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Tips to Eating Healthy: Delicious Fruit and Veggie Smoothie Recipes

Updated on July 18, 2011

In God We Trust. Therefore We Don't Eat Vegetables, Because God Made Them Taste Bad, and We Trust His Infinite Wisdom

Ahh, the vegetable. So good for you, and yet, so many better-tasting choices out there. Like potato chips. Ice cream. Chocolate cake. Why can't they be good for us. What is it with life and incessant temptation?

Don't you think an all-knowing God could have made things just a little simpler for us and our pleasure-seeking selves by making the foods and other things that are good for us taste good and give us immediate pleasure and the foods and others things in life that are bad for us taste bad and give us immediate pain, instead of, well, the opposite. I mean, seriously, come on brother, show some love.

One things for certain: All-knowing or not, whoever is behind this whole thing has one twisted sense of humor.

Fruits and Veggies. And Apple Pie

Fortunately, the man upstairs did bestow upon our apple-pie-à-la-mode-loving selves the gifts of creativity and invention. These are terrific tools indeed, as they affords us the opportunity to, among other things, make those items that are not apple pie à-la-mode taste like apple pie à-la-mode.  

Vegetable Alchemy . . . I Can Make That Broccoli Taste Sweet, Dude

You may have figured out by now that I like eating healthy, but I tend not to like many things that are healthy, like vegetables (well, there are exceptions. For instance, I won't turn down a fresh cob of corn, heavy on the butter).

So if you are like me, you don't eat as many vegetables as you should. It may be that you lead a busy lifestyle and often eat on-the-go, going for what is quick and easy rather than what may be healthier for you. Or, it may be that, also like me, you aren't crazy about the taste of most vegetables.


Whatever the reason, I have listed below some of the favorite fruit and vegetable drink recipes that I have created over the years to get my daily vegetable intake. Eating healthy is important, but can be difficult. Just remember, to eat healthy and get all of the fruits and veggies that your body needs, it sometimes takes a bit of vegetable alchemy to make the magic happen. That is, it sometimes it takes a fruit to make you forget that you are also eating a vegetable.

For all of these recipes, I use an Oysterizer blender. It has done a great job for me over many years of daily use and never has a problem handling the heavy ingredients. For each, blend until smooth; makes two servings. If you are concerned about sugar intake, you can substitute an equal part of water for the V-8 V-Fusion for any of the recipes.

Have fun!

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Banana Leaf Smoothie

1 Banana


1 Large Orange


1 1/2 Cups Spinach


4 Large Romaine Lettuce Leaves


1 Cup V-8 V-Fusion Tropical Orange


8-10 Ice Cubes

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Broccoli B. Goode

2 Florets of Broccoli


1 Cup Spinach


1/2 Apple (cored, not skinned)


1/2 Orange


1 Cup V-8 V-Fusion Tropical Orange


6-8 Ice Cubes

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Apple Explosion

Apple (cored, not skinned)


1 Banana


6-8 Romaine Lettuce Leaves


1 1/2 Cups V-8 V-Fusion Passionfruit Tangerine


6-8 Ice Cubes

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The Refresher

2 Oranges


1 Apple (cored, not skinned)


1 Carrot (skinned)


5-7 Romaine Lettuce Leaves


1/2 V-8 V-Fusion Passionfruit Tangerine


6-8 Ice Cubes

Got Whey?

I do a lot of running and bicycling and so I also drink a lot of whey protein shakes. If you are engaged in vigorous exercise for extended periods, your body requires more protein. One hundred percent whey protein helps to repair and rebuild the muscle tissue that has broken down during this exercise. The additional ingredients, such as almonds, bananas and flax seeds, are also terrific for your body and help it to recover faster. Most importantly, these recipes give you an excuse to drink a delicious shake that also happens to be good for you. You can check out my whey protein shake recipes here.

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    • Mike's Corner profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike's Corner 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Hi Teenage Diet -- I hope your kids like the smoothies, and I'll bet they won;t even know they're drinking something healthy!

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      Teenage Diet 

      7 years ago

      Hi Mike,

      This an excellent way for me to get my children to get benefits from vegetables without them saying Yuk!

      Thank you so much,

      Joseph

    • Mike's Corner profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike's Corner 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Your lucky JD, good for you (literally)!

    • JD Barlow profile image

      JD Barlow 

      7 years ago from Southeast US

      It looks like I'm in the minority. I like most veggies.

    • Mike's Corner profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike's Corner 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Haha -- I'm with you there, Tina !

    • Tina Kachan profile image

      Tina Kachan 

      7 years ago from Europe, Croatia

      I was just the same thing to my friend the other day. How come that really healthy things taste so awful. If only chocolate was a healthy grocery, I would be the healthiest person alive :)

    • Mike's Corner profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike's Corner 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Thanks, Pixie, enjoy the smoothies!

    • Pixienot profile image

      Pixienot 

      7 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

      WOW!! Another adult who admits to not liking veggies, only you have a delicious solution! Loved the article and the advice AND the recipes.

      Looking forward.

      Thank you.

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