A Little Behind

I know I’m a little behind on the whole green monster phenomenon, but better late than never, right!?

Since Ryan and I will be out of town all weekend, I figured I should use the big bag of spinach we have in our fridge since it would likely go bad while we’re away. Making a big green monster smoothie seemed like the perfect way to use several handfuls of the green stuff.

Into the blender went:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 large scoop of chocolate protein powder
  • Almond milk
  • Several handfuls of fresh spinach
  • 1/2 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • Spoonful of peanut butter

This unappetizing creation was the result:

Green Monster

Green Goodness

What intrigued me most about the smoothie was how thick it was.

I definitely prefer to eat my calories rather than drink them, but a thick smoothie seems a lot more substantial and I can get on board with that!

Me & My First Green Monster

Chug, Chug

So, how was it???

Surprisingly delicious!

I put several large handfuls of spinach in the smoothie, but couldn’t taste it at all (thank goodness). Aside from the putrid green color, I honestly would never know spinach was in this chocolatey delight.

When Ryan came into the kitchen I immediately got a “What in the world did you make for breakfast” reaction. Apparently a blender full of thick, green goop doesn’t look so good???


I slept horribly last night.

As Ryan and I were going to bed, we started talking about my “escape plan” should an intruder ever break into our apartment.

I always have a plan in my head to get out of our apartment quickly should a “bad guy” ever break in. Since we’re in a new pad, I had to rethink my former escape route.

I think all the talk about bad people made me a little uneasy as I went to bed and I kept waking up and had trouble falling back asleep multiple times.

I figured this would make me tired and translate into a not-so-hot workout.


I was shocked how strong I felt in BodyPump today. It was so unexpected since I assumed I’d feel exhausted, but I think my workout really helped re-energize me. Thank goodness!

After BodyPump, I finished my workout with 25 minutes of light cardio on the elliptical.

Today’s Plans

Since Ryan has the day off, I have a hot lunch date planned with him this afternoon.  Three guesses where we’ll be going… 😉

Immediately after work we’re heading to my parents’ house in St. Pete. There are talks of a bon-fire tonight… S’mores, here I come!

28 Responses

  1. Have you ever tried Jimmy John’s? If you need a good place for lunch, you should go there 🙂

  2. Jimmy John’s?!

    Congrats on your first green smoothie! They fill me up a lot better than I’d expect as well.

    You always look so cute in your dresses. I need to shell out some money for some more cute summer dresses!

  3. I have a green monster every day! I’m glad you’ve joined the club 🙂

  4. Hey Julie:

    You have probably answered this before, but I was just wondering, what type of protein powder do you use? I have been looking for a good one for women, b/c I know a lot of them have a TON of calories & are typically for guys..and the few “made for women” ones that I have seen are really not that great, & loaded w/ calories. Thanks so much 🙂 Have a great weekend!

    • i totally agree about the “women” protein powders. i stick with all the whey protein powder. it’s really delicious (fav flavors are chocolate peanut butter cup & cup cake batter) and has a great amt. of protein w/o a psycho amt. of calories. delish! i usually buy mine from nutraplanet.com. hope this helps!

  5. I still haven’t tried a green monster. I’m not a smoothie type of gal.
    Your hair looks great today! Enjoy your lunch date.

  6. Mmmmm I love green monsters but I’m with you on the whole rather eat your calories thing!!!

  7. Hahaha I love Sadie in the background of the picture where you’re drinking your smoothie. I think she’s as skeptical of the green goo as Ryan was! 😉

  8. I love green monsters– especially in the spring and summer!

    V. cute dress!!

  9. I haven’t tried a green monster yet. But I do have some spinach in my fridge so I will give it a try. 🙂
    Have a great Easter break!

  10. hmm Jimmy John’s sub day for you!

    I prefer to eat my calories too.

    Super cute dress :o)

  11. Now where is that dress from?! Seriously I need to invest in more sundresses. And also grow my hair out. Glad your first green monster experience went well.

  12. I haven’t ever tried the green monster either…so you definitely weren’t the last one. Now I guess I hold that title alone! 🙂

  13. Great! You are going to love adding spinach to your smoothies. I even add kale sometimes. The texture doesn’t blend as well though. Plus, just drinking that crazy, thick, green mess just has to make you feel good right. I have been to a few body pump classes and loved it!

  14. I haven’t tried one either yet. I assume it’s pretty much just like making a smoothie and adding some spinach to it at the last minute. Since mostly everyone says that you can’t taste the spinach, I bet it’s still really good but just every more healthy!

    You look sooo cute in your pics!

  15. Your dress is so cute! I love green smoothies because I hate veggies – this way I get them in!

  16. That dress is cute. And this may sound inappropriate but your boobs look so perky in it! LOL Sorry, I just notice random things. 😀

    I had no clue you hadn’t tried green monsters yet! They are good, huh? And I love how much thicker they are. Because I’m like you and I need something to fill me up.

    And I do the SAME thing!!! I have this elaborate escape plan too, and I HAD to update it when M was born. Peter thinks I’m crazy. Probably doesn’t help that I love reading suspense novels.

    • hahaha thanks! when you have teenie boobies like me, compliments like that make you smile. 😉

  17. I can’t believe you just tried a green monster…that was actually my insiration to start my blog! So funny. I don’t make them that often, but man when I do…YUMMM!!!! THey are delish! ANd the color is growing on me. lol

    HEather @ http://www.forthehealthofit01.wordpress.com

  18. You’re dress is too cute, I love it! Have a great weekend at home with your family!

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