[Recipes] The Green Ginger Monster Protein Smoothie
Go GREEN and let a waterfall of heavenly ripples cascade down your throat. The Green Ginger Monster is a radiant, light, uber-refreshing protein smoothie that’s cracking with an explosive, ginger-sparked zing.
Between its potent combo of whey protein, spirulina (a blue-green algae that’s ~60% protein and loaded with carotenoids + antioxidants), ginger, spinach, cinnamon, and green apple, it’s absolutely STACKED with 100% lean liquid nutrition. And unlike most fruit-based smoothies, it’s not laced with an obnoxious sugar count; which makes it a svelte option whenever, wherever.
For a modest 310 calories, the Green Ginger Monster packs an ENORMOUS 42g of protein and 6g of fiber, with a mellow 19g of sugar (from an apple). And if you’re looking for nutrient dense, this might be as dense as any smoothie comes — it’s gushing with iron (50%), calcium (70%), antioxidants, and vitamins A/B12/C/D/E/K.
Chug it post-workout to kickstart the growth and recovery process — ginger acts as a stealthy workout warrior that can help reduce muscle soreness — blend it up first thing to turbocharge your day (in, like, 3 minutes), or make it whenever as a lean, belly-busting snack. It’s a killer way to fuel new muscle growth, cut weight, lean up for summer, or detox after a wicked hangover.
The Green Ginger Monster — Ingredients
*Makes 1 BIG smoothie. Feel free to split it up into 2.
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut almond milk (I use Califia Farms) — or choose any other milk variety as a base.
- 1.5 scoops unflavored or vanilla whey protein (I use NOW unflavored) — any vanilla or unflavored variety works; use our protein powder guide if you’re looking to buy a jug. You can also adjust this # up/down depending on your own protein needs.
- 1 green apple
- 1 cup spinach
- 1″ sliced ginger
- 1 tsp. spirulina (I use Pure Hawaiian) — it’s available dried in bulk on Amazon.
- A few shakes of cinnamon
- 2 ice cubes
The Green Ginger Monster — Make It
Time: 5 Minutes.
- (1) Throw everything in a blender.
- (2) If you’ve got a variable speed blender, like a Vitamix, start on low and work your way up slowly to top power.
- (3) Chug.
- Calories — 310
- Total Fat — 3.5g
- Carbs — 28g
- Sugar — 19g
- Fiber — 6g
- Protein — 42g
- Vitamin A — 300%
- Vitamin B12 — 150%
- Vitamin C — 28%
- Vitamin D — 25%
- Vitamin E — 48%
- Vitamin K — 280%
- Calcium — 70%
- Iron — 50%
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