My first ever Green Monster (plus an amazing blogger!)

14.6.10

I recently discovered an amazing blog and I can't believe I have only just stumbled across it. I'm addicted to blogs containing recipes and healthy hints and tips, and I love finding people who seem really down to earth and passionate about blogging. Cue Angela, from Oh She Glows, who had me reading her blog for absolutely ages when I first found it.

Ever since then something has clicked with me and now all I want to eat is good stuff (ok, apart from pizza and a couple of beers on Saturday night). Last week I was eating fruit and veg like I used to eat chocolate and crisps. I have cut down on normal tea and drink more camomile tea and plain old water. I have also started to wake up 20 minutes earlier on a morning (a handful of times a week) to do the 30 Day Shred dvd before work. And of course I'm still going strong with my training for Race for Life (which is this weekend btw!)

Angela is a HUGE inspiration. Her healthy lifestyle really makes me want to get my ass into gear, plus... now I know of The Green Monster!


As soon as I read about these I rushed out for supplies. 2 cups of spinach, 1 banana, 1 cup of soya milk and a little bit of ice later and I had produced my first ever Virgin Green Monster. It looks disgusting but it tastes lovely! There's no taste of spinach at all.. it's just like having a banana smoothie. What a great way to sneak in a portion of your Five a Day! I have had one almost every day since and they're just divine. Packed full of goodness, they're a great way to start off the day. Believe it or not, after my jog on Saturday morning I turned down a full English breakfast for one of these smoothies!

Oh She Glows is a great place to head when you want a healthy recipe or some workout inspiration. It just shows that eating healthy food can be fun and tasty. It's not all lettuce leaves and starvation! Happy reading. x

30 comments:

  1. love the look of this, i'm seriously anaemic and so any more ways to get iron into my diet are very much appreciated here!

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  2. thats look pretty tasty if you ask me. i love soya milk its such a great alternative to cows milk! xx

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  3. wow, i'm deffinately checking out this blog! i follow food blogs that make me want to eat more, not less :S xxx

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  4. There's a coctail at one of the pubs near us called a green monster, although i think your version sounds healthier! Good luck with the health kick x

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  5. I might try that if you can't taste the spinach! I LOVE smoothies.. one of my faves is mixed frozen berries (bluberries, strawberries, raspberries etc) frozen grapes, low fat plain yogurt and a bit of apple and cranberry juice. YUM.

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  6. .PS thanbk you so much for linking her blog. I've just spent a couple of minds flicking through and I can't wait to get reading this properly. Reading her progress story in pictures reminded me a lot of myself. What an inspiration. I really can't wait to read the rest of the blog.

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  7. Wow her blog is really inspirational. It is a little too americanised for me, but some of her recipes are great!

    I'm definitely going to try that shake! Thanks for the heads up and congrats on the healthy eating success :D

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  8. I can't say the thought of spinach makes me water at the mouth but all in all i sounds like such a healthy drink! :) probs much better for you and cheaper than the awful sugar filled smoothies you get in the shops. Well done you for keeping so healthy :) xx

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  9. I love oh she glows. Peel your bannanas and pop them in the frezzer makes for a thicked smoothie and you don't need ice. I also pop some frozen bluberries in mine. Delish.

    If you like Angela you should try reading these:
    http://www.healthytippingpoint.com
    http://www.katheats.com/
    http://graduatemeghann.com/
    http://eatliverun.com/


    Sinc eI started reading them I've totally changed my outlook on food and exercise. I changed from dairy to rice milk and my skin is soo much better.

    Good luck with your race for life. I done the 10k version in 1hr and 6 mins which is no mean feat when in march I couldn't run for 10 mins. Hard work and determination do pay off.

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  10. The green monster sounds lovely :D

    I've been away from blogging for awhile and am wondering if you have deleted your twitter? x

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  11. hi, i love your blog so much, i stumbled across it by accident, but i love pugs. i recently got my 8 week old puggy called Darwin, there is pics of him on my blog. but i also love geri, such a sweetheart <3 keep up the good work, i would love a rescue pug!

    http://lovecupcakepug.blogspot.com/

    lauren xo

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  12. @Lu - Yes I deleted it a while back.. I needed more time to concentrate on blogging etc :) xx

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  13. @Claire - Thank you for the recommendations! I'm going to check them all out. xx

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  14. ahhhh, I've heard green monsters mentioned a lot - thanks for posting the recipe. gotta try this!

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  15. Ooh, this looks amazing! I'm so going to give this a go when I can get my hands on a blender :) x

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  16. Victoria - do you PROMISE me you can't taste the spinach? Because I REALLY want to try this but HATE spinach so much! Hahah!

    So glad you're feeling great about things. Do an outfit shot so we can see! :) xxx

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  17. @Jen - Promise! hehe. It tastes just like bananas n milk! It's fab. Meant to be great for the hair, skin and energy! xx

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  18. Thank you so much for bringing our attention to this blog. I'm seriously lacking motivation in the healthy eating department and that blog looks like the kick up the bum I need! xx

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  19. Oh my gosh, this put such a smile on my face! =) Thank you so much...I am so excited to hear about the changes you are making and how much you enjoy the blog. I am truly humbled!

    Angela xo

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  20. Thanks for the Blog reccomendation! Shall give it a wee looksie :)

    I always add a couple of handfuls of spinach to smoothies - you can never taste it and it's just so good for you! xx

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  21. Might give this a go. Thanks! :) x

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  22. I must try this ! Thanks for sharing. I would love to know what kind of lunches you take or have at work. I have just started a new job and want to avoid eating out !

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  23. I must try this ! Thanks for sharing. I would love to know what kind of lunches you take or have at work. I have just started a new job and want to avoid eating out !

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  24. @Daisy - It depends what I fancy. Sometimes I take a homemade salad and put some feta cheese or ham in, and a dash of dressing. Sometimes salad with some cottage cheese. Or if I'm in a rush a packet of noodles has to do. If I buy my lunch I usually get sushi or a prawn salad. I snack on fruit at my desk too. Hope I've helped! xx

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  25. oooh i may have to try out the smoothie, i'm a nightmare for not getting my 5-a-day! thanks for all the tips, good luck on the race for life :)

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  26. Oooooh i really have to try this..! it looks so nourishing!! xx

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  27. Really cannot thank you enough for bringing this blog to my notice, it is amazing - really want to try and eat more healthily so think this could be a great place to start! This is probably a dumb question, but to make a green monster do u need a proper smoothie maker, or will any old blender do? I said it was a stupid q! :) xxxx

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  28. @Sarah F - No question is a dumb question :)

    I use a regular blender which was about £7 from Sainburys. It does the trick perfectly. Don't spend a fortune on a fancy one! xx

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  29. I used to make smoothies for breakfast every day but I've fallen out of the habit of it. This has inspired me again. xx
    http://www.weshopthereforeweare.co.uk/

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  30. I have just found your blog today and I love it! I read loads of blogs and only read one or two posts, but I have been on here all day! You have inspired me to be more healthy and active :) I also have a black pug, yours are so adorable! Im going to make the green monster tomorrow cant wait!!

    xx

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