Monday, June 15, 2009

Monster Morning

This weekend I decided to try something different for breakfast instead of the normal oats. We keep our house at 74 degrees (which I looooove), but it gets a little toasty in my bedroom at night. So I wanted something cool and refreshing in the morning. Immediately I knew I wanted to try a green monster! I have them for "snacks" almost everyday, but I was anxious to see how this filled me up for brekkie (I had lots of yard work to do - wahoo!). I added almond butter for the first time, hoping that would help.

In the mix:

  • Handful (or two) of kale leaves
  • 1/3 cup vanilla non-fat yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 4 or 5 strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons almond butter
  • handful of ice cubes

You caught me! I've always been a bowl/beater (and I guess now blender?) licker. I want to get every last drop of this stuff!!
(It actually made more than this glass...but I took a big ole' gulp before snapping this picture).

The almond butter made it so smooth and creamy!! More like a "milkshake" consistency than "slushie." I couldn't really taste the almond butter, but it made a definite difference in texture.

How did it hold me over?

Pretty well, I'd say! I was hungry about 3-4 hours later, which is about how I am with my oats in the morning.
I wish I could make these more often for breakfast, but I have to say I missed "eating" something. I tend to gulp the GMs down so quickly, but oats take me awhile and I like that.

Do you always eat the same breakfast? Do you ever have smoothies/GMs for meals?

Edited to add:

Today I am thankful for:

- Tofu.
- Hanging out with my girls tonight.
- Not a lot of traffic coming into work!


Erica said...

I still haven't tried these monsters- but they sound awesome. I love the addition of nut butter because I think I'd prefer a more milkshake vs. smoothie texture. Hope you got allll your yard work done :)

Fitzalan said...

We know I am a creature of habit when it comes to meals but I have at least started bringing in the green monster in to the breakfast routine. I definitely miss eating something. If I am really hungry, I will add a Kashi frozen waffle so I have something to eat along with the green monster.

I think adding any nut butter to gm make them taste like heaven. okay, lets be honest....pb makes everything better. How (why) did we ban that amazing product from our lives for so long?!
Happiness Awaits

Kristen Mullane said...

Oh man I love smoothies! I'm thinking of treating myself to a better blender because of my recent increase in smoothie consumption. :) I've been using the same $15 one since freshman year on college...8 years ago!

I don't always eat the same thing for breakfast..I'll usually mix it up between cereal w/ milk & a hard-boiled egg, a breakfast cookie with yogurt and fruit on top, or a big bow; of yogurt and fruit. I've been keeping a bunch of hard boiled eggs on hand for a quick snack or addition to a meal. Gotta get that extra protein!

Kristen Mullane said...

OH! and BTW, I also try to get every last drop out of the blender, haha. Sometimes I'll just drink it like your picture, or I'll get out a spatula and wipe that sucker clean!

carla said...

Ive never ever added that to a shake.
Im stuck in a spinach rut.

No mo'

Kim said...

I've got to try making a green monster! I just have oats everyday.

Nicole said...

Never had a monster. I've never had nut butter & i dont drink smoothies for BK.= FAIL! ha ha ha

I'll take a saussage mcmuffin with cheese hold the egg & a soda from Mcdonalds HA HA HA!=FAIL

Sounds like a busy day for you lady! :) Hope it went well

I'm thankful for:
good days at work
people that dont drive like idiots
the sunshine

Anonymous said...

HAAAA face in the blender?! Love it!!

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