This is a post of some firsts
So I did it. The one posted on her website is for a post-workout (check-yes!) banana (every smoothie should have a banana base) and pumpkin (I LOVE this, even outside of Christmas time) concoction. Plus some green, of course. I didn't have everything, so the recipe below is my adaptation of Clair's adaptation.
My FIRST Greenie Meanie Green Monster
1 cup frozen spinach
1 quite ripe banana
*1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
14 drops liquid Stevia (because the yogurt has more flavor to sweeten than other milk products)
1 liberal dash of salt
1 good bit of pumpkin pie spice (because I never seem to have all of the necessary pumpkin flavors. I'm not sure what happens to them - sometimes I can find nutmeg in my cupboard, sometimes ground cloves, but never both that the same time)
I really love pumpkin so I added more after tasting it. It's all to taste, really.
Isn't that easy?? Just make sure you blend it well because you don't want to be chomping on the spinach. It's just there for health and base.
The other reason I was excited to try this is because I recently won a giveaway (also from Finding Clairity) and just yesterday got it in the mail! I got 3 bottles of liquid Stevia from Nu Naturals - vanilla, lemon and orange. Clair posts so many delicious looking recipes made healthier by using liquid Stevia instead of sugar and I have been dying to try them! I'm serious, you should go check out her recipes - they are amazing! Or so they sound/look. And she says so and I trust her completely. The Stevia was awesome - it did sweeten my smoothie. I'm not saying this was delish right off the bat - it definitely took a few bites to get use to. Around bite (yes, I keep saying bite because I ate it with a spoon. Again, thick Greek yogurt vs. another milk product will do this) 3 or 4 I started to come around. For my first attempt at a Green Monster I was very satisfied.
This is great for a post-workout beverage. The banana gives you the sugar and potassium, plus protein and calcium from the Greek yogurt - just straight health all around.
I know you don't really *want* to try it, but when I tell you that it tastes good, how could you not be curious enough to give it a whirl?
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