To me, Halloween is less of a scary, costume party kind of deal and more of a free-for-all candy-eating deal. Back in the day, I trick-or-treated through my neighborhood dressed as Belle or Ariel, but these days I’m happy just being regular Brianna and spending the evening at home with a few Take 5 bars or stuffing candy into recipes.

Speaking of Take 5s, they’re a personal favorite! They pretty much meet all of the candy requirements: sweet, salty, crunchy, creamy, gooey, chocolatey, peanut buttery, caramely…the works. I’m also a sucker for the classic Kit-Kat or Reese’s peanut butter cup (bonus if shaped like a pumpkin or Easter egg!).

What are your favorites? Any newbies I need to be made aware of this year? In a few days, they’ll all be on sale, so it’s the best time to pick up any that need taste-testing! :)

While I’m a big fan of candy and candy-filled recipes, today I’m veering a little more toward the “scary” side of Halloween. By scary, I mean in title only.

Definitely not in nutritional stats, because this is a healthy recipe.

Green Monster Smoothie

I know, what?! For a holiday?

Yep! You can have this for breakfast to start your holiday off right. If you are a parent, preferably share it with a little kid who thinks a green breakfast = the coolest breakfast ever.

And then you will feel less guilty later when both your dinner and dessert consist of candy. :)

It’s all about balance, right?

Green smoothies have been big for a few years now, and this is my favorite way to enjoy them. A green monster is simply a smoothie with added greens–usually spinach or kale. I used kale this time, but I often use spinach, too–whatever I have on hand at the time! Green monster smoothies taste like any regular smoothie; the color is the only giveaway!

Green Monster Smoothie

This recipe is very similar to my Peanut Butter Banana Protein Shake recipe, only with a cool lime green color and more nutrients. To make the smoothies really green as pictured, you need to add quite a bit of kale or spinach. To completely cover up any traces of leafy flavor, I add extra peanut butter, just to be safe. Just like everybody says, you truly can’t taste the greens! If you’re still skeptical, start by adding just a small handful to your blender, and go from there.

I love these because they’re tasty, they’re healthy, and they pack a whole bunch of good-for-you ingredients into a fun, unsuspecting package. I like to serve mine in Frappuccino bottles with colorful straws, but I also pour them into plastic cups with lids to sip on my way to work.

Green Monster Smoothie

Just like your candy collection, you can customize these to your liking. No chia seeds? No problem; leave them out. Want the added protein but don’t have any protein powder? Use Greek yogurt instead–plain or flavored. Not a fan of peanut butter? I have a hunch Nutella would do just fine.

Green Monster Smoothie

A Green Monster Smoothie makes the perfect guilt-free breakfast for adults and children alike. Have fun with it!

Hope everyone has a safe and sugar-filled Halloween!

Green Monster Smoothie

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 green smoothie

Green Monster Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 banana (the riper the better)
  • 1 Tbsp. fat-free milk
  • 1 1/2 cups kale (or spinach)
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth, adding extra milk or ice as necessary to achieve desired texture.
  2. Pour into a clear glass and serve with fun straws!

Notes

To make this recipe gluten-free, make sure you use a gluten-free protein powder.

http://www.getsweetsmart.com/green-monster-smoothies/

Nutritional Info:

Calories: 411
Total Fat: 18.7 g
Cholesterol: 21.1 mg
Sodium: 220.7 mg
Potassium: 1,147.5 mg
Total Carbs: 49.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 11.2 g
Sugars: 22 g
Protein: 20.9 g


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