There are lots and lots of recipes for smoothies out there. And smoothies aren’t left to just fruit anymore, either. Vegetables are a wonderful addition to any smoothie recipes, and there are lots of ways to add these nutritious components to your next smoothie.
While lots of smoothies combine fruits and vegetables, this one is strictly for vegetables.
If that sounds a little daunting and unappealing to you, you ought to try it out. If you enjoy vegetable juice or tomato juice, it’s a lot like drinking one of those but icier!
1 1/2 cups tomato juice
1/3 cup carrot juice
1 stalk celery (with leaves)
1/2 cup spinach leaves
1/2 cucumber (peeled)
1 cup ice
Garnish: slice of cucumber or celery stalk
Steps to Make It
1.Gather the ingredients.
2.In a blender, place the tomato juice, carrot juice, celery, spinach, cucumber, and ice. (You could also use any other small appliance that makes smoothies. Do not use a juicer as the juices will simply strain the juice out of the vegetables and leave behind the fiber-rich and nutrient-rich portion of the vegetables.)
3.Process the mixture until it is smooth. You may add water or more ice if the consistency of the smoothie is thinner than you would like.
4.Pour the smoothie equally into 2 glasses and garnish with an extra slice of cucumber or a celery stalk.
There are lots of juicing and smoothie machines and appliances out there. But if you don’t have an appliance specifically for that, it’s ok. You can use a good old blend and get the same results. Just make sure that you set it on the setting that is most likely to make your smoothie as smooth as possible.
When you whip up one of these vegetable smoothies, it’s like drinking a tall, icy, delicious V8! Except with these smoothies, you made it yourself, and you exactly know what went into it, so you can feel confident that what you are drinking or eating is full of healthful, delicious ingredients.
A few other tips when making this smoothie. If you wish to give it a try without peeling the cucumber, and your blender can handle it, give it a try. Lots of times, the most nutrition in a vegetable is in its brightly colored skin or peel, so eat the peel when you can, and you will give yourself an extra nutritional boost.
Also, the recipes call for adding the leaves of the celery to the smoothie. The celery leaves are often loaded with flavor and can add terrific flavor to your smoothie.