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Peppermint Patty Green Monster

Ever since coming back from vacation, I have been craving fruits and vegetables like whoa.  I think it’s because it’s hot back here in New York (not crazy hot, but it’s definitely not fall weather like Canada).

I had a beautiful salad for lunch made from a bunch of locally grown veggies (including the reddest tomato I have ever seen), and then an apple (golden and delicious, as the name implied), and then I was still dying for vegetables.

Green monster it is.  ‘Specially one that has a fresh and cooling taste thanks to some chocolate mint from my herb garden.

Peppermint Patty Green Monster Printable Recipe Card

  • 1 ripe banana, frozen
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 10 small chocolate mint leaves (you can use regular mint, too)
  • 1/2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 C skim milk
  • 4 ice cubes
  • honey or chocolate syrup to taste (optional for those of you who want a sweeter drink)

Layer the ingredients in a blender in this order: spinach, mint, cocoa powder, banana, ice, and skim milk poured over the top.  Putting the heavy stuff on top helps to press the light stuff down into the blender mechanism.

Blend for a few minutes until smooth.  Pour into a glass and serve immediately (makes one smoothie).

I actually couldn’t believe how much this really tasted like a peppermint patty.  Sweet, a bit of chocolate (how good would this be with chocolate pieces stirred in?), and that perfect cool minty finish.

As always, you can’t even taste the baby spinach.  If you use a heartier green like kale or chard, you’ll be able to detect it–that’s why I went with spinach on this one.

Vegetable and fruit craving satisfied.

Now on to more important things:

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Carrot Cake Green Monster

Sick of green monsters yet, are ya?  Well, if you need to switch it up (and if you are anything like me, and you like your breakfasts to taste like dessert), than boy have I got the recipe for you.

But first I want to show you what we got in our CSA box number six this week (get ready, it’s a good one):

So yes, I see some more carrot cake green monsters in my future.  And speaking of them, here’s the recipe!

Carrot Cake Green Monster (Carrot Cake Green Monster Printable Card)

  • 2 small carrots and their greens, or one large carrot and its greens, or spinach to substitute for carrot greens
  • 1 ripe banana (mine was frozen)
  • 1/2 C skim milk, 1/2 C water (or 1 C skim milk, or 1 C water…)
  • 1/8 C old-fashioned dry oats
  • 1 T hemp powder (optional, obvy)
  • 1 T Carnation instant breakfast (I started using these up to get rid of them, and now I actually like a little in my green monsters–you could also use protein powder, or just skip it)
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 4-5 ice cubes

Layer the way we always do: liquids, oatmeal, and powders on the bottom, then leafy greens/carrots, then bananas and ice cubes on top.  The heavy stuff on top helps weigh the leaves into the blender mechanism.  Blend away until smooth.

Top with a sprinkle of extra cinnamon, and indulge yourself.  Cake.  For breakfast.  Drinkable cake.

It really does taste a lot like carrot cake!  Fritz requested to have one of these, and it was a nice change from peanut butter (but don’t worry, peanut butter green monster–you’ll always be my number one).

And yes, carrot greens are edible!  Some people are allergic to them, but if you aren’t, then try ’em.  They taste a little like carrot-y parsley, and definitely make the carrot cake green monster more carrot cake-y.  If you go to a farmer’s market, you can usually find carrots with their greens.

I also have been eating them in salads–just be sure to chop them finely to avoid any unpleasant throat scratching from their weird shape (just like curly kale or parsley).

So how’s studying going?  Pretty well.  Henry finds it to be pretty boring, though, and is falling asleep all over the place:

You know it’s sad when I’d rather watch my cat fall asleep than study.  But don’t worry, he’s not sleeping all the time.  Still plenty of time for this:

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Cookie Dough Green Monster

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya!

I don’t have class until one today, so I woke up early, made a giant mug of chamomile tea, straightened up a bit, then had a giant green monster.  I’ve been craving fruits and veggies for a few days, so I knew it was time for a hearty dose of spinach for breakfast.  In cookie dough form.

This green monster has a special ingredient–you may have guessed it based on the above picture.  Drumroll, please!

