Green Monster Smoothie

Ever since the first time I heard of a green monster smoothie I was intrigued.  How could a smoothie with this much spinach in it not taste like, well, spinach?  I see variations of these green smoothies all the time on food blogs and healthy living blogs and everyone swears you cannot taste the spinach.  Don’t get me wrong, I do like the taste of spinach; it’s just not something I would have thought would be good in a smoothie.

But after making these delicious green monster smoothies, I can say that it’s true- aside from the pretty green color it imparts, you really cannot tell that there is spinach in these smoothies.  But it’s there (and lots of it too- 3 cups!).  It’s a great addition because it bumps up the nutrition factor, providing lots of calcium, vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, and potassium.  This smoothie is so refreshing.  I love the flavors of pineapple, pear, citrus, and bananas, and the honey adds a touch of sweetness.  The next time you are looking for a healthy snack or breakfast treat, try this smoothie recipe!

Green Monster Smoothie

(print recipe)


  • 1 banana (frozen or not), cut into chunks
  • 1 cup chopped frozen pineapple
  • 1 pear, coarsely chopped
  • 1½ cups orange juice
  • 3 cups baby spinach leaves, rinsed and dried
  • 1-2 tbsp. honey
  • 3 tbsp. ground flaxseed (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until completely smooth.
  2. Taste and adjust sweetness with additional honey, if desired.  Serve immediately.

Yield: 2-3 servings

Source: Annie’s Eats

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4 Responses to “Green Monster Smoothie”

  1. 1 Anonymous August 3, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Wow, agreen monster smoothie, sounds interesting.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. 2 Hannah @ The Pumpkin Patch August 4, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Love Green Monsters! I felt the same way you did until finally trying one last year. I make mine with skim milk and fat-free Greek yogurt, which makes them more like a milkshake and ups the protein. The best part is you can experiment with so many different ingredients!

  3. 3 livinglearningeating August 6, 2011 at 5:18 AM

    I love green monsters! I had a tasty one this morning: :)

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