Laura’s Green Monster


Posted by Angela | Posted in Reader Recipes | Posted on 03-09-2010

july-25-2010-004I found a wild purslane plant and transplanted it in my flower bed. Quite by accident. I had intended to use the purslane for my Green Monster but forgot about it for a week. The plant took root and now I have purslane on demand! Green Monsters all the time!

The Green Monster Mini
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla hemp milk
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup fresh spinach
small handful purslane
1/2 banana
1/4 cup raspberries
1 tiny pear, pulled from my neighbor’s tree, chopped

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Jess’s Green Monster


Posted by Angela | Posted in Reader Recipes | Posted on 03-09-2010

011410-GreenMonsterSmoothies22copyWe are growing mint in the garden and it is SO good in a GM!  It gives the smoothie a cool, refreshing, deeelicious extra oomph.  Sooo my GM has:

Five or six mint leaves
Two cups baby spinach
Half a super ripe banana for sweetness
Original almond milk, about 1 cup
Half scoop vegan vanilla protein powder
1 TBS chia seeds
1 TBS flax seeds
liberal sprinkling cinnamon on top!

Enjoy 🙂

Kierstan’s Green Monster


Posted by Angela | Posted in Reader Recipes | Posted on 03-09-2010

The other day I woke up absolutely craving a green monster. Normally I throw in a handful of fresh strawberries, but the ones on hand were getting a little fuzzy.

So I dug deep and came out with an apple. Surely that would work – an apple green monster!  So I threw the apple into the blender (raw), followed by a few handfuls of spinach (about 2 cups), 1/2 frozen banana and some soymilk (about 3/4 cup) and let it whirl!

IMG_7549Then I got the crazy idea to throw in some cinnamon, along with a pinch of nutmeg and ground cloves.

So delicious, sweet and a great way to start a morning!

(the photo is not the greatest – I was in a hurry to get on the road!)

Melissa’s Green Monster


Posted by Angela | Posted in Reader Recipes | Posted on 03-09-2010

P1000430I had been feeling like I really needed to eat more greens, and then I came across the green monster while reading your blog. Green monsters are the perfect solution!

My go-to green monster is as follows:
1 large bunch of spinach
1c almond mylk
2 Tbsp cacao
1 Tbsp flaxseed
1 Tbsp Vitamineral Green (Healthforce Nutritionals)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 banana
2 Medjool dates, pitted

Ellen’s Green Monster


Posted by Angela | Posted in Reader Recipes | Posted on 03-09-2010

IMG_1400I guess you could say I had lost my mojo. I lost my spark both physically and emotionally. I was drowsy all the time, I wasn’t interested in getting out to do things, and my skin and hair were as lackluster as my attitude. For someone who is usually high energy, I felt like a different person. It took me a while to do something about it, unfortunately. But the green monsters were among my first steps.

After reading about green monsters on OSG and checking out the GMM website, I figured it couldn’t hurt. Well, I got hooked. They were feel good smoothies that nourished me inside and out. It was just the push I needed to get back on my game and start seeking information on what had been bringing me down the last few months.

My current favorite: banana, handful of spinach, cup of almond milk, one scoop of chocolate Amazing Grass, a spoonful of Maca powder, and a scoop of peanut butter. (Also posted here on my website: ). Thank you!

Nichole’s Green Monster


Posted by Angela | Posted in Reader Recipes | Posted on 03-09-2010

IMAG0131You are simply fantastic! I was glad I ponied up and finally tried this out.

I posted about this awesomeness here:

Yesterday I attempted a first. Heard of a green monster? No, not the wall at Fenway. It’s a spinach smoothie. Gasp! I can picture my mom rolling those eyes now. Seemed easy enough, few ingredients and a simple game of ‘will it blend’.

For my “Virgin Green Monster” I used:
2 handfuls of spinach
1 banana
1/4 cup berries
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Ice & Water

Verdict, it was my first so it’s only up from here, right? Clearly my green monster was not feeling well as it has a darker shade of purple, complements of Trader Joes’s blend o’ berries. Our very own Nutritioneer had the “are you HIGH, Claire” look on his face for sure. But in the end, I got a “not bad…too much cinnamon.” Blerg.

Applause and kudos to Oh She Glows because oh she pretty much rocks and has started an entire Green Monster Movement. Thus she was the inspiration for me even knowing what these monsters were about.

Mimi’s Green Monster


Posted by Angela | Posted in Reader Recipes | Posted on 03-09-2010

DSC02938Growing up, I was the kid who never wore shoes, intentionally splashed through puddles and constantly had dirt under her fingernails.

Fortunate for me, this was perfectly fueled by the fact that my family lived near and extensive area of wetlands. In the summers I attended a nature camp and, when I was lucky, my dad would even take me on “frog hunting” trips.

I didn’t mind getting a little swamp water in my shoes. In fact, I even relished it.

In time I’ve learned to clean up a bit, but I still maintain a passion for an occasional dosage of mud.

However, for as much as I loved the murky, green waters of my childhood, I never thought that same descriptor could be used in talking about good food.

The legendary “Green Monster” has been sighted on many a blogs. Although many of my trusted sources raved about the drink, I was still hesitant.

Last week, fueled by a little nostalgia for the swamp-wading days of my youth and fueled a lot by the awesome sale my grocery store was having on spinach, I decided it was now or never: I was going to have a Green Monster sighting of my own.

After one quickly blended batch of spinach, bananas, peanut butter and almond milk, I was hooked.

After a few days of making a pretty standard version of the GM, I was willing to venture into swampy territory of my own by making a different version.

Limey Green Monster


   * 4 ice cubes
   * 3/4 C unsweetened almond milk
   * 1/2 frozen banana
   * 3 large handfuls spinach
   * 1 T PB
   * 1 small fat-free lime flavored yogurt
   * Toppings: Fresh fruit, dried fruit, granola, cereal, etc.


   * Combine ice, milk and banana in a blender. Thoroughly crush.
   * Add in spinach and continue blending, stopping to stir occasionally.
   * Add PB and lime yogurt. Blend to desired consistency.
   * Pour into glass or bowl, top with add-ins and enjoy.

I topped my Green Monster with pineapple, blueberries and a leftover chai carrot cupcake. In addition to a Green Monster spotting, there were also hungry cats and bunnies on the prowl.

Jessica’s Green Monster


Posted by Angela | Posted in Reader Recipes | Posted on 03-09-2010

green-smoothieEvery morning I can’t decide between VOO or a green monster for breakfast! I usually ending having one for brekkie then one for lunch or snack.  I’ve experimented with all different greens, fruit, powders, and seeds and I love most of what I’ve made!

The GM I had for lunch today was:
1 cup water
1/2 a frozen mango
2 really small bananas
handful of blueberries (I added the other banana and BB because the smoothie was not good yet)
1/4 tsp Maca powder
1/2 tsp Bee Pollen, chlorella, wheat grass, and barley mixture
quick pour of Maple syrup (grade B) and vanilla extract
1 TB Matcha green tea powder