Yes, oatmeal.  You all know by now that I love oatmeal in any form, and old-fashioned oats were on sale at Waldbaum’s yesterday–buy one get one free, basically.  It cost $4 for two of those big oats containers–yay!  We haven’t had anything other than steel-cut oats for a while, so I was excited to get back to these guys.

Cookie Dough Green Monster

  • 1 C skim milk
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/3 C uncooked old-fashioned oats (though you could use quick oats, too)
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 2 T vanilla Carnation Instant Breakfast (ugh–still trying to get rid of these)

Using the standard layering order of green monsters, I added milk, instant breakfast, oats, spinach, and banana on top.

I had a few very ripe bananas lying around last week, but I knew I wouldn’t have time to make anything with them.  Rather than throw them away, I peeled ’em and froze them in large chunks.  This is perfect for green monsters, ’cause I don’t need to add ice to have a cold smoothie, and no wasting old bananas!

Blend for a few minutes until smooth, and enjoy.  I made one for Fritz this morning, too, in an attempt to help him get over a summer cold.

The Carnation Instant Breakfast isn’t my favorite thing in the whole world, but it did give a nice vanilla cookie dough flavor with the oats.  It was a little sweet for my taste, so once I’m finally rid of these things, I’d probably just add a teaspoon of vanilla extract and skip the added sugar.  If you need it at little sweeter, you can use sugar, honey, vanilla protein powder…

I love the flavor of the blended oats.  They give the green monster a really nice texture and doughy taste.

I also tried blending some granola in a green monster the other day, but it also turned out to be too sweet.  Similar texture as the oats, though, which I did like.  My bananas lately have been extra ripe, so the sweetness factor is already pretty high.  Other things to try in this particular mix: adding cinnamon for an oatmeal-raisin cookie dough, and cocoa for a chocolate chip cookie dough.  Yum!

In other news, guess who’s been feeling better lately?

Have a good day today!

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Peanut Butter Green Monster

Oh. Em. Gee.

This is the best Green Monster I have ever had.  I’ve had it two days in a row–it’s a fresh, filling, delicious, creamy, peanut buttery, hit-the-spot breakfast.  Need I go on?

If you like peanut butter, you need to trust me and make this.  It doesn’t need to be for breakfast.  Have it after the gym or as part of your lunch.  Just find a way to do it.

Peanut Butter Green Monster

  • 1/2 C skim milk
  • 1/2 C water + ice cubes (5 or 6)
  • 1 T ground flaxseed
  • 1 T peanut butter
  • 1-2 T Carnation Instant Breakfast powder, chocolate flavor (or cocoa powder, or chocolate protein powder, or nothing!  Experiment!)
  • 2 handfuls fresh spinach
  • 1 ripe banana, sliced

I have a box of Carnation Instant Breakfasts leftover from when I used to hate eating breakfast (my, how things have changed).  Now that I eat big healthy breakfasts, rather than instant, powdered, sugary breakfasts, I’ve tried to find ways to get rid of them without just tossing ’em.  Looks like I may have found a solution, one tablespoonful at a time.

Waste not, want not!

Layer the ingredients in the blender as usual (water, PB, ice, and powders first, then spinach, then banana on top) and blend away until smooth. 

 

The last few days I’ve made these first thing in the morning, then stuck them in a mug in the freezer until I left for school just to save myself a little time in the morning.  Another nice thing about Green Monsters for breakfast?  All you need is a travel mug and your breakfast is transportable.

This particular monster isn’t as vivid green as some of its counterparts–I think it’s partially from the peanut butter and because I may have used a little less spinach (we were running low!).  It’s still definitely green, though.

I found something exciting today–my baby lilac tree (which is now two years old), transplanted all the way from my parents’, is flowering for the very first time!  Isn’t she a beauty?

I’ve said this all week, but I really need to buckle down and study all weekend.  I definitely won’t have time to do much baking, but I’m sure I’ll find something worth blogging when I need a study break.  What are you doing this weekend?

 

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Tropical Green Monster

Only a month away from getting my CSA box!  Pretty excited–and speaking of vegetables, here’s a baby tomato plant update (it’s been a while):

Fritz and I have been talking about trying to eat more vegetables, and now that it’s getting warmer it occurred to both of us to start having more Green Monsters in the mornings for breakfast.

