Vegetable Green Smoothie Recipes
Vegetable Smoothie Recipes are Healthy and Yummy!
Have you been seriously considering adding more vegetables to your diet? Perhaps you have even considered trying vegetable green smoothie recipes but weren't sure if you would like them.
I have been whipping up healthy vegetable green smoothie recipes every day for well over three years in my blender and I haven't grown tired of drinking them yet!
Once you get in a routine with making your veggie smoothies, I think you will find it very easy to blend a pitcher of smoothies for work or home. What's more, you will probably be surprised at how yummy they taste! I've shared my vegetable smoothies with others and they were amazed at how great green vegetables can taste as a smoothie.
If you need to lose some pounds and inches as well as incorporate more vegetables in your diet, read on to find several recipes to kick start your day. I've even included some tips and pointers that will help your vegetable smoothie recipe have a more balanced flavor and be tailor made just for you!
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Drink Your Veggies!
How Many Vegetables Do We Really Need?
Drink Your Veggies!
Image above courtesy of Suat Eman
Is it possible to eat too many vegetables every day? Probably not. It's hard to imagine someone like your doctor telling you that 'You are eating WAY TOO MANY Vegetables and to cut that out!' :)
The food pyramid suggests having at least 3 to 5 servings of vegetables every day. An example of that would be one cup of leafy greens, 1/2 cup of cooked vegetables, and 3/4 cup of vegetable juice. When you add several vegetables to a delicious smoothie or two, you are probably going to get your vegetable requirements each day without any problem!
After many years of digestive and colon issues and doing countless hours of research, I feel that Raw Vegetables are more nutritionally sound than cooked vegetables. Not everyone may agree with my findings and that is ok. I do encourage you to at least add more and more raw vegetables to your daily diet and see how much better you feel over all.
In order to honor my digestive issues, I turned to my trusty blender to break down the dense fiber of the vegetables that I've come to love so much. By breaking them down to smoothie consistency, it is much easier for my body to further breakdown and digest the remains.
Often I hear people use the terms 'Smoothie' and 'Juicing' interchangeably. The primary difference is when you consume your vegetables in a Smoothie versus Juicing, you are keeping the all important fiber that we need to keep our colons healthy.
I've juiced vegetables many times and will probably still do so again from time to time. Juicing can be very beneficial when doing a juice fast for example. Smoothies however, seem to be what my body enjoys the most on a daily basis!
An Easy Smoothie Recipe
Vegetable Smoothie Recipe
Out The Door In A Flash - Green Smoothie Recipe
Great For Losing Weight!
If one of your goals for the New Year was to lose some weight, and you have been thinking about weight loss smoothie recipes, try this one! This healthy recipe can be quickly whipped up in your powerful blender in virtually no time and have you out the door in the morning full of energy.
If you have too little time in the morning to make this recipe before leaving, make it up the night before and then it will be all ready to go.
Remember to use organic and fresh ingredients to give you the healthiest nutrition possible.
The amount of liquid added will depend on your powerful blender brand. Some only need a small amount of liquid while others may require a bit more for your vegetable smoothie recipes. If you prefer your smoothie a bit thicker, start with less than the suggested amount and add more if needed.
Feel free to experiment and make this recipe exactly as you like it!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 - 20 minutes
- Liquid - Start with 1 cup of liquid - Can be filtered water/kombucha/kefir water/raw apple juice or your liquid of choice. Add more liquid if needed to make your vegetable smoothie recipe just the right consistency for you.
- Beet - 1/2 inch slice or to taste
- Carrot - 1 medium size
- Cucumber - 1 medium size
- Spinach leaves - 1 handful
- Tomato - 1 small to medium size
- Lemon - Juice from fresh squeezed large size
- ***Optional - Sweetener - A few drops of liquid Stevia Extract to taste (be careful as it is VERY concentrated! See link below.)
- Place liquid along with washed and prepared ingredients into your high power blender. Process all ingredients until smooth.
- Drink and enjoy!
- *** Disclaimer - the above recipe and recommendations are simply that - recommendations! Use good judgement and do your research before trying ingredients you are unfamiliar with. ***
My Favorite Green Smoothie Recipe
Vegetable Green Smoothie Recipe
Makes a Large Batch
My Personal Favorite Smoothie Recipe
This vegetable green smoothie recipe is one I love to experiment with.
It is hard to mess this healthy smoothie recipe up and it will come out nice and smooth especially if you are using a powerful blender!
The ingredients are simple and mostly green. I suggest reading through the recipe and then read the variations of this recipe below.
