8 Fabulous Vegetables To Blend In A Green Smoothie – From Broccoli To Zucchini!

7 Fabulous Vegetables To Blend In Your Next Green Smoothie

Are you ready to take your green smoothies to the next level?

Add variety, as well as even more minerals and unique phytonutrients to your blends by adding non-leafy vegetables like broccoli, celery, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, beets, and even zucchini to your next green smoothie!

Here are eight fabulous vegetables that you should start blending!

1) Broccoli Green Smoothie Recipes, Nutrition, & Health Benefits

Broccoli Green Smoothies Recipes and Nutrition

Broccoli can be a hit or miss when it comes to green smoothies.

The first time my husband added broccoli to his smoothie, he added a few florets. Our old blender (this was pre-Vitamix days) was no match for broccoli’s toughness and the little “flowers” didn’t blend. He sipped and chewed a very gritty smoothie.

Once we got our Vitamix, we tried again. Only this time, he stuffed an entire stalk of broccoli in the blender. It certainly liquefied completely (no sipping and chewing), but it was so bitter he couldn’t drink it. Liquefying broccoli not only releases its nutrition, it also unleashes its bitterness.

Since these first attempts, I’ve experimented with this nutritious green vegetable and found that broccoli can actually work really well, and taste fine, in a green smoothie if you use it the right way.

The trick is to use frozen broccoli florets, or use broccoli that has been lightly steamed and then chilled. Doing this breaks down the fiber and makes it a lot smoother to blend in a green smoothie.

Broccoli Nutrition and Health Benefits

Broccoli is a great source of vitamins A (as beta-carotene) and C and is also a good source of folate. Folate is especially important for women who are pregnant. Insufficient folate in the diet of pregnant women may increase the risk of brain defects in growing fetuses. One cup of broccoli contains 14% RDA (recommended daily allowance) of folate.

Broccoli also contains small amounts of all B vitamins (except B12), copper, potassium and phosphorus as well as dietary fiber. The antioxidants in broccoli may play a role in reducing the risk of breast, cervical and prostate cancer while also boosting liver function.

3 Delicious Broccoli Smoothie Recipes


1) Pineapple-Broccoli Green Smoothie Recipe

Here’s a delicious green smoothie that highlights the tropical sweet flavor of pineapple while hiding the taste of mineral-rich broccoli.

Pineapples also contain nutrients that may have anti-inflammatory properties. Bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, may also support digestion.

  • 1 cup frozen broccoli
  • 1 and 1/2 cups pineapple, cubed
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1-2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 8 ounces (236 ml) unsweetened almond milk

Calories: 339 | Protein: 9g | Carbohydrates: 74g | Calcium: 12% | Iron: 3.8mg | Vitamin A: 79% | Vitamin C: 340%

2) Banana-Peanut Butter Green Smoothie Recipe with Broccoli

  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1 cup frozen broccoli, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach
  • 8 filtered water

Calories: 172 | Fat: 4.9g (gram) | Protein: 5g | Carbs: 32g | Calcium: 3% | Iron: 1mg | Vitamin A: 75% | Vitamin C: 72%

3) Basic Banana and Broccoli Smoothie

  • 2 large bananas, peeled
  • 2 cups frozen broccoli, chopped
  • 8 ounces of filtered water

Calories: 152 | Fat: 0.8g (gram) | Protein: 4g | Carbs: 37g | Calcium: 4% | Iron: 1mg | Vitamin A: 22% | Vitamin C: 103%

2) Celery Smoothie Recipes, Nutrition, & Health Benefits

Celery Smoothie Recipes and Nutrition

Celery is a great addition to your green smoothies. A stalk or two does not add an overly “veggie flavor”, and it can help cut the sweetness of a smoothie that is “too sweet”.

Celery Nutrition and Health Benefits

Celery is said to have anti-inflammatory properties, which may help with relieve inflammatory aliments such as asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Celery is also a good source of dietary fiber.

Celery contains vitamins A (as beta-carotene) and K with two medium stalks providing 12% and 20% RDA respectively.

A medium stalk of celery adds 2% RDA of calcium to your smoothie as well as some healthy, natural sodium.

How To Best Use Celery In A Green Smoothie

Celery has a distinct flavor that can overpower a green smoothie recipe if you add too much. I usually only add one or two stalks in a large recipe.

It’s best to use sweet fruit like pineapple or red grapes with mild greens such as spinach or lettuce when you use celery.

High speed blenders have no trouble blending up even the toughest fibers and “strands” of celery. Low-end blenders might leave bits of celery fiber and strings intact.

