Shot of Greens

Green monsters are definitely a fantastic way to get some major nutrients in your body. BUT for those short on time I have found recently that a little “shot of greens” gives me amazing energy and seems to actually reduce my hunger all day long. I believe this is because our body is often craving nutrients and therefore we continue to eat trying to satisfy those requirements.

Greens like chlorella, spirulina, maca and so many more are fantastic for your body. I have been reading about them a lot over the past year in books from David Wolfe, Brendan Braizer (Vega) and in a new book from Peggy Kotsopoulos calledMust Have Been Something I Ate.  It’s all about how what you eat effects your energy, your skin, your sex life, your attitude and well you get the picture.

When referring to greens, I am talking about the powders you find near the protein at places like Whole Foods. Many of you started using Amazing Grass last year when Green Monsters became the big trend, but honestly I just never could stomach the taste.  These greens are a little different because they are not protein powders, they are truly sprouted greens, vitamins, algea, spirulina, and all kinds of good stuff you likely aren’t eating. 

The bottle says you can mix a scoop with 8oz of water, but even I am not that healthy…it’s a little like a glass of dirt.  Please note I am not recommending that these replace your daily intake of veggies, but instead add to it like a super shot.  The varieties that I use are all natural and often organic, so I am not concerned that they will create any body issues like a man-made vitamin has been shown to do.

A full serving is often 1 scoop, but for most of us that is WAY TOO MUCH to start out taking.  So instead start out with 1/4 scoop mixed in just a little almond milk or coconut water. It creates an energy shot! Take one in the morning and one in the evening. As your taste buds adjust you can increase the amount of the scoop.
Pictured here:Garden of Life Perfect Food Super Green Formulaand Greens Plus. I have also tried a few others, but right now prefer these two.

GREEN MONSTERS greenmonster
I was drinking a daily green monster for a very long time and truly still believe in the power of it to help restore your body. I stopped when I cut out bananas and started eating massive lunch time salads because I just wasn’t craving them as often. However, if you have time for them it’s another great place to drop in a little dose of green powder.

For those of you who have asked recently about Green Monsters here are a few tips:
When making a green monster you need to decide if it is a snack or meal because that determines how much protein you need. I often make mine with a scoop of Vega Whole Food Optimizer because it contains a lot of the afore mentioned ingredients plus protein and that way it holds me over a lot longer. 

Easy First Timers Monster – Get used to it being green while still having a really sweet wonderful smoothie
1 banana
1 cup vanilla almond milk
2 cups spinach
1 cup ice
1 tsp greens

Intermediate Green Monster – Feeling like you are ready to step it up a notch?
1/2 banana
1 cup vanilla almond milk
2 cups spinach
1 tsp maca
1 tsp greens
cucumber slices
a few sprouts (any kind will do)
1 cup ice (or water if you have a cruddy blender)

Advanced Green Monster – You’re used to the green, you don’t care if it is as sweet you just want major nutritional bang for your buck.
1/2 banana
1/2 cup original almond milk
1 cup water
1 cup spinach
1 cup kale
cucumber slices
1 scoop Vega Whole Food Optimizer

There are TONS of ways to mix up your green smoothie with yogurt, POM juice, berries and sooo much more…like broccoli. Yup you can totally throw it in and never taste it. Here are links to a few other Green Monster ideas (and weird but good smoothies) if you are interested in shaking up your routine or trying one out.

Have you used any green powders yet? Are you on the green monster kick?
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  1. says

    Hi Amanda,This is a great article and reminds me of W's origins. As you mentioned, the green powders and tablets do not taste great and are inconvenient (taking 7 pills a day ?). Your recipes and reader's comments call for mixing some fruit (i.e.: banana or apple juice) to balance out the flavor.That's what I did with W: Organic Wheat Grass and Organic Fruit Juice.I believe feedback has been great because W tastes great, provides great health benefits and is convenient.Let me know what you think. See you at the Run Club.Best,RodrigoW Organics, LLC.

  2. says

    I was on a green monster kick forever until bananas started irritating my stomach BIG TIME. Can't eat them anymore and I just can't get the right consistency in a smoothie without them. :(Have not tried greens powders but this sounds like a great alternative.Another awesome informative post!

  3. says

    I have been enjoying green smoothies for years. Usually use up the ends of the fresh spinach bags this way.I bought some 'amazing grass' last year in a sampler pack so I could try the different flavors. Mostly I don't care for any of it.

  4. says

    Spinach definitely works for me in smoothies, but the other green monster trends were not pleasing to my taste buds. This sounds like a great product and I love the recipes! thanks for sharing.I'm curious why you cut out bananas? Adding a banana a day is what cured my severe cramping (I know, they say there are better sources of potassium, but something IS magical about bananas), and they really make me feel great. Just curious, as I've noticed a trend to cutting out sweeter fruits.

  5. says

    Thanks for the tips! I have not previously tried these powders. I normally have a giant salad at lunch as well, but have had some unfortunate dental work lately and have REALLY missed my crunchy nutrition. It's true – I'm hungry all the time because of the lack of nutrients! This will help very much!!


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