Green Monster (vegan, paleo, gluten-free)

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I had to make something green for you for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s somewhat (but not entirely) coincidental that this grass-green smoothie is excellent for hangover recovery.

Remember how you used to drink in college? You’d knock back some obscene amount of alcohol and wake up most mornings with nothing more than a headache and a vague feeling of nausea that could be quickly squelched with pancakes doused in lots of syrup and some good, strong coffee. Then, suddenly, you turned 25 and more than two glasses of wine meant you probably woke up feeling like you wanted to die.

Or at least, that’s how it worked for me. I don’t go out very much any more, but when I do, it’s almost always a mistake. My body needs some TLC the next day.

And that’s where this smoothie comes in. Bright green and incredibly good for you, it’s the perfect drink for after St. Patrick’s Day. It’s full of power foods like spinach, kale, chia seeds, and cinnamon, plus banana and almond milk for staying power. It’s a great breakfast or even mid-day snack, possibly post-workout when you are feeling a little depleted.

This recipe can be found both on Angela Liddon’s Oh She Glows website and in her new cookbook! I discovered her blog ages ago, forgot about it, and then recently rediscovered it. Though I’m definitely not a vegan (eggs and cheese for me!) her blog is a great resource for anyone looking to eat more plant-based foods.

And don’t worry, it doesn’t taste weird — it mostly tastes like the banana and almond butter, which is an awesome combination. The greens just add a little brightness…and they make you feel virtuous, so that’s always a plus.

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Classic Green Monster
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 1 cup greens (spinach or baby kale both work well)
  • 1 banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp chia or flax seeds
  • pinch cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients, in that order, to a blender. Liquify until smooth. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. * For a nut-free option, the almond butter can be replaced with about 1 cup of frozen mango with delicious results.
  2. * Feel free to add a few ice cubes if you like.
By Angela Liddon
Adapted from Oh She Glows
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