You can blend up both the stalks and the leaves in smoothies.

Celery Green Smoothie Recipes

1) Celery-Red Grape Smoothie

  • 1 cup red grapes
  • 1 small banana, peeled
  • 1-2 medium stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 small handfuls of fresh baby spinach
  • 2 ounces of filtered water if needed

Calories: 236 | Fat: 1g (grams) | Protein: 4g | Carbs: 56g | Calcium: 11% | Vitamin A: 76% | Vitamin C: 84%

2) Celery-Pineapple Smoothie

  • 1 small banana, peeled
  • 1 medium stalk celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pineapple, cubed
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach

Calories: 151 | Fat: 1g (gram) | Protein: 4g | Carbs: 37g | Calcium: 8% | Vitamin A: 197% | Vitamin C: 74%

3) Cucumber Smoothie Recipes, Nutrition, & Health Benefits

Cucumber Smoothie Recipes and Nutrition

Cucumbers add a crisp, refreshing flavor and texture to fruit and green smoothies.

Keep cucumber smoothie flavors simple by using delicate base fruits such as pears or apples and flavor fruits such as melons, papaya or orange.

Cucumber Nutrition and Health Benefits

Cucumbers are a good source of vitamin C and also contain vitamin A (as beta-carotene), molybdenum, folate, manganese, silica, potassium and magnesium. Cucumbers are an excellent source of dietary fiber.

Cucumbers are known for their ability to improve the complexion of skin and studies suggest that they can even help lower blood pressure.

Cucumber Smoothie Recipes

1) Cucumber-Pear

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 pears
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
  • 1/2 cup of water

Calories: 247 | Fat: 0.7g (grams) | Protein: 5.2g | Carbs: 65.3g | Calcium: 15% | Vitamin A: 88% | Vitamin C: 78%

2) Low Calorie Cucumber-Melon

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 cups or 1/2 ripe honeydew melon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup water

Calories: 153 | Fat: 0.9g (grams) | Protein: 4.6g | Carbs: 37.1g | Calcium: 7% | Vitamin A: 222% | Vitamin C: 210%

3) Cucumber-Cantaloupe

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 cups or 1/2 ripe cantaloupe
  • 1 cup watermelon
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
  • 1/2 cup water

Calories: 209 | Fat: 0.9g (grams) | Protein: 7g | Carbs: 45.6g | Calcium: 15% | Vitamin A: 310% | Vitamin C: 260%

Be sure to try this delicious green smoothie recipe with cucumber:

4) Carrot Smoothie Recipes, Nutrition, & Health Benefits

Carrot Smoothie Recipes and Nutrition

Carrots add a great nutritional element and can be used in many smoothie recipes. Their delicate flavor is easily masked by or even complements many fruits.

They blend especially well with oranges, apples, ginger, and mango.

Carrot Nutrition and Health Benefits

Carrots are famously rich in beta carotene, which the body processes into vitamin A.

Carrots also pack a well-rounded nutritional punch including vitamins C, B3, B6, E and K as well as minerals such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, molybdenum and potassium. They are also a great source of dietary fiber.

Nutrients in carrots may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Carrots are famous for protecting vision, especially night vision. Beta carotene, of which carrots are one of the riches sources, has been studied for its potential in reducing the risk of certain cancers.

Green Smoothies Recipes With Carrot

Carrots can be added to most smoothies and despite their hard, fibrous texture, blend up nicely in a high-powered blender.

If you do not have a high-powered blender, try steaming before blending them (let the carrots cool, first).

Here are a few of my favorite green smoothie recipes that call for carrots:

1) Mango-Carrot Smoothie Recipe

Mango-Carrot Smoothie Recipe

This mango-carrot smoothie provides a large dose of beta-carotene (pro-vitamin A).

You can also add fresh ginger to this smoothie. Simply grate about a teaspoon of fresh ginger before blending.

