Spinach Monster

Happy Tuesday!

How goes it? I am feeling incredibly energized and full of life after a gigantic Green Monster this morning!


Combo this morning included:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop Sun Warrior brown rice protein
  • 1 scoop naturally more pb
  • 1 cup almond breeze
  • 4 cups organic spinach
  • big handful fresh blueberries

I loved the addition of the blueberries! This Green Monster was delish-nutrish. However, Ryan was not thrilled because there was no spinach left for his Green Monster and he had to use the last of the kale, which is just not as good. He was quite frustrated that I finished off the entire bag of spinach but I assured him I would buy more today so he could have his ultimate green smoothie tomorrow. Little did Ryan know three years ago that he would soon be drinking his green every morning and filling up on almond milk and fresh veggies. Muhahaha 😉

Of course after chugging down the smoothie I was shivering in my bones so I made a nice, hot cup of Tazo apricot white tea to warm up:

I’m getting ready to head to the gym now for a combo of elliptical and swimming. Then, at noon, I am meeting my mom for lunch for some Vietnamese lovin’. See you in a bit!

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  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    June 9, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Lovin’ the green monster, of course! 😀

    For the kale, do you add stems and all? I’ve noticed that when I add the stems, it’s kind of bitter and “green” tasting. But without the stems, it’s more similair to the spinach. 😀

    Have fun at lunch with your mom!!

  • Help Meghan Run
    June 9, 2009 at 8:33 am

    I’m surprised your berries didn’t turn the smoothie brown! 🙂 Mine always do. But that looks great, I might try that exact recipe.

    Check out the Adora Calcium giveaway on my blog!

  • Tammy (Defining Wellness)
    June 9, 2009 at 8:34 am

    I didn’t realize that even Ryan was drinking the green monsters! If boys are drinkin them, they must be good! Time for me to jump on the bandwagon with my husband.

  • Madison
    June 9, 2009 at 8:36 am

    -I love the green monsters! They are very refreshing and satisfying…and I get cold too afterwards and have to drink some coffee.
    -That is so great Ryan drinks the monsters too. Once you go GREEN, you never go back, right?

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    June 9, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm what an awesome breakfastttt! I LOVE it. I’m now wishing I had a GM for breakfast too!! Gotta love blended greens. Hahaha, never thought I’d say that either!

    Have a great day!

  • K
    June 9, 2009 at 8:45 am

    Haha! That’s too funny that Ryan was upset for not having a genuine green monster! You’ve rubbed off on him 😉

    Have a great day!

  • Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian)
    June 9, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Ohhh I had a green monster this morning too, and it was delish! I love that you are rubbing off on Ryan – I am doing the same for family and friends. It’s so great when they realize blended greens CAN taste good 🙂

  • Jess.
    June 9, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Ha. I just tried blueberries (and oats actually). Very tastey. So glad i discovered the green monsters. they fill me up and give me tons of energy!

  • Jocelyn
    June 9, 2009 at 9:11 am

    You musta used a whole lot of spinach girl…the berries usually brown mine up too lol 😛 looks good!

  • Emily (Healthy Fit Mama)
    June 9, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Wow – sounds like your healthy habits have really rubbed off on Ryan! 😀

    Have a great lunch!

  • katie s
    June 9, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Everytime I see that glass, Jenna, I get antsy to go up to Maine for some blueberry beer!! Haha, and I of course wish I myself had a Sea Dog glass!! The Green Monster looks awesome this morning!

  • Sarah
    June 9, 2009 at 9:19 am

    That is so great! I don’t know if I’ll ever get my husband to do green monsters but I’m hopeful that someday he will be a healthier eater than he is right now 🙂

  • rhodeygirl
    June 9, 2009 at 9:27 am

    what a change in ryan!! that’s awesome!

  • Lacey
    June 9, 2009 at 9:27 am

    I like your petty tea mug.

  • brandi
    June 9, 2009 at 9:37 am

    yum! I have some blueberries I should put in mine, too.

    that’s so funny that he was made you finished off the spinach 🙂

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    June 9, 2009 at 9:43 am

    I love the bright green color of your smoothie – Must be the 4 cups of spinach! What a power breakfast 🙂

  • Nicole
    June 9, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Ha! It’s very funny that Ryan was upset there was so spinach left for his green monsters! I’ve still got to give them a try.

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    June 9, 2009 at 9:47 am

    great breakfast! My Mister loves green monsties, too! so funny how our healthy habits influence our men 🙂

  • Jenna
    June 9, 2009 at 9:50 am

    🙂 I absolutely love the fact you have changed Ryan’s eating habits!! Brillant and quite hilarious! Boys are so weird about eating so much junk food!

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    June 9, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Haha – love seeing healthy changes in men that they would never expect!!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    June 9, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Blueberries are so delicious in green smoothies! Blackberries are also so yummy! You should try freezing them overnight… it makes the smoothie somewhat thicker and (I think) more tasty. And that’s hilarious about Ryan. You taught him well! 😀

  • ryan
    June 9, 2009 at 9:59 am

    4 CUPS???????????????????? Are you serious? you said it was only 2. who needs 4 cups anyway? what the hell, kale tastes like crap compared to the spinach! From now on I will refer to them as Greedy Monsters for hogging all the spinach dammit! Kale blows!

  • Shannon
    June 9, 2009 at 10:01 am

    That is too funny that Ryan is hooked on the spinach! I don’t think my boyfriend would everrr even want to attempt that. Ryan is definitely a keeper! 🙂 Have a pretty day!

