10 Vegetables That Actually Work In Smoothies
So you want to pack those veggies in first thing in the morning? Adding vegetables to your smoothies is a really easy way to boost your nutrient intake for the day and ensure that you get your minimum five veg a day.
Most people don’t necessarily want to know that they’re having carrots and broccoli for breakfast, especially kids. So you need to balance out the vegetables with fruit, for sweetness (and – yay! – extra nutrients) as well as other ingredients to still make sure that you’re fuelling your body for the day.
The ideal smoothie will offer a balance of protein and carbs, plus other nutrients and superfoods. Think of your vegetables as the ‘add on’ – not only for nutrients, but also for colour, texture and flavour.
These following vegetables work well in smoothies:
- Spinach (baby or swiss chard), raw
- Kale, raw
- Pumpkin, steamed, frozen
- Butternut, steamed, frozen
- Cauliflower, steamed, frozen
- Sweet potato, steamed, frozen
- Beetroot, raw or steamed, frozen
- Carrots, raw or steamed, frozen
- Celery, raw
- Broccoli, raw or steamed, frozen
How to add vegetables to your smoothies
The following tips will ensure that your veggie smoothie still tastes great:
- Your green veg (spinach, kale, celery, broccoli) will add colour, but also fibre. These are best paired with fruits like apples and bananas (for sweetness); oats; hemp protein or vanilla protein powder, water or almond milk.
- Your steamed and frozen vegetables like cauliflower will add creaminess to your smoothie and can be used with nearly any combination. Try steamed, frozen cauliflower blitzed up with mango, water, vanilla protein powder and a couple dates for sweetness.
- Beetroot and berries are great friends – plus think of that colour!! Tone the earthiness down with some yoghurt and oats.
- Your steamed and frozen orange vegetables (butternut, sweet potato, pumpkin and carrots) are super great for their beta-carotene content, which converts to Vitamin A in the body. Adding a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg will work wonders with pumpkin or butternut.
- Sometimes it’s easier to get these veggies into your smoothies if they’re already pre-cooked and in your freezer. Portion into little baggies for easy access.
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Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe
What You Need:
- ½ cup steamed pumpkin (or butternut)
- 1 frozen banana
- ¼ cup oats
- Pinch each: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tsp honey or maple syrup
- 2 tbsp vanilla protein powder
- ½ cup of ice
- Blitz together in a blender and serve straight away!
- Garnish with toasted nuts or seeds or a seasonal fruit of your choice.
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