Calories: 266 | Fat: 2g | Protein: 4g | Carbohydrates: 57g | Calcium: 5% RDA | Iron: 0.8mg | Vitamin A (as beta-carotene): 112% RDA | Vitamin C: 169% RDA

2) Carrot-Apricot Smoothie

  • 2 apricots
  • 1 apple
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
  • 2 whole carrots
  • 1/2 cup water

Calories: 176 | Fat: 0.8g (grams) | Protein: 4.8g | Carbs: 43.7g | Calcium: 13% | Vitamin A: 453% | Vitamin C: 77%

3) Carrot-Mango Smoothie

  • 1 mango
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
  • 2 whole carrots
  • 1/2 cup water

Calories: 205 | Fat: 1g (gram) | Protein: 4.5g | Carbs: 52g | Calcium: 14% | Vitamin A: 458% | Vitamin C: 150%

4) Carrot-Apple Smoothie

  • 2 whole carrots
  • 1 apple
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1/2 cup water

Calories: 164 | Fat: 0.7g (grams) | Protein: 4.8g | Carbs: 41.3g | Calcium: 15.5% | Vitamin A: 430% | Vitamin C: 72%

5) Tomato Smoothie Recipes, Nutrition, & Health Benefits

Okay, I know. Tomatoes are technically a fruit, not a vegetable. But you know what they say…”knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit, while wisdom is knowing not to cut one up in a fruit salad.”

However, tomatoes are totally fine in a green smoothie! They blend well with sweet fruits like mangoes, as well as savory ones like avocado.

They are perfect for savory smoothies or blended soups. I sometimes make vegetable smoothies with tomato, cucumber, sun-dried tomatoes and red peppers.

Tomato Nutrition and Health Benefits

Tomatoes are a good source of vitamins A (as beta-carotene) and C.

A large tomato contains about 431.3 milligrams of potassium (9% RDA). They also contain small amounts of the B vitamins (except B12), copper, calcium, iron and phosphorus as well as dietary fiber.

Tomatoes are also a rich source of chromium, which plays a role in regulating blood sugar. Studies have shown that tomatoes may provide protection against high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Tomatoes are also a great source of the powerful antioxidant carotenoid, lycopene. Lycopene has been studied for its potential for protecting against cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, male infertility and certain cancers – specifically cancers of the prostate, lung and stomach.

While the prevention of these diseases by eating tomatoes is commonly promoted, the scientific research is ongoing and currently too limited to make specific claims.

Regardless, it’s a good idea to get more tomatoes in your diet!

Green Smoothie Recipes With Tomato

A lot of people don’t like the taste of tomatoes on their own (I’m one of them) so it can be very tricky to add them to a green smoothie. I find that adding mango helps to sweeten the flavor and gives the smoothie a creamy base.

I prefer to use either grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes or small Campari tomatoes.

I wouldn’t blend a giant beefsteak tomato with a banana. That might be a little weird in the flavor department, but dropping 6 or 7 sweet grape tomatoes or a small plum tomato in a big blend or mango-coconut smoothie won’t change the flavor and will provide a good dose of lycopene and other nutrients.

I use tomatoes as a base in blender soups and savory vegetable smoothies.

1) Mango-Tomato Smoothie

  • 1 mango, peeled and pitted
  • 4 ounces of homemade almond milk
  • 2 Campari tomatoes
  • 1 cup pineapple, cubed
  • 1 cup cilantro, loosely packed
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach

Calories: 274 | Fat: 1.6g (gram) | Protein: 6.5g | Carbs: 67g | Calcium: 16% | Iron: 4.0 mg | Vitamin A: 545% | Vitamin C: 252%

2) The Raw “V-Gr8”

  • 1 mango, peeled and pitted
  • 2 medium tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 medium stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 ounces of water

Calories: 210 | Fat: 1.3g (grams) | Protein: 4.1g | Carbs: 51.9g | Calcium: 7% | Iron: 1.2 mg | Vitamin A: 467% | Vitamin C: 104%

6) Beet Smoothie Recipes, Nutrition, & Health Benefits

Beet Smoothie Recipes and Nutrition

Have you ever considered using beets in your green smoothies? No, I’m not talking about beet greens. I’m talking about the hard root part!

How To Use Beets In A Green Smoothie Recipe

Beets have an earthy flavor that blends well with strawberries, pineapple and bananas.

You probably don’t want a beet-flavored smoothie, but if you blend it with sweet fruit and use mild greens, you’ll get a delicious green smoothie with a wonderful purplish color and an excellent source of folate.

Be sure to cut the beet into small pieces before blending, and only blend them if you have a high-speed blender (see my blender recommendations). You can also use beet juice as the liquid in this recipe.

Avoid using bitter greens like dandelion and kale in smoothies that contain beet. Instead, blend beets with escarole, butterhead or romaine lettuces, or use fresh baby spinach.

Beet Nutrition and Health Benefits

Beets are particularly rich in folate. One 2-inch diameter beet contains up to 22% RDA of folate. Beets are also a great source of copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and potassium. A small beet provides 35 calories and 1 gram of protein.

