!

  9. Are your vanilla almond milk and vanilla yogurt sweetened? Sounds like a lot of extra sugar in this since banana and peaches already will make it sweet. Don’t fear the green! (My quick green smoothie is spinach, blueberries, water, blend.) 🙂

  10. Ugh I knew the world would tell me I needed to work out one way or another! I’m so bad because I know I should, but it is just so intimidating. THOUGH – if I had a delectable (and good for me) smoothie as a prize for not dying while on the treadmill, MAYBE I could be a real person and start working out. 😉

  11. I’ve never tried a green smoothie (probably the only person who hasn’t!). I’m not sure I can imagine drinking spinach, but love that your version includes peaches!

  12. Aimee,
    I love this Green Monster Smoothie! After a long run I like to drink no only water but after I cool down a bit something a little different but healthy. This sounds perfect! Thank you for providing a great idea, I can’t wait to try this!

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