Rebecca’s Green Monster


Posted by Angela | Posted in Reader Recipes | Posted on 25-12-2009

IMG00065-20091210-0852Hi Angela,

I came across your blog yesterday and was so inspired I decided to give a green monster a chance. I blogged about my green monster experience this morning , you check out the story on my blog.

Below is the recipe:
1 handful of spinach
1 diced frozen banana
1/4 grapefruit
1 cup almond milk
1 scoop pomegranate-mango amazing meal


Shannon’s Green Monster


Posted by Angela | Posted in Reader Recipes | Posted on 25-12-2009

Green-MonsterI’ve been reading about the Green Monster on OSG for at least a year but thought it would be disgusting.  A few months back Angela shared her story of how the Green Monster got started in the first place.  I posted a comment saying that the story was so touching it actually made me CONSIDER making a Green Monster.  Well, I received a new blending device for Christmas and finally, today I made my very first Green Monster (though frankly it was more green in person than in this picture!).
Mine consisted of:
A very large handful of spinach
Some frozen blueberries, pineapple and a banana
Vanilla almond milk

I actually thought it was rather tasty and agree with others, could not taste spinach at all.  I forsee more Green Monsters in my future!  Thanks Angela!

Tammy’s Green Monster


Posted by Angela | Posted in Reader Recipes | Posted on 20-12-2009

DSC02388My favorite green monster is a simple one, so I can throw it in my vitamix before work.

2 handfuls of baby spinach, 1 can of pineapple and 1 frozen banana. Delicious!

Richelle’s Green Monster


Posted by Angela | Posted in Reader Recipes | Posted on 20-12-2009

Photo-on-2009-12-09-at-13.54I decided to take the plunge and start taking steps towards a raw diet.  I am a yoga teacher and personal trainer and need all the energy I can get to keep my body and mind strong and healthy for my business and clients.
With winter upon us and I wanted to create a green monster to help ward off colds and flu.  Kale is always one of my main ingredients as it is super charged with vitamins, calcium and antioxidants.  I added parsley for digestion and a juice blend that was made with my juicer.
FULL of vitamins and antioxidants…just in time for winter!

Winter Green Monster:
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup kale (chopped)
1/2 cup parsley
1/4 cup fresh organic beet/carrot/asian pear/celery juice
1/2 cup Basmati Brown Rice milk
1/4 teaspoon powder Vitamin Ester-C (optional)
Stevia to taste
Blend and drink!
Super charged with antioxidants and Vit C.

This is my Strawberry Green Monster recipe.  I did a blind taste test with some clients in my studio…blind as in I put it in a mug rather than a glass because I knew the colour would make them think twice.  One client said it tasted of strawberries, chocolate and banana…another could just taste strawberry.  They both were super surprised to find out what was actually in it!

Strawberry Green Monster:
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup kale (chopped)
1 cup fresh organic baby spinach
1/4 cup fresh OJ
1/2 cup Vitasoy Unsweetened soy milk
Stevia to taste
Blend and enjoy!

Kristina’s Green Monster


Posted by Angela | Posted in Reader Recipes | Posted on 20-12-2009

I started losing weight in December 2008.  I had put on 25lbs in almost 2 years and felt disgusting.  I was losing at a slow pace but doing all the right things (working out with a trainer, following Weight Watchers).

In June (13lbs lost) I finally decided to try a GM as I’d seen them all over blogland.  I crammed as many healthy items as possible for the least amout of WW points/calories. I was instantly hooked!  I loved the feeling of putting so many healthy things into my body.  From there, I started eating much healthier food…focusing on nutrients versus calories (still keeping calories in mind though).

I then joined a 10k running clinic and learned that I need to properly fuel my body for runs…what I eat all day impacts my evening runs.  This further enhanced my healthy eating as I searched for superfoods, paid attention to the protein/fibre/fat/carb ratio, etc.  I stopped focusing on calories/points.

The weight literally dropped off me.  One day my jeans didn’t fit, the next time I tried them on they were baggy. I stopped weighing myself all the time, as I SAW and FELT my results.  Not to mention how blown away people were when they saw me.

I cannot believe how transformed my thinking is now…I laugh at 100 calorie packs as they are such a waste of calories and I plan my meals/snacks based on what foods will fill me up and are nutrious.

Today (November, almost 1 year later) I’m down at least 20lbs (probably more, but definitely lost a ton of inches), have given most of my clothes away, I am the healthiest I’ve ever been in my life, but still have those darn skinny jeans that still don’t look good on me!  I’ve got a ways to go, but this time, FINALLY, I know it’s for real, forever.  I am transformed.  And I owe it all to the Green Monster, as that’s what started my love for putting all things good into my body, and treating my body with the respect it deserves.

I got married exactly 2 weeks ago and while I wasn’t the thinnest I’ve ever been, I can’t stop looking at my photos as I’m so happy with how I look, and how I GLOW.

Now that my long-winded story is over, here’s my favourite GM recipe:

3/4 cup water
2 tbsp vanilla protein powder
1/2 scoop Ruth’s Hemp Maca E3
1.5 scoops Nu-Greens OR 1 scoop Amazing Grass berry flavour
1 tsp orange flavoured flax oil
1/2 frozen banana
2 frozen strawberries
1/4 c frozen blueberries
1 handful baby spinach OR dandylion leaves if I can find them!
1 handful kale
+ a side of 2 spirulina pills and 2 B12 vitamins

Earth Mother’s Green Monster


Posted by Angela | Posted in Reader Recipes | Posted on 20-12-2009

green-smoothieHow often I’d pass by those little hairy brown fruits. But when the sign read “Organic Kiwi: 6 for $3.00” I couldn’t pass up the bargain.

Beneath the peel, I discovered green flesh, white pulp in the center, and small black (edible) seeds. Mmm, not bad. The taste reminded me of a mixture of banana, pineapple and strawberry, all rolled into one small fruit.

So I threw some into a smoothie I was making, and ooolala, this one’s a keeper.

3 handfuls of spinach (one pound bags on sale for $1.99 – score!)
1 kiwi
1 C pineapple
1 frozen banana
2 C filtered water

Mandy’s Green Monster


Posted by Angela | Posted in Reader Recipes | Posted on 20-12-2009

016Hi! I absolutely love green monsters for breakfast. I also really love coffee in the morning, which led me to this amazing combo.  I work at starbucks, so its easy for me to experiment with everything they have there.  So this is what I came up with…instead of driving to get your Cafe Mocha or Cafe Vanilla Frapp every morning, why not stay at home and make yourself a good ol Cafe Monster.

1 cup non dairy milk (I use soy or almond)
2 handfulls spinach
1/2 a frozen banana
1 scoop Amazing Grass chocolate powder
1/2 packet of Starbucks Via (or a Tablespoon of ground coffee)


Ashley’s Green Monster


Posted by Angela | Posted in Reader Recipes | Posted on 20-12-2009

IMG_3333I have been making my own protein shake for months now and decided to morph it into a green monster. Additionally, I have been LOVING your blog and thought I had to try the Green Monster after hearing so much about it. So, lo and behold, I now make the following version of the Green Monster every morning and absolutely love it. It gives me a boost in energy, and I feel like I started my day on the right foot.

2 scoops Standard Process protein powder
1 scoop Amazing Grass superfood
1 teaspoon of of TJ’s almond butter
1 large handful of organic spinach
6-8 mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries) from TJ’s mixed frozen berries

The finished product is a darker green/purple color, but the taste is magnificent. Thanks for giving me the courage to make this nutritious drink!