Manly-Man Green Monster Challenge

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on November 21, 2009


Last night, Eric and I were driving in the car on the way home from Christmas light shopping. Or should I say window shopping after seeing how much it would cost to buy lights for our house.

While driving, Eric said to me, ‘How filling are Green Monsters? Do you think something like that could keep me full like cereal does…?’

I was semi-listening to him and semi-thinking about how expensive the Christmas lights were.

I said quite blasé: ‘For sure they could. The length of time that they keep you full depends on what you put in it. You can make a Green Monster that keeps you full for 30 minutes and you can make them that last 3-4 Hours.’

Oh He Glows: ‘I see…’

Me: ‘We should probably check out Costco for Christmas lights. They might have better prices than Crappy Tire.’

Oh He Glows: ‘Do you think you would be able to make a Green Monster that would be as filling as my current breakfast of Raisin Bran? Because I must say, that breakfast keeps me pretty happy all morning…’

Then it finally started to occur to me- Eric was -in his own way- asking me to make him a Green Monster!!!!!!!

I tried to keep my composure and remain calm.

Me: ‘I would be up for the challenge. We need bananas and more spinach.’

Luckily, it was dark outside or he would have seen the huge grin on my face.

Suddenly, I was like a bride-to-be, flooded with planning ideas. Thoughts were swirling through my head only this time instead of ribbons, tulle, and rose petals, I was dreaming of spinach, hemp, chia, and oats.

Eric: ‘Ok, Saturday morning. But don’t wake me up early to drink it.’

It was a deal.

This morning I sprung out of bed like any Green Monster Mama would do. I got out all of the tools- most importantly, a calculator, pen, paper, and Eric’s regular breakfast ingredients. Which were, how do I put it…quite simple and consisted of Raisin Bran (it has to be brand name, Eric says) and 1% cow’s milk.


I took this challenge very seriously. I would not let my Green Monster’s reputation tarnish over some haphazard combination of ingredients. This had to be a Manly Man’s Green Monster.

Eric’s Traditional Breakfast: Raisin Bran and 1% Milk:


Eric’s traditional breakfast consists of: 3 cups Raisin Bran (yes I measured how much he normally has in his bowl) and 2 cups of 1% cow’s milk. It is a huge bowl of cereal. He is also 6 foot 2 and has a hole in his stomach, so I digress.


His traditional breakfast equates to:

  • 780 calories
  • 8 grams fat
  • 18 grams fibre
  • 35 grams protein
  • 162 grams of carbs

I knew immediately that I could produce a more well-rounded breakfast. The carbs-fat-protein ratio was way out of whack (too many carbs, not enough fat). More on that below.

I began creating a Green Monster manly enough to keep Eric full for the morning, or so I hoped.


I had to keep in mind that I had to also create a Green Monster that he would enjoy and actually be able to drink!

Here is the recipe I came up with:

Manly-Man Green Monster


  • 1 cup 1% cow’s milk
  • 1 large banana
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 4 Tablespoons (1 serving) Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein Powder
  • 1 scoop Amazing Grass Chocolate Amazing Meal
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 4 ice cubes

This Green Monster equates to:

  • 735 calories
  • 15.5 grams of fat (mostly healthy fats!)
  • 21 grams of fibre
  • 52 grams of protein
  • 87 grams of carbs

To compare, side by side:

Eric’s Cereal Breakfast Manly-Man Green Monster
  • 780 calories
  • 8 grams fat (4%)
  • 35 grams protein (17%)
  • 162 carbs (79%)
  • 18 grams fibre
  • 735 calories
  • 15.5 grams of mostly healthy fat (10%)
  • 52 grams of protein (34%)
  • 87 grams of carbs (56%)
  • 21 grams of fibre

As you can see, the ratio of protein-fat-carbs is much more balanced than in his original breakfast. I specifically wanted to increase the healthy fat and protein and decrease the carbs. By doing this, I hoped to increase the satiety effect of the Green Monster.

Behold my creation:


It actually wasn’t cold enough, so I had to transfer it into a plastic cup and put it in the freezer for 30 minutes. I would accept nothing short of perfection!

Here we go….