  • RJ
    June 9, 2009 at 10:09 am

    I got the green monster bug! Hubby is looking on in an interested way but I am lucky. He will eat whatever is put in front of him! Just wanted to ask, why frozen banana? For the chill of it? I just use a regular one?! ok one other thing. Do you read or know of any blogs similar in ethos based in the UK? I can’t get my paws on a lot of the brands that you enjoy, over here in Scotland. I bought some almond milk at the weekend. £2.35 for a litre. YIKES! Compared to under £1 for soya milk, might not be a habit I want to take up.

  • ryan
    June 9, 2009 at 10:10 am

    thanks K, real nice. No I did not have a child at age 7, but apparently your brain is still stuck in second grade.

  • K
    June 9, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Hi Jenna. I’d like to apologize for the weird question left in your comments last night about you and Ryan. That was not from ME, but one of my lovely (sometimes immature) guy friends who was over last night. I left my laptop open to your blog, and when he used my computer, he apparently felt it necessary to leave a dumb comment on your blog. Sorry! I would never ask a question like that myself. I love your blog and think you and Ryan are cute together!

  • Coco Knudson
    June 9, 2009 at 10:30 am

    mmm! I made the same green monster (sans the nut butter and sub jay robb for sun warrior). Isn’t the addition of blueberries divine. I loveeeeee this concoction! Have a good workout and lunch!!

  • Island Girl Eats
    June 9, 2009 at 10:45 am

    I like to look after my guy too. Left to his own devices, I think that he would eat at KFC!

  • Bec
    June 9, 2009 at 10:50 am

    I love the tea mug, have a great lunch with your mom!

  • Matt
    June 9, 2009 at 11:05 am

    I could totally go for some Pho right now… Enjoy lunch!

  • april
    June 9, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Love the green monster! Have a great day!

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    June 9, 2009 at 11:21 am

    looks very good! this weekend for sure- I am going to make one!!
    haha you took the last of the spinach- I would totally do that too hehehe

    have a good one!

  • Suzanne
    June 9, 2009 at 11:31 am

    haha the only reason ya’ll like spinach so much is because you CANT taste it in the GM! Kale has hella stronger taste but if you put less and a touch of agave, it’s not too bad! And I always think it’s much better to switch things up a bit to get the nutrition your body needs. haha too funny with ryan’s comments.

  • Maria
    June 9, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Hehe boys just try to seem macho, but really can learn to love the same stuff we do (green smoothies?!).

    I tend to get cold easily, especially in the morning too, but I’m going to try drinking a green monster for breakfast sometime, and maybe drink some hot tea afterwards ;).

  • Katherine
    June 9, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Haha sounds like you’ve definitely got Ryan hooked on the Monsters, awesome! Regarding the kale, I agree with one of the other commenters – if you cut the stems out, the kale isn’t as bitter. Maybe give that a shot? 🙂

  • Johanna B
    June 9, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Hi Jenna, just gave you a shout out on my new born blog. Your blog was instrumental in a recent life change and I thought I’d let you know. I’ve been interested in raw foods since you and a friend went to a raw foods restaurant and bought Any Phyo’s book.

  • Johanna B
    June 9, 2009 at 11:47 am

    My blog is so new I haven’t memorized the URL yet. Got it wrong in my last comment. I’m trying again.

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now
    June 9, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Have fun at your Vietnamese lunch!

  • Jo @ Seeking Healthy Balance
    June 9, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Hey Jenna, I have become a GM addict now too, I never expected they could taste so nice! If you fancy checking my blog out I am running my first ever giveaway for a selection of my favourite bars xx

  • Stacey
    June 9, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Haha. That happened to me this weekend, I finished up the last of the spinach and Jason came in and said (in a whiny voice) “Where’s mineeee?” Lol….never thought I’d hear those words leave his mouth!! Yay for green monster converts 🙂

  • Jocelyn
    June 9, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    bahahah @ Ryan
    greedy monsters.

  • Sammie
    June 9, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Way to go Ryan enjoying those Green Monsters. I am not sure I would be daring enough to try it with kale.
    I hope you have a lovely lunch.

  • beerab
    June 9, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    It’s so nice when your SO likes the healthy stuff! When I started my “lifestyle change” my husband wasn’t so into it. Finally one day I sat him down and told him the way he eats I’m afraid I’m going to be a widow in my forties. He’d already started gaining and went up to 210 lbs. You’d think for someone who is 6’3″ that’s not overweight but it was. He said he’d try harder and I try hard to make food he’ll enjoy. Since then he’s lost 10 lbs and I’ve lost 20. Last night when I made grilled zucchini, cordon bleu’s and potatoes, he ate the zucchini first- I was so proud 😀 He says he’s looking forward to FISH tonight! FISH! This coming from a man who swore he always hated fish! 😀

  • Elina (Healthy and Sane)
    June 9, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    The green monster looks delicious. I’ve never tried adding peanut butter to mine – this is totally going to be my breakfast tomorrow 🙂
    Hey, if you have a minute, check out my Holey Donuts giveaway.. I bet Ryan would like them too 😀

  • Emily L.
    June 9, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    How are Tazo’s white teas? I love most Tazo teas, but I’ve never tried that apricot one.

  • Debbie(Green Apple A Day)
    June 9, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    I love your mug! It’s so cute 🙂

  • Saima
    June 9, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    hehe….it was kinda funny abt Ryan being frustrated abt the spinach! 🙂

  • Kathleen
    June 11, 2009 at 6:30 pm


    I started reading your blog after your post on Kath’s and I check it several times a day, I love it!