Smoothies can be a very easy and effective way to get more of your daily fruit and veg in your diet.
However, there are ways to sneak veggies into your smoothies, and still have tasty smoothies.
Stick around, because I am going to give you all the knowledge I have collected from years of developing smoothie recipes!
The Best Vegetables for Smoothies
Getting your daily vegetables in a smoothie comes down to selecting the right vegetables that work well in smoothies.
The last thing you want is a cold vegetable soup, rather than a delicious smoothie made with vegetables.
In order to successfully use vegetables in your smoothies to hit your daily veggies a day, here are a list of the best vegetables for smoothies:
#1. Leafy Greens
Leafy greens work very well in smoothies, and are an easy way to sneak your veggies in your smoothies.
Some of the best green vegetables for smoothies are:
- Beet Greens
- Bok Choy
- Swiss Chard
#2. Cruciferous Vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables work very well with smoothies, and as a bonus, you don’t have to cook them to add them to your smoothies!
Here’s a list of the best cruciferous vegetables for smoothies:
- Bok Choy
- Brussels sprouts
#3. Other Vegetables
There are other vegetables I have personally used in my smoothie recipes that I know work very well.
Here are some of them:
- Sweet Potatoes
Ways To Get Your Daily Vegetables In a Smoothie
After a lot of recipe development and testing, I am sharing my top tips on how you can get your daily veggies in smoothies.
Here are the top tips for ensuring your smoothies meet your daily vegetable intake:
- Use at least 1 cup of vegetables in your smoothies per serving. Also, fill the cup using a variety of veggies.
- Add plenty of leafy greens! Leafy greens such as spinach can hardly impact the taste in smoothies, so adding 2-3 handfuls in your daily smoothie is an easy way to get more veggies in.
- Mix vegetables with some fruit. This will make your smoothies taste more sweet, which will help curb some of the vegetable taste.
- Use frozen vegetables in your smoothies! Frozen veggies help thicken your smoothies and make them taste refreshing, which make your veggie smoothies much more enjoyable.
My Daily Vegetable Smoothie Recipe
My best recipe provides your body with your 5-a day. It’s a fruit and vegetable smoothie, that contains 5 different fruit and veggies!
This smoothie is my favorite when I want to load up on veggies and fruits!
Fruit And Vegetable Smoothie (5-A-Day)
- 1 Blender We used this one
- 1/2 cup/75g frozen pineapple
- 1 handful of kale washed
- 1 medium-sized carrot diced
- 1 medium-sized orange peeled and seeds removed
- 1 small banana or mango
- 2 tbsp Greek yogurt unsweetened
- 200 ml almond milk unsweetened
- Prepare the ingredients as described in the ingredients list.
- Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender and blitz until smooth. For about 2-3 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
SubstitutionsHere are some alternatives you can use to make this smoothie:
- Use any frozen mango instead of pineapple
- Use vegan yogurt instead of Greek yogurt, to make this smoothie suitable for vegans
- Use spinach instead of kale
- Use any dairy-free milk of choice
Vegetables In Smoothie FAQs:
Can I Eat All My Vegetables In a Smoothie?
It is absolutely possible to eat all your daily vegetables in a smoothie. It all comes down to how you select the type of veggies and how you use them in your smoothies.
Are Smoothies Better Than Eating Vegetables?
Neither is better. Smoothies can be a much easier and convenient way to get your veggies in, but eating them whole will provide you with more benefits.
Are Blended Vegetables Still Healthy?
Yes, blending vegetables does not destroy their nutrients. In fact, drinking your vegetables can be an easy and convenient way to eat more of your daily vegetables.