Two of my favourites are…
Up until now I’ve only ever included leafy green spinach and zucchini in my green monsters. I figured anything else might be a bit too harsh/savoury. Tina is always adding kale to her smoothies which look and sound incredible and seen as I’m a huge kale fan, never without a big jumbo bag at hand, it was about time I gave it a go smoothie style.
Kale in one hand, new love Vanilla Sunwarrior Protein in the other, I was ready to get blending. I went with the classic of mango, banana and almond milk. A little maple to sweeten and all it was missing was a sprinkling of toppings.
As a kid I was a big cereal fan, they were a breakfast and supper staple. I then went a bit cereal mad during my binge eating period of my eating disorder and never really trusted myself to eat it after that; I didn’t have any strong desires to either as it had kind of been tainted. Then I realised that wheat was playing a major part in my digestive discomfort/balloon like stomach and so the majority of cereal standbys, were put even further out of my reach.
Now that I’ve gotten over all the food restriction foods once tainted are no more and I’ve been seeing so much cereal all over other bloggers posts (namely Courtney who’s a big fan!) that I was developing a bit of a craving. Anyway after much digressing I will get back to my point…the smoothie toppings! I picked myself up a box of buckwheat flakes! I didn’t even know such a thing existed but I guess you never know until you go purposefully looking.
Dried Mango, dried chewy banana and fresh mango chunks accompanied the buckwheat flakes making for an interesting savoury, sweet, smooth, juicy, crunchy and chewy smoothie topping! One or the other just wouldn’t be enough!
After the success of my blueberry smoothie in my new favourite bowl I could think of no better vessel for this baby! Bright green, thick and creamy, the kale worked wonderfully. Dare I say I think I may have actually preferred it to spinach, but I’ll have to have a few more before I’m sure.
Kale or Spinach, which do you add to your green monsters?
Vegan Kale Mango Green Monster
Servings – 1 (approx. 2 cups)
Preparation Time – 5 minutes
- 300ml (1 1/4 cup) almond milk
- 1 cup fresh mango diced
- 1 small frozen banana
- 1 scoop Vanilla Sunwarrior Protein (or whatever protein powder you choose to use)
- 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 handfuls of kale
- 4-5 pieces dried chewy banana
- 4-5 pieces dried mango
- 1 tbsp buckwheat flakes (or cereal of choice)
- 1 tbsp fresh mango chunks
- Blend together all smoothie ingredients until deliciously smooth and creamy (about 2-3 minutes).
- Serve topped cereal, dried and fresh fruits in your bowl of choice. Yum!