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Green mango smoothie

I've been putting my Ninja Mega Kitchen System through its paces the past couple of weeks making monster smoothies for many of my meals. I've been using a lot of recipes from Harley Pasternak's "Body Reset Diet" book, and what I love about his recipes is that the complete-meal smoothies are full of protein, healthy fats, fiber and antioxidants.

I went "off the book" to come up with this smoothie, which I adore. It's loaded with good things and doesn't need any additional sweetening. The ginger puree and lime give it a really zippy, fresh flavor and you can't taste the spinach at all. Plus, the avocado incorporates healthy fats and adds a little extra fiber.

And did I mention the smoothie was HUGE? You can either use it as a meal or split it in two for a snack for two. You’ll need a pretty powerful blender to emulsify all the ingredients, which is why I’m a Ninja 4 life!

Hmmm … what to call it?

The Green Monster Smoothie

  • 6 ounces almond milk
  • ¼ avocado
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (about 100 calories’ worth)
  • 140 grams frozen mango chunks
  • ½ frozen small banana
  • 2 packets True Lime crystallized lime juice (or a couple tablespoons of lime juice)
  • 1 tablespoon Gourmet Garden ginger puree (or 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger)
  • 2 big handfuls baby spinach
  • ½ cup or more crushed ice

Cram everything into a blender container and go at it until you achieve the desired consistency.

Here are the nutritional stats, calculated at SparkRecipes.com, for the entire thing – drink the whole thing as a really substantial meal or split it in two for a great snack.

Entire smoothie: 384 calories, 11 grams fat, 58 grams carbohydrates, 12 grams fiber, 20 grams protein.

It also provides more than 100 percent of your daily allowance of vitamins A and C and calcium, plus more than 1,200mg of potassium.

Told ya it’s a monster.