Happy Thursday everyone! I know I’ve been posting so many smoothie recipes lately, but the weather has been so nice and I can’t resist blending up one green concoction after another.
Today’s recipe actually isn’t mine at all, but comes from my friend Bryan DiSanto and his site Lean It UP. I’ve been a fan of DiSanto’s work for a while, using his informative insight for the latest and greatest in eating clean and training lean. Without knowing him, I hit him up on a whim wondering if he needed someone to guest post. I actually ending up getting my first contributing writing gig! Needless to say, DiSanto knows his stuff plain and simple. This protein-packed green smoothie is rich in vitamins, making it perfect for breakfast, a snack, or a post-workout meal.
The Green Ginger Monster Smoothie
Go green and let a waterfall of heavenly ripples cascade down your throat. The Green Ginger Monster is a radiant, light, uber-refreshing protein smoothie that’s cracking with an explosive, ginger-sparked zing.
Between its potent combo of whey protein, spirulina (a blue-green algae that’s ~60% protein and loaded with carotenoids + antioxidants), ginger, spinach, cinnamon, and green apple, it’s absolutely STACKED with 100% lean liquid nutrition. And unlike most fruit-based smoothies, it’s not laced with an obnoxious sugar count; which makes it a svelte option whenever, wherever.
For a modest 310 calories, the Green Ginger Monster packs an ENORMOUS 42g of protein and 6g of fiber, with a mellow 19g of sugar (from an apple). And if you’re looking for nutrient dense, this might be as dense as any smoothie comes — it’s gushing with iron (50%), calcium (70%), antioxidants, and vitamins A/B12/C/D/E/K.
Chug it post-workout to kickstart the growth and recovery process — ginger acts as a stealthy workout warrior that can help reduce muscle soreness — blend it up first thing to turbocharge your day (in, like, 3 minutes), or make it whenever as a lean, belly-busting snack. It’s a killer way to fuel new muscle growth, cut weight, lean up for summer, or detox after a wicked hangover.