Though delicious, green monster smoothies do not look appetizing. Not even a little bit.

To be honest, they remind me a bit of Slimer from Ghost Busters…


Or Gak (remember that goopy stuff used to slime people on Nickelodeon?)…


As ugly as they are, green monsters sure do taste G-O-O-D.

I had one of these heinously delicious smoothies for breakfast and now feel awake and aliiiive.

I'm Ugly, But Tasty!

I swear there’s something about a green monster that makes me feel rejuvenated.

Triple G: Goopy Green Goodness


Stealing Ryan's Cup for My Smoothie

My green monster contained:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • Two large handfuls fresh spinach
  • 1 scoop All the Whey chocolate peanut butter cup protein powder
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. Bob’s Red Mill xanthan gum
  • 4 ice cubes
  • Ice cold water


I downed this smoothie following a 5 mile run with Sadie this morning. I think our run made me extra hungry because after a quick shower, I enjoyed a small second *much prettier* breakfast.

Second Breakfast

For breakfast number two, I topped a cup of Dannon Greek yogurt with fresh raspberries and blueberries.

Pretty Berries

Fresh Berries + Greek Yogurt

I think berries are the most beautiful food on the planet. Their vibrant colors, interesting shapes and juicy appearance make them oh-so-attractive. (I’m alsoloving that berries are on sale right now!)

Sometimes one breakfast just ain’t enough! 😉

Question of the Day

What food do you love that’s completely unattractive?

I think my plate on Thanksgiving is perhaps the ugliest sight in the world. I love to stir everything together – the turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas and stuffing – until my plate basically looks like vomit. It’s so good, but looks so gross.

29 Responses

  1. Ha I am right there with you on the Thanksgiving plate. So ugly! And, my husband does that with most meals – just throws everything together.

  2. I agree berries are beautiful and tasty! I love summer b/c all the fruit tastes amazing.

    But on the otherhand, tasty foods can look unattractive too 🙂 I think my favorite food that looks nasty but so good is shepards pie. It sounds so nasty too, but so good!

  3. Yep– my green monsters look JUST like the slime from the old school Nickolodeon shows! Ha! But I’m with you– they make me feel SO rejuvenated!

  4. I love baked beans and I also think they look well they look bleck! But man are they yummy

  5. I love green monster, but always seem to get weird looks when I drink them ;).

    I am a picky eater so sometimes weird-looking things scare me off. I should work on that.

  6. My protein pancakes are the pancake version of your green monster. They contain spinach which is definitely tasteless but the green hue of a pancake is a little disturbing.

  7. Yogurt messes always look gross but taste oh so good!

  8. I absolutely adore green monsters too! And I agree, they look awful. In fact green monster oats look the worst, but YUM!

  9. gak! omg! love your throwbacks on the blog 😉

    2 bfasts are absolutely necessary after hard cardio sessions. or 1 monstrous bfast lol

  10. I’m a big time mash everything into one pile on Thanksgiving! Its much better that way!

  11. another nod to the t-day plate. My brother HATES that I mix all the goodies… but comeon, how fun is it to make mashed tater mountains with pea trees and gravy volcanos??!!
    no-bake cookies kind of look like fibrous cow patties, haha

  12. I think mussels and clams are pretty ugly but they taste yummy!

  13. Most of the GMs I make look absolutely repulsive. But I heart them anyways….

  14. I am going to make this smoothie right now! I love green monster smoothies, they are so yummy! Such a great post workout treat!

    I would say my green oats I have look yuck but are so good!!!!! Have a great day!

  15. And then there’s the time when the green monster comes out in all sorts of unsightly shades of green.

    Anytime you make a stew or a soup, someone’s gonna raise an eyebrow.

  16. This is off topic, but I saw this recipe and thought of you!

  17. Ha – I started adding spinach to our shakes in the morning. At first I started on the light side so my husband wouldn’t know and then when I was sure it hadn’t changed the taste I let him in on the secret and started adding more and more. Ours are pretty green now 🙂

  18. Green monsters are the BEST 😀 I have had so many people ask me “what the heck you are drinking?!” Especially with all of the job switching- it always strikes up quite the conversation. And then they think it’s disgusting, but I just swear to them that they MUST try it before they can knock it. 😉
    As for disgusting food- probably when I mix mashed potatos with peas & ground turkey & ketchup. Absolutely delightful, but rather unsightful.
    Hope you have a GREAT week!!

  19. My Thanksgiving dinner plate usually looks a little disturbing, too!
    I just recently ordered the Livin’ Spoonful crackers, which the hubby tells me looks like I’m eating “sheets of bird seed” 😉

  20. My bf looks at my morning green monster like it’s the most vile thing on the planet, but then he goes to work at Nickelodeon, so I just tell him it’s his fault cause he MUST get slimed at work and I’m just jealous. He knows they are delicious though, just won’t admit it:)
    And let’s be honest, sausage links look pretty nasty but every once in a while they hit the spot!

  21. oh AND what I really meant to ask you is what exactly does xantham gum do?! I think you mentioned it once before, but I can’t remember 🙂

  22. Berries are my favorite, too! I love blueberries and blackberries. Sometimes, raspberries are a little tart. Better for making into a tart! 🙂

  23. Hmm.. gross looking foods? my green smoothies might top the list…. i love the other foods i eat too much to think they look gross maybe? haha

  24. hummus isn’t exactly the prettiest thing either, looks like mush and poop but it’s good 🙂

  25. green monsters do make me feel all fresh…just don’t always keep me full for long

  26. LOL!! So lastnight i used Bob’s Red Mill xanthan gum in my shake.. And i used 1 TBSP! Instead of 1tsp.. Yeah.. It was this crazy jello thickness.. I kept thinking “How the heck does Julie do this?!?! No wonder why she eats it with a spoon” I re-read your ingredients to your shake just now.. Um.. yeah. you use just a tsp… HAHAHA!! Lesson learned!! Atleast it filled me up!

  27. I had my first Green Monster this morning!! It was yummy!! It made me feel soo alive:-) Which is good because…it is my last day of school!! SUMMER BREAK!!

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