Before a day of celebrating and an evening of trick-or-treating, fuel your little ones with a nourishing 4-Ingredient Monster Green Smoothie! It’s a fun and festive blend of simple, wholesome ingredients — and it actually tastes delicious!
I have shared a lot of smoothies on this blog, but it has taken me years to post a GREEN smoothie recipe! After all, I had to be really sure that my green smoothie would not only taste amazing, but that the kids would eat it! When a beverage is the color of a scary green monster, you know that it better be GOOD!
Smoothies have become so darn complicated these days. From supplements like collagen to protein powders, chia seeds, and nut butters…the list of potential “add-ins” is totally out of control! Not that there’s anything inherently wrong with that stuff — I just don’t think it’s necessary for my kids. Instead, I stick with the high-quality basics that I know will nourish their active bodies with natural ingredients and a variety of vitamins and nutrients.
This Monster Green Smoothie takes advantage of 4 staples that we always have in our kitchen, which means that I can whip it up on any busy morning. Five minutes later, the boys (and I) can be sipping on a thick, creamy, and sweet blend of fruits, veggies, and Horizon Organic milk.
Horizon’s milk is a good choice for our family and for the environment. The milk comes from cows not given growth hormones or antibiotics, raised on farms that follow sustainable organic practices. Plus, with 8 grams of protein in every 8 ounce serving, it adds extra staying-power to the green smoothie!
Frozen banana, baby spinach leaves, and orange juice round out the list. There’s no added sugar necessary, since the fruit and fruit juice gives the green smoothie just the right amount of natural sweetness. The KEY to a thick, creamy, milkshake-like consistency is definitely the FROZEN banana. Don’t skip that part! I like to slice overripe bananas whenever I find them on my counter, stash them in individual plastic baggies, and freeze them for green smoothie mornings!
The baby spinach adds an obvious nutritional boost, but it also lends a green tint to the drink. You can take it from these guys: there’s NO HINT of spinach taste in the finished product!
The boys love this monster-themed breakfast (no matter what time of year I serve it), and they certainly never complain about consuming their veggies in this form! It’s a fun way to incorporate leafy greens into another meal!
Keep your mornings simple, easy, fast, and soul-satisfying with a nutrient-dense smoothie to start the day!
And for a bit of added fun on the holiday, definitely try a candy eyeball garnish in your child’s green smoothie. It’s a simple touch that makes this treat spooky enough for Halloween!
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4-Ingredient Monster Green Smoothie
4-Ingredient Monster Green Smoothie
Yield 2 smoothies
1 cup Horizon Organic milk (I used 2% milk)
1 cup packed baby spinach leaves
½ cup orange juice
2 medium frozen bananas (sliced before freezing)
½ cup ice, if desired for a thicker consistency
Optional garnish: candy eyes
Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and puree until smooth. Serve immediately and garnish with candy eyes, if desired.
Serving Size 1 smoothie
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 3 g
Saturated Fat 1.7 g
Cholesterol 10 mg
Sodium 92 mg
Total Carbohydrates 40.7 g
Dietary Fiber 3.7 g
Sugars 26 g
Protein 7.1 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon. The opinions and text are all mine.