The Green Monster Smoothie: Vegetables Never Tasted So Sweet

Green Monster Smoothie

 

Occasionally I come across products that market themselves as a health food but are actually a junk food in disguise. And by occasionally, I mean all the time. The Naked Juice brand Green Machine drink is one such item. It claims to help you get more greens and fruit in your diet, and without any added sugar to boot. Sounds healthy, right? It’s not (I bet you saw that coming).

 

Since the drink isn’t made with the whole fruit, it contains zero fiber. And a zero fiber drink is straight up sugary juice, which causes a sharp blood sugar spike followed by a quick drop–classic sugar crash! Plus, juices are exposed to oxygen during the processing and pasteurization process, which can destroy some of the vitamins and phytochemicals that make fruit so healthy.

 

Okay, so fruit juice is bad, and therefore we should eat the whole fruit for maximum health benefits. But what about all the healthy broccoli and spinach they put in every bottle? A full 100 mg of each! Unfortunately, the vegetable content is where the consumer really gets the shaft: 100 mg is basically nothing. A singular spinach leaf is 2 grams, and 1 small broccoli floret is 10 grams, which means the drink contains 1/20th of one single spinach leaf and 1/100th of one single broccoli floret. My camera doesn’t have a microscope on it, so I couldn’t post a picture of what that amount of veggies actually looks like, but it’s definitely not going to help anyone reach their recommended daily intake of vegetables.

 

What will help you eat more veggies? A legit green smoothie with no juice–just whole fruits and veggies. I replicated this recipe from my local Organic Squeeze juice bar, except I left out the apple juice and used the whole fruit instead. It contains 1 cup of kale, 1 cup of spinach, and 1/2 a small avocado–that’s a lot of green! It also boasts 1 whole apple, 1 cup of pineapple, and 1/2 a mango. The sweetness of the fruit makes this green smoothie super refreshing. You could even throw in a couple dried dates to make it sweeter.

 

 

 

5 Responses to The Green Monster Smoothie: Vegetables Never Tasted So Sweet

  1. Layla says:

    Looks awesome Ryan! I am going to try it! <3

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  3. […] you love Organic Squeeze smoothies as much as I do, you can check out my other copycat recipe–the Green Monster smoothie for a veggie-packed possibility! It’s a powerhouse smoothie to drink after a troublesome […]

  4. Rachel says:

    I love Organic Squeeze! Could you possibly do a copy cat for the muscle westbrook?

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