***Remember to always use ingredients that are as fresh and organic as possible!***
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Total Time: 15-20 minutes
- 3 large leaves of Green or Purple Kale (I use stems and all)
- 3 Stalks of Celery
- 1 Medium size Zucchini Squash
- 1 Cup of Broccoli Florets
- 1 Heaping tsp. Organic Coconut Oil
- 2 - 3 Small Lemons - remove the peeling and retain the seeds and pith
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups of liquid mixture (see variations)
- 1 tsp. Kelp Powder or Dulse Flakes
- 1 Medium Carrot
- 1 Small Bunch of Flat Leaf Parsley
- **Optional - 1 to 2 droppers full of Liquid Stevia Extract to taste remembering that it is super concentrated!
- Wash all vegetables and fruit.
- Prepare vegetables for your powerful blender by breaking or chopping to smaller chunks if needed.
- Starting with the liquid mixture, place all or part of the ingredients in the blender and blend until the mixture is nice and smooth. If you like to add your ingredients a bit at a time that will work as well. Add more liquid as needed.
- I usually get about 5 cups of mixture when I am through. When all done, I divide my drink into 3 tall glasses and refrigerate what I don't drink. It is probably best to make sure you drink each batch within a 24-hour period to get the most out of your vegetable mixture.
- Vegetables - Use 3 to 5 organic and fresh green vegetables such as - zucchini, broccoli, kale, spinach leaves, celery, lettuce, cucumber, mustard greens, turnip greens, cilantro, bean sprouts, carrot top greens, etc.
- Oils - I like adding a bit of oil to my green smoothie recipe as it helps to curb the appetite and some oils have certain health benefits. It is not a requirement and is one ingredient you can easily eliminate if you so choose. An alternative to Organic Coconut Oil would be using half of a small ripe Avocado.
- Liquids - You can mix your liquids to include some of the following - Unsweetened Kefir water, Unsweetened and Alcohol free Kombucha, Coconut water (natural or fermented is preferred), Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (1 to 2 Tbs. or to taste), Organic Unsweetened Apple Juice, or Filtered Water. I like that the Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar helps to balance the overall recipe and lends a slightly 'salty' taste to the mixture.
- Sweeteners - Some prefer their green vegetable smoothies to be sweeter than do others. The Now brand Stevia Extract Sweetener (see below) is the only natural sweetener that I know of that actually tastes good while being good for you. Just be sure to start out with a few drops as it is very concentrated.
- Alternatives to using Stevia would be using a bit of Fresh Organic Fruit such as an Apple or Fresh Organic Unsweetened Fruit Juice as part of your liquid. I would start with a little and experiment as it might not take as much as you think to sweeten your recipe.
- I hope you enjoy every last drop of this very healthy and nutritious green smoothie recipe!
- **Disclaimer - the above recipe and recommendations are simply that - recommendations! Use good judgement and do your research before trying ingredients you are unfamiliar with.**
Remember to choose vegetables that are crisp and have deep, rich, and vibrant color to get the most nutritional value. Kale for example provides more nutrition than Romaine Lettuce.
Stevia Extract - The Natural Sweetener That Is Good For You!
Stevia is the only sweetener that is natural and is actually very good for you! The Now brand of Stevia Extract is my personal favorite and I know that it doesn't leave a bitter aftertaste as some Stevia powder can. Stevia is an antifungal and actually helps your body keep a better balance against the harmful fungus in most bodies called Candida Albicans.
I use this Liquid Stevia Extract in my herbal tea, vegetable smoothies, and any other time I have a beverage that needs sweetening. When family comes to visit and they want some hot tea to drink, they always ask for my Stevia to sweeten it with! You use it by the drop as it is VERY concentrated. I use about 5 drops per cup of herbal tea.
This is sold in a smaller size bottle with a dropper included. I like getting the larger size as it is more economical. Feel free to click on this link and change the quantity or size.
NOW Foods Stevia Liquid Extract Alcohol, 8 Ounce Bottle
Vegetable Green Smoothie Recipes
If you are making a vegetable green smoothie recipe every day, it is wise to alternate the vegetables that you use from day to day. Some vegetables, especially the green leafy ones, are very high in some vitamins and nutrients that your body may not be accustomed to.
Alternating your vegetables will also give you a wider array of vitamins and minerals and will allow your body time to process them more efficiently. A good general rule of thumb is if you blend certain vegetables today, blend different vegetables tomorrow.
Of course you do not have to stick to the recipe above when making your healthy vegetable green smoothie recipe. Feel free to experiment with any and all of the ingredients until you have it just as you like it.
One of the more pleasant surprises about making smoothies out of raw vegetables is that their raw taste barely resembles their usual cooked taste. Blended vegetables usually taste even better than if you were to eat them raw and without blending such as in a salad.
This summer I've experimented with adding some of my fresh and organic herbs to my vegetable smoothies! I've added fresh Rosemary, Basil, and Lemon Balm. Rosemary and Basil especially are pretty concentrated and strong so you may want to start with small amounts until you have it as you like it.
