Chocolate green monster smoothie

Do you ever wake up with a sweet tooth? Sometimes I wake up and crave something sweet and even chocolatey… so what’s a girl to do? Reach for a sugary processed chocolate-flavored cereal? I don’t think so! That’s where a chocolatey smoothie comes into play. And believe it or not this baby is still packed full of protein, fiber, nutrients and… pssst… spinach!

Chocolate Green Monster 3 c. fresh spinach 1 c. nondairy milk 1/2 c. soy vanilla yogurt 1 tbs. flax seed oil 2 frozen bananas 1 heaping tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tbs. agave nectar syrup *Yield: serves 2 Pile everything into a blender, starting with the greens on the bottom. Blend on high until completely blended and smooth. You can also add a scoop of peanut butter or chocolate flavored protein powder like SunWarrior for an extra protein kick! Delicious, nutritious, and tastier than any store-bought sweet cereal–promise! ;) After making homemade vegetable stock the other day I have been experimenting with small batches of a few different soup recipes. First, I tried out Mama Peas’ Un-toppable Black Bean Soup from her latest cookbook Peas and Thank You. It turned out absolutely fabulous! The secret is blending up some of the beans and broth for a thicker consistency. It was very thick, a little spicy and packed full of flavor. Mama Pea has loads of soup recipes on her blog, so check them out if you get a chance. I also mixed things up a bit and made a black bean vegetable soup with cabbage and kale. Black beans and kale go really well together and this one is for sure a repeat! Still fine tuning the recipe before I post it on here.

Another thing I’ve been using my homemade stock for is cooking rice and grains. (Just substitute veggie broth for the water and cook as usual.) It gives the grains just that little bit extra punch of flavor, and makes them that much better!

I remember when I used to make chicken flavored stock and my kitties would circle my feet in the kitchen begging for scraps. Even though these days my stock if flavored with veggies, the girls still think there is a treat for them in the huge pot on the stove. ha.

Have you guys seen the show on animal planet called My Cat From Hell? It’s sort of like a cat version of It’s Me or the Dog, and it is absolutely hilarious and crazy at the same time. Thank goodness my girls are amazing and never give me any problems… well, for the most part. Unless they decide to go exploring in high places and then can’t manage to fine their way down. Arg! I don’t even know how she got up here but getting her down was a little tricky and resulted in a few scratches. :/ But they are like my children and I can’t possibly stay mad at them for long.

11 comments

  1. Sierra says:

    OMW. Your soup looks soooooo yummy! Recipe, please? Thanks for your kind words on my blog…I am so glad I went ahead and got a designer for my blog! I love it! :)

    • Lindsay says:

      Thanks girlie! I’ll have to post a recipe sometime soon. I put so many things into this soup and didn’t really write it all down so I’ll have to figure out something a little more simple, but black beans and kale are fabulous together!!
      Yes, I love the new blog look! I had someone help me redo mine too and I’m so happy I did! Easier navigation and so many more options now. Love the lace header you have, sooo cute!!! :)

  2. Brooke says:

    Mmmmm I love Chocolate green monsters!! I make one at least a couple times a week, or if I don’t have the time to juice in the AM before work! This weekend I was out of EVERYTHING (fridge and cabinets were empty).. so I reached for the only thing I had on hand when I was craving something “sweet” but sugary……….Mallow Oats Cereal (organic version of Lucky Charms.. haha). I usually stray away from those sugary empty filling STILL “processed” cereals.. but this weekend, it hit the spot!

    Your girls are so cute!! I can’t believe she jumped up there (ohk, well I can believe it) and couldn’t get down!! Cats sure are funny :)

    • Lindsay says:

      I think a little cereal now and then is okay. I used to be addicted to the stuff in high school and would have like 3 bowls a day! Why, I have no clue! But these days I always keep a box on hand for emergencies ;)
      My fridge is empty too and my produce disappeared so quickly this week! I got a new juicer and I have been juicing my lil heart out!! Can’t wait to post picks soon!! Are you having fun with your juicer?

      Yeah my kitties are crazy and adventurous. At least she didn’t hurt herself!

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