Green Monster Smoothie

Green Monster Smoothie

Just in time for St. Patty’s Day, I present to you with this lovely green monster smoothie. While I don’t intend on drinking these this Sunday (hey, I *am* Irish after all!), these smoothies have been my go-to for breakfast or lunch on most other weekends. They make a great, nutrient-packed meal replacer, as you are pretty stuffed after drinking one. I like them because they’re easy and quick to make when I don’t have much in the fridge or I’m nursing a hangover, much like I will be this Sunday. As always, ingredients are easily customizable to what you have available. I’ve subbed frozen spinach for fresh, greek yogurt for milk and so on. One thing to note from my experiments though, whether it’s fresh or frozen, you always need a banana. That’s what she said. HA! I just said what you were thinking. But seriously, you need a banana to help “overpower” the flavors of the other ingredients. I’ve tried it without banana and it just tastes like a weird milk and spinach smoothie. Gross.

Green Monster Smoothie

  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 banana, cut in thirds
  • 6 frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

Add ingredients to a blender and blend, blend, BLEND! Depending on your blender, it may take a few minutes to get everything smooth or you may need to stir the mixture up halfway through. I like my smoothies to be drinkable through a straw so you may need to add or subtract liquid until you reach your desired consistency.

Low-fat Banana-Raspberry Ricotta Dessert

My husband and I both HATE ripe bananas. So, inevitably, we end up with a pile of brown bananas in our freezer, and I have to be crafty in using them. Luckily, we also keep our kitchen bare of snack or dessert foods, and there you have it, this dessert creation was born in a moment of desperation. Note: All of the kooky ingredients can easily be replaced with normal ones (use any kind of milk, sweetener, and ricotta that you have), this is just the ultra-light route. Also, I don’t recommend freezing this for more than a few hours—because there is no fat like in ice cream, this doesn’t stay creamy once frozen. So it’s best served immediately after hitting the right texture.

Low-fat Banana-Raspberry Ricotta Dessert

  • 1 cup fat free ricotta
  • 2 frozen bananas, thawed
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 packet of Stevia
  • 3 raspberries
  • some sliced almonds

Simply blend the thawed banana, ricotta, stevia, and milk together on high until well combined. Stick in the freezer to firm up for about 2 hours, then top with almonds and raspberries right before serving. Makes 2 smallish servings or 1 really big one!

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