I've also experimented with adding some fresh and organic Dandelion leaves to my vegetable smoothies. I love knowing that I'm adding even more nutrition with Dandelion leaves and they are so fantastic for your liver too!
Veggie Smoothie Demonstration - Using The Vita Mix Blender
Some Great video demonstrations for making a vegetable smoothie. Some use fruit in their vegetable smoothies. I don't use fruit in my vegetable smoothies. For a touch of sweetness and flavor enhancer, I use Stevia Sweetener instead (see Amazon link above!).
A savory ALL vegetable green smoothie that you can add to or take away from to suit your taste. She doesn't add any oil or fat in her recipe. I want to encourage you to add at least some of the good fats to your smoothie recipes.
More vegetable suggestions for your green smoothie. Remember, if you use the liquid Stevia (mentioned above), you won't need to add any fruit to your recipe!
A 100 percent veggie smoothie recipe that you can use to replace a meal or two.
Tips For A Great Vegetable Smoothie
The Key is Maintaining a Balance In Flavors
Some folks like the natural flavors that a pitcher full of veggies contains. I on the other hand like to jazz things up a bit and have it taste just the way I like it.
I feel that the key to making a delicious vegetable smoothie is to keep in mind a good balance of all the different flavors. If you prefer a slightly sweet taste, consider adding more liquid Stevia to the recipe. If you like a tart taste, adding more lemon or limes might be the key for you.
My husband loves cayenne pepper and if I were making one for him, I would definitely include some in the recipe. It would add a bite to the flavor that he would dearly love.
Some people can tolerate peppers of different types so experimenting with adding bell pepper, jalapeno peppers, or any other pepper that you find yourself reaching for with a meal. Just keep in mind that when you are blending it in a recipe, a little usually goes a long way!
Strive to have a balance in flavors and you will probably enjoy your vegetable smoothie more and be more inclined to stick with it. I love it when my recipe turns out sweet and tart with a slightly salty base from the kelp powder or dulse flakes I add. Yummy! :)
Useful Links For Further Research - Health Benefits of Adding Veggies to Your Diet
I like doing research and always assume that others do as well. Hopefully these links will aid in your research for including more raw vegetables in your diet.
- ***Great Article!*** Medicinal Properties and Uses of Stevia
A lengthy but excellent article that goes into the different Medicinal properties of Stevia. Be sure to scroll down a ways to the 'Medicinal Uses' section and read the fascinating findings there. In over 1500 years of use by Paraguayans, not one side
- 5 Health Benefits of Stevia
I didn't realize that using Stevia can help with calcium formation! Check out these Stevia benefits.
- Frequently Asked Questions About Coconut Oil
A very in depth look at coconut oil and many of the questions that people have about it.
- Coconut Oil Benefits: When Fat Is Good For You
An Article from Huffington Post by Dr. Mercola that goes into more detail about the health benefits of incorporating Coconut Oil in your diet.
- Coconut Research Center
Another great article listing the health benefits of using Coconut Oil!
- Why Vegetables Are Important In Our Diet
A great article that lays out SOME of the many reasons to incorporate more vegetables into your diet along with some of the health benefits.
- Harvard Educational Information
This information features some of the benefits of eating more vegetables and fruit in your diet.
- About Raw Food Diet
Gives useful information about having more raw foods in your diet.
- Raw Food Diet Faq
This site gives details of the benefits of raw foods and has recipes for you to try.
Vegetable Green Smoothie Recipes
More Vegetable Green Smoothie Recipes! - Vegetable Green Smoothie Links
In case you need more vegetable green smoothie recipes, check out the list below. I'll be adding to this link list as I discover more awesome green smoothie recipes so be sure to bookmark!
- Raw Vegan Spicy Vegetable Green Smoothie
I love the sound of this recipe! No fruit included. That's my kind of Vegetable Green Smoothie recipe. I would definitely add some Liquid Stevia however.
- Sun Dried Tomato Cilantro Green Smoothie
Spicy Green Smoothie recipe! If you can't take the heat, simply omit those ingredients or substitute vegetables that you know you can tolerate.
- Salty Alkaline Kale Green Smoothie
Another delicious Vegetable Green Smoothie recipe! If you don't want to use the Sea Salt, you could try substituting lemons (rinds removed) instead.
- Dr Young's Alkaline Green Smoothie
This Vegetable Green Smoothie recipe even recommends using Stevia!
- Raw Vegan Spicy Tomato Parsley Smoothie
A spicy but smooth smoothie recipe! If you like it spicy, this one is for you. Of course you can omit the spicy chili and have a more mild flavor if you prefer.
I'd love to hear your comments whether you enjoy vegetable smoothies or not! :)