Sunday, July 18, 2010

more liquid addictions: green monster!

Mmmmmm green monsters.  First off, credit where credit is due: Victoria's post led me to Angela's blog where I read the story of the green monster, which inspired me greatly in many categories.  I started about 3 weeks ago and haven't had them every day, but I've gone through 1.5 boxes and 2 bags of spinach so I figure i've made 10-15 batches?  They are way delish and they make me happy.  :D  I do it a little differently (as everyone should!) but it's close to the basic/original.  My basic ingredients are banana, spinach, milk, and sometimes ice.


1. Get your green on.

I just about fill my blender with raw baby spinach - it's not packed in very tightly at all. (Think "loosely loaded laundry")  I think if you cook it first I think you would get a smoother smoothie but I don't mind the 1-2mm pieces of spinach leaf that result from doing it my way.  Is there nutritional advantage to cooking it first?

2. Go bananas.

Just 1 banana will do, but I haven't tried 2.

Smoothie-destined bananas and banana-bread-destined bananas have this much in common: ripe is better! That is, as a banana ripens it gets more and more delicious and flavorful.  I wouldn't let it go all the way black, but let it at least grow some freckles.

3. Milk it for all it's worth.

If you are all about thick goopy paste-like substances, then by all means skip this step.  :D  But if you love drinking things through straws and coddle your old, old blender then I would add some liquid delish at this point.  I kind of just eyeball it, but I think it's about 6 oz.  Add a few ice cubes if you're too cool for school.

Soy vs. cow's milk? I think soy milk is better for you.  I've heard that at least American cows' milk is quite hormone-ridden but it's also much cheaper, so I've been making mine with cows' milk.  :/

4. Blend it like your life depends on it.

I pulse it because I feel like I'm supposed to.  It would be cool if someone could enlighten me as to why.  :D

I suspect that either it (a) lets larger unblended pieces fall back to the bottom where the blades are, or (b) gives the motor a rest and fights overheating and stinky burnt smells.  I'm leaning towards point (a), as (b) may just indicate I need a new blender.  9_9

5. Enjoy!

Healthy, banana-ey, foamy, tasty goodness.  Mmmmmmmm.  n_n


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Pop Champagne said...

oh wow that looks pretty good and delicious too. Hmmmm I just got a blender last weekend I am going to try this out...


wow, looks yummy and healthy tooo

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