With busy life and work schedules, it can be difficult to make the time to ensure you’re getting enough greens into your diet.
A healthy, balanced diet is essential to feeling your best. If you’re wondering how to get more greens into your lifestyle, look no further.
In this article, I will cover 15 delicious raw vegetable smoothie recipes. So, next time you want a nutritional breakfast to take on the go, you’re covered.
Let’s get into it.
Beetroot is a great source of fiber, and is a highly versatile vegetable that you can chuck into your morning smoothies with ease. Despite being low in calories, beets are packed full of vitamins and minerals and are naturally very sweet.
However, beetroot can be quite strong in flavor, so it tastes best when you blend it with other ingredients to neutralize the flavor.
This beetroot smoothie combines red beet, celery, ginger, carrot juice, apple, frozen sliced peaches, and almond milk.
Roughly chop your ingredients, chuck them into your blender, and blend!
When it comes to healthy greens, kale reigns supreme. It is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world, and is a highly versatile vegetable that can be chucked into your smoothies raw.
As kale can have quite a bitter flavor on its own, this kale smoothie recipe is made with kale, a banana, ½ an avocado, pineapple, lime juice, and cashew nuts.
The banana and pineapple chunks work to add a touch of sweetness to the smoothie, whilst the lime juice adds a zingy flavor that is super refreshing in the morning.
They’re great for dipping in hummus, but have you ever considered making a cucumber smoothie? Cucumber has a very high water content (95%), making it a very refreshing raw vegetable to add to your smoothies.
Although cucumber can be bland, when it’s blended with other ingredients, it works really well. It is also high in vitamins A, B, and C.
This smoothie recipe has a tropical feel to it and is made with cucumber, pineapple, banana, coconut milk, spinach (or kale), lime juice, water, and ice to thicken the consistency. Delicious!
You will have heard of carrot juices, but what about carrot smoothies? Carrot is a good source of vitamins and minerals, such as biotin, potassium, vitamins A, B6, and K1. As a low calorie food, it can also aid weight loss.
Carrots have a naturally sweet flavor, so work in a variety of different smoothie recipes.
However, this carrot smoothie recipe combines carrot, chopped ginger, banana, mango, pineapple, turmeric, and flax seeds for a delicious and highly nutritious result.
If you have any leftover carrot smoothie mixture, you can also freeze it to make smoothie popsicles!
You might be sceptical about adding avocado to a smoothie, but trust me on this spinach-avocado smoothie!
Avocado has a mild flavor, works to thicken your smoothie and brings a creamy texture to your smoothie. Avocados are also packed with healthy fats, while spinach contains a lot of fiber and vitamins.
This spinach-avocado recipe contains a cup of spinach, ¼ avocado, a cup of nonfat plain yogurt, a banana, water, and honey. You can also add a scoop of your protein powder if you need to get your protein in.
Blend until smooth and enjoy!
If you’re partial to enjoying raw broccoli salads for lunch, why not try a raw broccoli smoothie for a quick breakfast?
Broccoli is a rich source of multiple vitamins, minerals and fiber. However, cooking it can affect its nutritional value, so it’s best to add to your smoothies raw.
This broccoli smoothie combines raw broccoli, banana, mango, strawberries, and spinach with pineapple juice and water.
You can adjust the fruits used until you find your perfect ratio, and you can even add a scoop of protein if you’re headed to the gym!
While you might be used to cooking zucchini noodles, you can actually eat it raw in your smoothies.
Zucchini has a very mild flavor, especially when it is blended with stronger ingredients that mask its taste. Bearing this in mind, it’s a great choice for picky eaters.
This zucchini smoothie uses raw zucchini, spinach, banana, almond milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and vanilla protein powder for boost! This particular recipe is rich in potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B-6, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, magnesium, manganese, calcium, folate, iron and more!
Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals and is packed full of fiber. It’s a great raw vegetable to blend into smoothies for a boost of nutrition, as it has a bland taste that can easily be masked by other ingredients meaning you’ll hardly notice it, and it can be paired with several ingredients.
This cauliflower and turmeric smoothie is made with cauliflower, a banana, almond milk, a medjool date for sweetness, ½ teaspoon of cinnamon and ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder.
Simply combine the ingredients in a powerful blender and serve!
For a super refreshing and vibrant breakfast, why not opt for a green pea with mint smoothie?
Peas are a great source of vitamins C and E, zinc, and several other antioxidants that are known to help strengthen your immune system.
For this recipe, you will need green peas, a banana, a cup of spinach, mint leaves, and almond milk. To increase the protein, you could even add a scoop of protein powder or nut butter.
10. Ginger Smoothie
If you’re feeling run down or under the weather, ginger smoothies are a great way to start your day.
Loaded with gingerol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, ginger is perfect for helping to tackle a variety of ailments, from nausea to cold and flu symptoms.
This recipe contains freshly grated ginger and turmeric, bananas, pineapple, spinach, lemon juice, water, and unsweetened almond milk.
Blend and enjoy any time, particularly when you’re sick.
11. Spinach Smoothie
Spinach is one of the most common ingredients in green smoothies, and when you see its nutritional value, it’s easy to see why.
Spinach is a highly nutritious vegetable, packing high amounts of calcium, iron, carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin K, and folic acid.
This spinach smoothie recipe is entirely vegan, and contains spinach, banana, and soy milk. However, you can use any type of milk if you would prefer, just note that it will no longer be vegan if you opt for cow’s milk.
The banana completely masks the taste of the spinach, making it a great choice for people that don’t enjoy the taste.
If you’re looking for something a little different, this fennel cucumber smoothie is one to try.
Fennel is highly nutritious, and is packed full of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium.
Fennel has a strong aniseed flavor, so if you’re not keen on the taste of it, it’s best to blend it in a smoothie with ingredients that can mask the taste.
This fennel cucumber smoothie contains ½ fennel bulb, cucumber, mint leaves, Greek yogurt and ice to thicken it further and to make it extra cold.
13. Lettuce Smoothie
If you’ve got any leftover lettuce you need to use up, why not chuck it in your smoothie?
Despite its high water content, lettuce provides potassium, calcium, vitamin C and folate.
Lettuce has a very mild and watery flavor on its own as it is made up of around 95% water, making it a hydrating, yet bland choice for your smoothie. However, when it is blended with other ingredients, it makes a very nutritious and delicious smoothie.
This particular recipe combines lettuce, banana, apple, chia seeds, honey, and almond milk. Blend it all together and you’ve got yourself a refreshing smoothie!
14. Rhubarb Smoothie
Rhubarb is commonly mistaken for a fruit, but it’s actually a vegetable, and it works fantastically in a variety of smoothies.
Rhubarb is high in Vitamin C, vitamin K1, and is also incredibly high in fiber.
However, due to the fact that it’s quite sour in flavor, your rhubarb will compliment sweeter ingredients that can help balance out the sourness.
This recipe is made using rhubarb, strawberries, pomegranate juice, milk, honey, and ice to make it super cold.
15. Celery Smoothie
While you might be used to drinking celery juice, making celery smoothies are a great choice when you’re in a rush.
Celery is packed full of antioxidants such as vitamin C, beta carotene, and flavonoids, but there are at least 12 antioxidants in a single stalk.
However, celery juice is naturally pretty bitter, so if you know you won’t enjoy it alone, you’ll want to make sure you opt for a recipe that sweetens it slightly.
To make this smoothie recipe, you will need celery, apple, a banana, grated ginger, 2 cups of spinach, water, lemon juice, and ice. Blend it together and serve immediately!
Hopefully after reading this article you have plenty of inspiration for your raw vegetable smoothies.
So, next time you need a quick and healthy breakfast, you have plenty of ideas up your sleeve!