Dec 13, 2011

My Favorite Green Monster yet! (aka: Protein Packed PurpleCreamy Dreamy Shake)

Yay for being home and having a non-ancient blender! And a fully functional oven, but that's for a different post. ;)

Anyway, I bet you can guess what this post is about. The most amazing green monster of my green monster repertoire, thus far!

Okay, I lied - it's the best purple monster I've ever had.

Protein Packed Purple Creamy Dreamy Shake

* A handful or two of leafy greens, rinsed
* Sunwarrior vanilla protein powder (vegan!)
* A handful or two of blackberries, rinsed
* A handful of ice cubes
* Milk, to thin (or any kind of non-dairy milk, if you want to keep it vegan)

1) Combine. Blend until smooth.

This was the first Sunwarrior protein powder that I've ever tried (they sent me some samples and I tried their nommy Ormus Greens the other day) and I loved it! I'm glad NaNeFoMo came along, so that I got around to trying Sunwarrior - I've been wanting to for a while! Sunwarrior isn't super-cheap, but it is super healthy...

This flavor has fifteen grams of protein (!), is completely raw and vegan, and has 20% of your daily iron requirement - that's quite important for menstruating females, athletes, and veg*ns! It's made of:

  • Whole Brown Rice Protein
    (Bio-Fermented Raw Sprouted Whole GrainBrown Rice Protein)
  • Vanilla
  • Pectin
  • Xanathan Gum
    (Natural Bio-Fermented Stabilizer)
  • Stevia

I like my ingredients lists short and sweet. :) 

The xanthan gum in it was also awesome, because it made the smoothie thicker. It was sweet, creamy, and so delicious! Just like a raspberry vanilla ice cream shake. :) 

Only it left me with way more energy than I'd have after drinking that, and sans the lactose-induced tummyache. :P

What's your favorite smoothie/shake combo?

What's your favorite berry?

What's one random thing you love about being home?


  1. I haven't made a lot of shakes actually. I wish I coould get into them more seriously. I made a few green monsters but I found myself wanting other things after because I was so hungry.

    I love being home because I just don't have to do anything and can just relax. :)

  2. Hollie - I usually eat something *with* my green monsters. Because they're tasty, but I normally want more food! :)

  3. I'm not a fan of green monsters. I like to chew my greens! I do like smoothies though. I like using fruit and yogurt!

  4. I love blueberries! They'e definitely my favorite along with raspberries. :)
    I love to have my doggie around when being home. He's my little angel ♥

  5. Yummmm. I love a good protein smoothie, especially after a nice, sweaty workout!!!


  6. Thanks for stopping by, Jen! Agreed, smoothies are the *best* in summer, when they cool you off after being active! :)

  7. Oh so that's why the smoothies with that powder are always thick - xanthan gum! Haha I never realised and was always jealous of people's super awesomely thick smoothies. Might have to get my hands on xanthan gum, methinks :) Looks delicious by the way.

  8. I love how much protein this has! Thanks for the recipe :)

  9. I love GMs! My favorite berry is a strawberries, local ones that are peaking now here in FL. They are soso good :)

  10. YAY for SunWarrior! It's my favorite. :)
    Right now I'm addicted to strawberries and blueberries, but my favorite berry seems to change on a weekly basis!

  11. Smoothies yum! My fave berry is raspberries :)
    I like making mixed berry smoothies with vanilla protein powder.

  12. Mmm this green monster looks so thick and creamy! I've never tried blackberries before but I've loved pretty much every berry I've tried... so I will definitely be picking up some soon. My favourite's blueberries. :)

  13. tryingfood - Me, too! And thanks for stopping by. :)

    Tessa - *crazy* protein! :P

    Chloe - Haha, is Florida *ever* cold?

    Emily - Blueberries and raspberries all the way! I used to love as strawberries as a kid, but now they're just okay...

    cheesymiteapples - agreed, yum!

    Lyn - It was. :)

  14. That smoothie looks soo good! I've been on a smoothie kick lately and love to add frozen bananas, frozen berries, soy milk, peanut flour, yogurt etc. :)

    My favorite berry: RASPBERRIES! :D

  15. Oooh, peanut flour in smoothies... *must try that!* Raspberries = the awesomeness. ;)

  16. Wow this looks really yummy! I love making smoothies- I've never heard of that sunwarrior protein powder, where do you get it?

  17. Online (their website) or iHerb (, you get $5 off your first order with the coupon code WOW241) or Whole Foods! I really like it!


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