Mango “Green Monster” and other smoothies

When I came back from Cuba, I was unbelievably bloated and literally felt like I had gained 10 pounds.

10 pounds in one week is A LOT!

Now, I don’t know whether I had really gained that much, as I refused to step on the scale to find out. All I know is I’d *ahem* let loose while I was there and my body had suffered the consequences. Big time. One can’t go having Pina Coladas and Mojitos, and Margaritas, and Cappuccinos and tons of sweet cakes and cookies every day without paying some kind of price.

In short, I needed to give my body a rest and eat light for a couple of weeks.

So I swapped my usual morning cereal, my precious habitual overnight oats, for all kinds of these:

While I really do miss my precious oats, I must admit that I’ve had a lot of fun playing with all sorts of different kinds of smoothie combinations. Protein shakes for breakfast and snacks are certainly in order at for the moment, so I think I will keep doing that for a couple more weeks. It’s only too bad that I tend to make them in the morning just before I leave for work and don’t really have time to take decent pictures.

I’ll have to change that and make a few on the week-end also. Maybe make them in advance, why not? That way I can share with you all.

At any rate, I expect there will be more coming soon, because I  I have a few in mind already that I want to experiment with, namely Drinkable Apple Pie, Drinkable Pumpkin Pie, Gingerbread Cookie, Green Melon Mint Bubble Tea Monster, Orange Julep and Chocolate Hazelnut, to name a few.

I’m not sure I’ll manage to make and photograph all of those in the next few weeks, but I sure will try my darnest.

Hey, maybe I’ll have to open a Smoothie Factory. Or have a little smoothie stand in front of my house, like kids do… Sell my smoothies for 25¢ a piece! ;)

Alright, that’s enough silliness for one night! Let’s move on to the recipes, shall we?

Here are some of the smoothies that I’ve been enjoying in the last week.

MANGO “GREEN MONSTER”

INGREDIENTS
Serves 1

  • ½ fresh mango
  • 75g fresh baby spinach
  • ½ cup unsweetened soy milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla flavored whey protein

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add all ingredients to food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Transfer to serving glass and garnish with a few mint leaves and mango slices.

 

MANGO/RASPBERRY FROZEN SMOOTHIE

INGREDIENTS
Serves 1

  • ½ fresh mango
  • 150g frozen raspberries
  • ½ cup unsweetened soy milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla flavored whey protein

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add all ingredients to food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Transfer to serving glass and garnish with a few mint leaves and raspberries.

 

 

BLACK CHERRY WHEYLESS PROTEIN SHAKE

INGREDIENTS
Serves 1

  • ½ cup egg whites
  • 150g fresh cherries
  • ½ banana
  • ½ cup unsweetened soy milk
  • ¼ cup 0% fat Greek yogurt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a mixing bowl or mixer, whisk the egg whites to until foamy and stiff in consistency; set aside. Reserve a dollop to garnish, if desired.
  2. Meanwhile, add the rest of the ingredients to your food processor and process until smooth.
  3. Fold into foamy egg whites and delicately mix until well combined.
  4. Transfer to serving glass and garnish with reserved egg white “meringue”, a whole cherry and a few mint leaves.

 

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Comments

  1. says

    This post is right on time! I’ve been searching high and low for some green smoothies that look good too. I’ve been wanting to try one. Now you’ve given me several options with this post. Can’t wait to see some of your other concoctions.

    • says

      Thanks Anna. That one still is at the “crazy inspiration twirling deep inside my mind” stage, but I really can’t wait to put it to the test. I’m a big fan of bubble tea, and despite Tapioca Pearl not being the healthiest choice, I think it can’t hurt to make a healthier version of a bubble tea, one that I could enjoy without feeling guilty all the way… just maybe one quarter of the way. Or even one eight! ;)

      Stay tuned… it will happen! :D

  2. says

    Smoothies = awesomeness and a great way to sneak in veggies, fruits etc. If you can make a green smoothie look incredibly appetizing, you got some crazy photo skills!! But I already knew that :) I love “green monsters” and this mango version looks gorgeous, and the other two are beautiful as well!
    The last one with cherries looks like a indulgent milkshake – how did you do that?!?!
    Drool…

    • says

      Awww, Nora, you so made my day! Two super nice comments back to back, I am flushed! I’m not sure I’ve got crazy photo skills, though… I think it’s more to do with crazy food obsession! I just want people to see food the way I see it! :D Looks like the magic is working for you, and that makes me real happy! :D :D :D

    • says

      Spinach in smoothies are just the best. They add so much nutrients, have a gorgeous colour and, since you can’t really taste them all that much, you can add them to just about any smoothie. They seem to just disappear in anything chocolate, so that’s always a very good choice for a first try! ;)

  3. says

    While all 3 look absolutely divine, I have to say I’m biased to the Green Monster and my love for them! If you don’t mind my asking, approximately how many “chunks” were there in the fabulous thing? I’m afraid I don’t have any fresh, only frozen mango. You probably can’t remember, ahah!
    You’re photography skills are terrific, by the way. Much better than I could do; they look really professional! Have a nice day :)

    • says

      Thank you Cai! You’re right, I don’t really remember how many chunks that was, but fruit additions in a smoothie are generally around 75g to 125g. You can’t really use too much or too little, it’s a question of taste, really. Start with a handful, and add more if you feel it’s not enough! :)

  4. says

    What a fantastic post! And gorgeous pics…thanks so much for sharing Anna!

    Pinned, Tweeted & Shared – our dessert whey protein is going to pair great with these fantastic recipes :).

    Now we’re inspired to make a Chocolate Cherry Kiss shake tonight!

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