Yeah, Green Monsters.  Those frighteningly green smoothies that taste surprisingly good.  Actually, really good if you make ’em right–and you like the taste of fruits and veggies, of course.

I decided to go with a tropical Green Monster this morning, since we had some frozen mango and some spotted bananas that needed using.  Combined with a little coconut and a lot of spinach–good morning, energy smoothie.

I also included a present from my mom–a tablespoon of hemp powder, made from ground hemp seeds.  Hemp seeds are a complete protein, with all eight essential amino acids.  It’s also green, so I thought it would be a good time to try it out!

Tropical Green Monster

  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 2 handfuls rinsed spinach
  • 1/2 C frozen mango
  • 1 T pure creamed coconut
  • 1 C water (you could also use skim milk, or coconut water and take out the creamed coconut)
  • 1 T hemp powder
  • 4-5 ice cubes

 

This is super easy to blend, especially if you layer the ingredients properly in the blender.  Start with the water, then add the hemp powder, coconut, and ice cubes.  Toss the spinach on top, and weight it down with the banana and frozen mango. 

It should blend like a dream.  Let it go for long enough to liquefy the spinach as well as possible–you don’t want leafy chunks floating in your drink.

At least I don’t.

This smoothie definitely tastes more “green” than the classic Green Monster, most likely because there’s no chocolate–but it still tastes like a fruit smoothie and not a vegetable one.  The spinach would be difficult to detect at all, if it weren’t for the bright green color.

That makes it a little obvious.

Anyway, I’m off to school–it has been such a busy week already!  I’ve been doing lots of homework and projects every day, and still my schedule shows no signs of stopping soon.  I even took a nap after school yesterday because I haven’t quite recovered from switching over from the relaxing days of spring break.

Fritz tried to wake me up after about 45 minutes, and I only awoke long enough to firmly say “no!”, before turning over and falling back asleep.

It felt so good.

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“Green Monster” Smoothie

When my good friend Breanna was recently visiting, we got to talking about green smoothies–you know, the ones that look absolutely disgusting, have ingredients like spinach and kale in them, and are consumed mostly by the hippie roommate in your standard romantic comedy?  Well, we decided that we wanted to try them.  I’ve read in a few blogs lately that they can taste really delicious with enough tweaking and practice.

Luckily, I didn’t have to do all the practice.  Others have done it before me, and since this is one recipe that has the potential to be truly revolting, I decided to go with someone else’s Classic Green Monster recipe–Oh She Glow’s Angela Liddon.  And it was a great choice.

(On a side note, it started snowing pretty heavily in the last half hour, and I am really hoping that my classes (which don’t start until one today) get canceled.  I have so much to do today and I would love some surprise free time!)

Classic Green Monster  (adapted only slightly from the original)

  • 1 C skim milk
  • 1 T chia seed
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (for Fritz’s) or 1/2 T unsweetened cocoa powder (for mine)
  • 2 handfuls rinsed spinach leaves
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled
  • 4-6 ice cubes

Put everything in the blender–for best results, use this order: milk, chia, protein powder/cocoa powder, spinach, and banana on top.  Blend until smooth, add the ice cubes, and finish blending.

Easy peasy!

The green isn’t so frightening when you think about all the spinachy, chia-y, and banana-y goodness filling your body.

Fritz got a travel-mug version.  Bet he’ll be feeling energized throughout his long school day with a start like this!

Is mine in a beaker-mug?  Yes.  Are you surprised?  Yes?  Then you need to meet my mother, and you’ll understand.

That’s it!  I, too, was surprised that something with so few sweeteners can taste delicious.  I think for my own enjoyment that it’s key the banana be actually ripe, because this is the flavor you want to taste.  I also liked the taste with cocoa powder (it just gave it a hint of chocolate with only 10-ish calories), and the protein powder in Fritz’s was great (with many more calories)–perfect for anyone training for, say, a half-marathon (Breanna!).

Now that I have the classic one down, I feel like I can do more experimenting and make my own masterpieces.  I can’t wait to try adding peanut butter, coconut, and other fruits to these Green Monsters.

Thanks Angela!

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