Got Veggies ? Vegetable Smoothie Recipes
Vegetables are a common ingredient in natural juice but less commonly are used to make smoothies. But you can use them in smoothies and they offer a nice change from the traditional fruit based smoothies. Vegetable smoothies are very healthy because they provide you with a tremendous amount of nutrients. They are also low in sugar which is always a plus and is an advantage they have over smoothies that use only fruit.
Vegetable smoothies can offer as much opportunity to experiment with numerous healthy ingredients as can smoothies that primarily use fruit. If you are not sure if an ingredient will work then be a smoothie adventurer and give the ingredient(s) a chance. If you try it once and you do not enjoy the taste then move onto to something else. The sky is the limit when it comes to options in veggie smoothies!
Open your mind and widen your healthy horizons by saying yes to these vegetable smoothie recipes:
B & B Smoothie
A broccoli and blueberry combination sounds unusual but it does work well together. Try it and see!
- 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen- your choice)
- 1/2 cup steamed broccoli
- 1 cup 100 percent cranberry juice
- 1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt (or Greek yogurt)
Combine all ingredients in your blender and blend for a minute to a minute and a half. You may wish to add strawberries, blackberries or raspberries to give the drink an extra nutritional boost and to alter the flavor a little bit.
Veggie Medley Smoothie
- 1 cup apple juice
- 1 cup of sliced apple (sweet tasting apples make the best choice)
- 1/4 cup apple sauce
- 1/2 cup sliced carrots
- 1/2 cup of cucumber (peeled and sliced)
- 2 cups of ice
- a dash of nutmeg or cinnamon (optional but adds to taste)
Blend this natural veggie beverage until it is well blended and very smooth. Adding the nutmeg and cinnamon will give it a little extra something that you will enjoy!
Carrot Top Smoothie
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 1 cup cooked, chopped carrots
- 1/4 cup apple sauce
- 1/4 inch piece of ginger root, peeled
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt (adding this is up to you)
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
Combine apple juice, carrots, apple sauce, ginger root and cinnamon and blend from low to high until the consistency is creamy. Season with salt and cayenne pepper if you wish. If you are watching your sodium intake then forego the salt. Cayenne pepper has a strong and intense taste so use only a dash of it in your smoothie.