Top 5 Vegetables to Use in Smoothies
One simple way to increase the amount of veggies in your diet is to start drinking smoothies for breakfast. Not only are they good for you, but they also taste delicious. With the sweetness of the fruit, you may not even notice that you are drinking your vegetables!
Not sure where to even start? Check out these five veggies that you can easily add to your breakfast smoothies!
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1. Spinach: When I think of a veggie smoothie, spinach is the first vegetable to come to mind. It’s the most common veggie used in smoothies so it’s not really a shock to say add some spinach! It’s full of nutrients like vitamins A & K and minerals like iron and calcium. Check out these recipes for a spinach smoothie with bananas and a berry spinach smoothie.
2. Kale: Not only can you use your kale to make chips, but you can also use it in your smoothies! Kale contains vitamins A, K, C and the anti-cancer chemical, sulforaphane. Blend it up with some fruit for a healthy treat. Try it out with mango and peaches or pineapple and coconut.
3. Carrots: I find that I can easily add carrots to a fruit smoothie and not even notice them in there! I add a couple baby carrots to frozen berries, half a banana and a cup of orange juice and blend until smooth. Carrots are a rich source of fiber and high in vitamins A & K. Try out some carrot smoothie recipes from Around My Family Table and Recipe.com.
4. Beets: Instead of using your beets to make borscht, blend them up for a nutritious breakfast drink! Beets are a high source of folate, manganese and fiber and taste great mixed with berries. Check out this recipe for a Beet n’ Berry Smoothie or this decadent Red Velvet Beet Smoothie.
5. Romaine: Take that leftover romaine lettuce in your fridge and whip up a quick smoothie. Romaine contains lots of antioxidants and is a high source of vitamin A, C & K. Make yourself a Layered Smoothie.
Have you tried adding veggies to your smoothies?