If you couldn’t tell by the pictures, he HATED it. :( :( :(

He said it was way too thick and had the texture of Maalox!!!! He only got a few sips down. Needless to say, I was crushed. :(

However, after we talked about it some more, we both concluded that my Green Monster was a bit over ambitious. Cramming that much protein into a GM was recipe for a taste disaster!

I am not one to accept defeat my friends.

I got back on the horse and made another concoction, this time my Virgin Green Monster. We clearly needed to start off slow here.

His second GM:


As you can see, this GM was not thick at all. Progress.


Manly Virgin Green Monster


  • 1 cup cow’s milk
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 banana
  • ice
  • 1/2 serving Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein Powder (10 grams protein)
  • 1 T chia seeds
Manly Virgin Green Monster
  • 405 calories
  • 9.75 grams fat (11%)
  • 24.5 grams protein (27%)
  • 57.25 carbs (62%)
  • 13 grams fibre

I was still very happy with the ratio of fat-carbs-protein in this virgin GM. I knew it wouldn’t be able to entirely supplement his breakfast, but it was a decent start!

He smelled it of course. ;)


Over-joyed, can’t cha tell? :D


His response?

MUCH better than the last one. He actually enjoyed this one and said it was more of a drink and less of thick sludge (lol). He drank the whole thing. Whew.

He said he might drink some in the mornings, along with a smaller bowl of cereal. We shall see… ;)

Does your man drink Green Monsters?


We are off to Costco to search for Christmas lights. :) Then, tonight I’m off to the big city for a girls night out. Time to dust off the stilettos…I will be Tweeting throughout the night on Eric’s cell!

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Enjoy your Saturday!


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Gelareh @ Orange Truffle November 23, 2009 at 10:15 am

Holly molly… 52 g of protein in one meal… The second one definately looked better.

I have never asked my husband if he would be intrested in my green smoothie… he is a chocolate shake kinda man, but I might be able to sneak in some spinach into his drink without him noticing ;)


Ashley November 23, 2009 at 12:04 pm

My man LOVES green monsters. In fact, he now gets upset if he can’t have one before work. I’m so lucky to have him try this new healthy lifestyle. :-)


Pam November 23, 2009 at 12:22 pm

He sure does!



Pure2Raw Twins November 23, 2009 at 1:01 pm

I have been able to get my boyfriend to have green smoothies. He does not have them everyday, but hey it’s a start. I have to make them with blueberries because he does not like them when they are green colored. SO baby steps :)


deisegirl November 23, 2009 at 1:13 pm

Oh I wish my boyfriend would adopt some healthy eating habits. I’m getting a bit worried about how unhealthy his diet is but I can’t force him to eat the things I’m eating.

So no, he would NEVER drink a Green Monster!


Kat - Curves for Life November 23, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Perhaps a sustainable breakfast is the lower calorie GM for him and a Glo Bar :-) Not all the calories have to fit into the GM!


Cindy November 23, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Mine actually WILL happily now drink any green drink I huck at him. (but it didn’t happen overnight)

just be the great example and see what happens!



Ashley November 24, 2009 at 2:46 am

Such a great post. Chris actually loves green monsters..definitely as much as I do. If I’m making one and he’s awake, I know to make enough for 2!


Andrea (Off Her Cork) November 24, 2009 at 12:16 pm

We drink smoothies just about everyday and in fact, my hubs gets cranky when he doesn’t get one. :D Freezing the banana first before adding it, I’ve found helps the green monster turn out a bit smoother and just slightly thicker in consistency. Might help it go down easier for Eric. :)


Anais November 24, 2009 at 12:23 pm

I definitely made my ex drink green monsters, he loved them! I wonder how hard it will be to find someone else to share them with, lol!


Tiffany November 24, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Eric is such a good sport! My husband will NOT touch one! I’ve had him try a few of mine and he, very dramatically I might add, gags and makes noises and says how horrible it is. Men! ;)


Eliana >^..^ November 26, 2009 at 9:14 am

I loved this post! Marc and I laughed so much with the pictures.

I am going to make the Virgin GM today, and have ANOTHER question. Does the spinach need to be cooked–steamed or boiled?


Nikkie November 27, 2009 at 1:31 am

My man drinks Green Monsters!! His 2 favorite combos are almond milk, spinach, amazing grass wheatgrass powder with either a banana or a cup of blueberries. He drinks them after runs with me, but not as a meal because the calorie content is too low for him!


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