Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Monsters are taking over...

I have been converted.

Do you remember when Meg wrote about the Green Monster?

I said, no way. Not happening. I like my spinach drenched in dressing and croutons (and cheese).

But I kept reading how good it was for you, how people noticed a spike in energy, how their hair shined, how their skin glowed. So I decided to give it a try.

I am hooked.

I'm not going to lie, it's not pretty. My first one came out a pinkish green with flecks of darker green. And those flecks got stuck in my teeth (not my most attractive moment). But it was SO GOOD!!

Here is what I did:
Cast of characters:
Frozen peaches, frozen strawberries, a Fiber One yogurt (vanilla flavored), spinach, and one very green banana (I went to two different groceries stores trying to find ripe bananas. No go.)

I put bunches of everything into a large cup and used my brand new immersion blender (I got it for my birthday!) to whip it all up!

Let's take a closer look, shall we?

Yum!! Seriously! I was very surprised that I could not taste ANY spinach.
I had another Green Monster this morning and I am feeling good! Another plus, they are fantastic for both pre and post workout boosters.

Now for those of you on Weight Watchers, there is a little bit of confusion as how to count a Green Monster. If you plug it into the recipe builder, it counts as 5 points. But counted as a meal on the tracker, it is 1 point (because of the yogurt). I have spoken to many people about this and they all agreed to count it as a meal, therefore, 1 point.

In other news, I wanted to share what I made for dinner last night. I have been craving pizza like nobody's business. So, I created my own last night.

I used:
1 pita pocket, split down the middle
1/2 cup of marinara spaghetti sauce
1/2 cup of reduced fat mozzarella cheese
6 Turkey Pepperoni pieces
1/4 cup of pineapple chunks
1/2 cup of mushrooms

I split the marinara between the two pita pockets, and stuffed each of them with half of the ingredients. I put them into a 350 degree oven for about 12 minutes...and I was in heaven!

Here is an insider's view...

11 points on Weight Watchers. Worth every single one.


  1. i'm the only one left! i'm the only one left!

    also, i am a HUGE fan of both fiber one vanilla yogurt (seriously YUM, even by itself, but even more so when you mix a little something in there--my new fave is half a banana and a palmful of chocolate chips) and pita pizza. i usually put the stuff on the outside and broil it, but i like the stuffed pizza idea. you can have more stuff without killing the crust!


  2. Welcome to the green side!!!

    I'm confused about the WW thing... yogurt doesn't count for points? I'm doing it all online, so I'm really left out with all the new points values.

  3. just have to try one. then you'll be hooked...i promise. try this recipe. it has converted everyone i have had try it:

    -3 cups organic spinach
    -2 oz of oj concentrate (the frozen kind) - basically i estimate with two tablespoons
    -1/4 cup of milk
    -3/4 cups frozen peaches (these keep it cold longer without needing ice in the blender)
    -1 banana

    adriana- are you putting the spinach at the bottom of the blender? that would keep the pieces down and they should get completed mixed in. also, i like to drink them with straws (so that would cut down on the pieces in your teeth).

  4. Ashlee- the fiber one yogurt is one point, everything else is zero.
    Meg- I'll give that a try with my next one.
    teachergirl- it may be in my head, but I swear I have more energy today!

  5. What kind of protein powder would taste best in this? Vanilla? i gotta gotta have protein for post workout sessions!!