How do you get your family to eat their vegetables? With these 10 vegetable smoothies by Olivia Parker!
We all know that eating fruits and vegetables are as essential as eating three times a day. For me, getting my children to eat fruits and vegetables is a feat in itself – they would run away and hie-off to Alaska if they could – they refuse to eat them as is. But with fruit and vegetable smoothie recipes, I am assured that although I don’t see them eating, at least I can see them drinking something I know that’s healthy and nutritious.
If you’re in the same dilemma as I was, then you’re in luck, since you’re reading this. Fruits are much easier to give children because of their natural sweetness (or sourness, depending on the fruit). Vegetables are another matter. So here are some vegetable smoothies to help you out.
(Notice that fruits are usually added because of their natural sweetness and so we can eliminate the need to use sugar.)
One. Most kids (and adults too) love sweet things. Try this combination of fruits and veggies:
- Blend ½ cup of sliced carrots
- ½ cup of cucumber
- 1 cup of apple juice
- 1 cup of sliced sweet apples
- ¼ cup of applesauce
- 2 cups of ice and a dash of nutmeg or cinnamon (for a great fragrance).
Two. Broccoli is one of the most hated vegetables of all time. (Trust me, even I hated it as a kid.)
- Blend 1 chopped carrot
- 4 florets of broccoli
- 2 handfuls of spinach
- 1 chopped apple
- 2 peeled and quartered oranges (both fruits for added sugar)
- a cup of orange juice to dilute. Blend until smooth.
Three. Carrots are good for the eyes, which is why this is perfect for the whole family – for the kids with developing eyes and for the adults with getting-old eyes.
- Blend 2 cups of carrot juice (or a cup of carrot and a cup of carrot juice)
- ½ cup of apple juice
- 6 oz. non-fat vanilla or plain frozen yogurt
- 1 banana. Blend until smooth.
Four. Tomatoes are known for their antioxidant properties. For men, it is also good to take for prevention of prostate cancer. For women, it is said to better the skin.
- Blend 2 cups of chopped tomatoes (fresh tomatoes are best to maximize optimum health benefits)
- ½ cup of tomato juice
- ¼ cup of apple juice
- ½ cup of carrots
- ¼ cup of celery
- a dash of Tabasco or hot sauce for a little kick
- 2 cups of ice. Serve immediately.
Five. I never knew that cucumbers and tomatoes can go well together until I tried this smoothie.
- Blend ½ small chopped cucumber
- ½ cup tomato juice
- ½ teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
- 2 drops of Tabasco sauce
- 4 ice cubes. Blend until the ice is crushed and serve immediately.
Six. I’ve always eaten raw vegetables. If you’re into that too, then this recipe is perfect for you.
- Pour liquid ingredients into blender (2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, 4 tablespoons picante salsa)
- Add the remaining ingredients:
- 1 cup of raw broccoli (I blanch it first though)
- 1 raw tomato
- ½ raw carrot (cut into pieces)
- 1 cup of any leafy green vegetable (kale or a spinach would do)
- 1 clove of raw garlic
- ½ cup of raw hulled sunflower seeds
- ½ cup raw un-hulled sesame seeds
- 1 onion. Blend until creamy.
Seven. Simple and tasty:
- Pour a cup of apple juice in the blender
- Add chopped spinach; process it until well blended
- Add a cup of carrots and 1 banana and blend well.
- Add ice cubes and some more juice as you deem necessary. Blend until smooth.
Eight. Carrot smoothie with a twist. Good for 2 servings. Ingredients are:
- 1 mango (peeled, seeded and chopped)
- 2 bananas (peeled)
- 8 large strawberries
- 2 medium carrots (chopped)
- 2 cups of ice cubes
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 cup of yogurt. Combine each ingredient and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
Nine. Aside from broccoli, celery was my next least favorite vegetable. I realized though that if you blend:
- 3 sticks of celery
- a medium carton of apple juice
- 6 strawberries
- 1 strawberry yogurt… celery suddenly becomes delicious!
Ten. Another tomato smoothie:
- Blend 2 tomatoes (chop first then freeze it)
- 1 cup of tomato juice
- juice of ½ of a lemon
- 3 basil leaves. Mix until smooth and serve.
You can try to experiment on other vegetables as well, but the 10 recipes mentioned are tried-and-tested by our family. So go ahead, push that button, blend and enjoy!
About the Author
Olivia Parker wrote Sensational Smoothies eBook to show people how to get the slim and healthy body they’ve always wanted without fuss or pain or regret. She used to be unhappy about her body and her health, and there were many days when she thought she’d never be different, that she could never change things. Smoothies saved her! And she believes they can save you, too! Visit her at sensationalsmoothies.com.
When you`ve tasted a few, come back and let us know how you liked them!