Dueling Smoothies

Wednesday is here and with it, comes another snow day.  This is our sixth snow day in 3 weeks!  It is quite wild.

Today, I wanted to do a post about smoothies.  On most days, Doug and I have a smoothie with our breakfast.  I have tried quite a few combinations in the last year (we got our blender last April) and so I thought it would be neat to share recipes and review a few smoothies I have made.

So today’s match-up:

Green Monster Smoothie vs. Strawberry &  Coconut Oil Smoothie

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The Green Monster

Ingredients:

4 c spinach

1 c nut milk (almond is recommended)

1 banana

1 tbsp. peanut butter

1/2 c yogurt (plain or vanilla)

Place all ingredients in blender.  ‘Pulse’ until all ingredients are mixed and then ‘liquify’ until you have a very smooth consistency. Makes 1 large smoothie. 

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THE REVIEW

I absolutely adore this smoothie.  I love the fact that it contains so much spinach and it does not taste like vegetables.  Maybe it is all in my head, but I find that I feel so good after drinking it. 

A few tips with regards to ingredients:

  • Spinach – I find that the best deal for spinach is the big bag you can buy at Walmart.  It is under $4 and I find that you get the most for your money’s worth.  You can also buy discounted spinach for this recipe as you blend it all up anyway.
  • Nut milk – I have tried a variety of types and I think the best one is Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk.  You can find it in the refrigerated section at the grocery store.
  • Yogurt – The original recipe recommends plain Greek yogurt.  I find that plain normal yogurt also works just fine.  I made the swap simply because we were going through lots of Greek yogurt and that stuff is pricey!!
  • Peanut Butter – I use Kraft smooth peanut butter.  Probably, you should use all-natural stuff but we tell ourselves that if we are going to be consuming that much spinach, a little sugar won’t hurt us!!

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I bought the Dream Blends nut milk because it was on sale and I thought it might be yummy.  Having tried it, I would say it’s okay but it does not have a lot of flavour. 

Recipe for Green Monster Smoothie adapted from

My Top Secret Diet Weapon

Next up…Strawberry & Coconut Oil Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 c frozen strawberries

1/2 c plain Greek yogurt

1 medium banana

1/2 c cold water

2 Tbsp coconut oil

1 tsp honey

Mix all ingredients together in blender.  Makes 2 medium servings. 

Recipe adapted from http://mynearestanddearest.com/strawberry-coconut-oil-smoothie/

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THE REVIEW

I found that this smoothie had a funny aftertaste to it.  Part of me thinks it was the coconut oil as I have never used it before.  The consistency itself was very smooth and you could definitely taste the strawberries. 

I did make a few alterations to the smoothie which may have altered the taste. I used fresh strawberries (because Metro had 2/$4! What a steal!) and I used 2 bananas instead of 1 just because my bananas were pretty small. 

I would make this smoothie again.  I did enjoy the taste however I think the coconut oil is something that will take some getting used to, for me, personally. 

The result

Out of these two smoothies, I’d have to say the Green Monster smoothie for the win!  The 4 veggie servings make it pretty ideal and I find it to be just the perfect size.  The Strawberry & Coconut Oil smoothie is a good snack size smoothie, but for me, it is just not the winner.

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” MMMMMmm smoothies…a great way to start the day!” – Doug

I would love to hear what you think of the Green Monster Smoothie and the Strawberry & Coconut Oil Smoothie!!

Hope you have a great day,

-Stacey

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