Beets have been used for centuries in folk medicine. The pigment in red beets, betanin, is said to have antioxidant properties.

Beet Smoothie Recipes

1) Beet-Berry Smoothie

  • 1 small beet root, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 small orange, peeled and deseeded
  • 8 ounces homemade almond milk

Calories: 220 | Fat: 3g (grams) | Protein: 5g | Carbs: 46g | Calcium: 9% | Vitamin A: 31% | Vitamin C: 192%

2) Grape-Root Tea Smoothie

  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small beet, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup red grapes
  • 1 clementine, peeled and deseeded
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger root
  • 8 ounces green tea, chilled

Calories: 200 | Fat: 1g (grams) | Protein: 4g | Carbs: 50g | Calcium: 6% | Vitamin A: 344% | Vitamin C: 67%

3) Beet-Apple Smoothie

  • 1 medium banana, peeled
  • 1 large apple, cored and peeled
  • 4 ounces fresh beet juice

Calories: 245 | Fat: 1g (grams) | Protein: 3g | Carbs: 63g | Calcium: 9% | Vitamin A: 31% | Vitamin C: 335%

7) Zucchini Smoothie – Yes, You Can Use Zucchini In A Green Smoothie!

Have you ever considered putting a zucchini in a green smoothie? It’s actually really good! And good for you.

Zucchini is a great source of B vitamins, as well as many minerals. It’s full of fiber and the flavor is mild so it is easily masked with sweeter fruit.

Here are two green smoothie recipes that use zucchini:

1) Banana Apple Zucchini Smoothie Recipe

This isn’t technically a “green” smoothie because I didn’t use leafy greens. The zucchini will give it a green color, though.

Overall, it’s a tasty and easy smoothie!

  • 1 organic banana, peeled
  • 1 large organic apple, cored
  • 1 organic zucchini, chopped
  • 4 to 6 ounces of filtered water

Calories: 231 | Fat: 1g | Protein: 4g | Carbohydrates: 58g | Calcium: 5% RDA | Iron: 15% RDA | Vitamin A: 19% RDA | Vitamin C: 58% RDA

2) Pineapple-Zucchini Green Smoothie

One of my readers, Charla, sent me this tasty green smoothie recipe using zucchini.

It’s a delicious and refreshing mineral-rich smoothie. Don’t be turned off by the zucchini because it has a subtle taste that is masked by the pineapple.

  • 1 medium organic zucchini
  • 1/2 cup organic Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
  • 2 stalks organic celery
  • 1/2 can pineapple and juice (I used 1 cup fresh, chopped pineapple)
  • 8 ounces filtered water

Calories: 139 | Fat: 1g | Protein: 4g | Carbohydrates: 32g | Calcium: 11% RDA | Iron: 3.2mg | Vitamin A: 112% RDA | Vitamin C: 174% RDA

8) Sweet Potato

I love sweet potatoes and I love green smoothies, so I finally decided to make a sweet potato green smoothie! It was delicious!

Sweet Potato Nutrition and Health Benefits

Sweet potatoes are an exceptionally rich source of vitamin A (as beta-carotene). They also are a good source of vitamins B5 and B6, as well as copper.

Sweet potatoes contain antioxidants as well as storage proteins called sporamins which are released when cut and may provide antioxidant benefits.

Sweet potato has a low-medium glycemic effect, which could be beneficial for those with diabetes.

How To Use Sweet Potatoes In A Smoothie Recipe

Sweet potatoes can be used as a creamy base for a green smoothie. Blend it with banana to sweeten and fill out the creamy smoothie base. I like to use spices like cinnamon, vanilla and all spice. Citrus is also good with sweet potato.

While sweet potatoes are edible raw, they are more nutritious when cooked, and some argue that they are healthier. You’ll get more of the flavor from sweet potato when it is cooked as well, and the texture is better when making a smoothie.

Since they contain trypsin inhibitors, raw sweet potatoes can inhibit digestive enzymes, making your body work harder to digest protein. However, small amounts of raw sweet potatoes (blended or juiced) won’t harm you. I wouldn’t recommend consuming large quantities of raw sweet potato, or consuming it on a daily basis, but a little bit is just fine.

I’ve tested sweet potato a few ways. I blended it in a smoothie using both raw and cooked potato, and I juiced it.

If you blend raw sweet potato, I recommend using a high-speed blender since it might not blend well in a standard department store blender.

Juicing it in a masticating juicer (I use an Omega J8005) makes a tasty juice. The juice image on this page is made with 1-and-1/2 small sweet potatoes, two medium carrots and one green apple.

Sweet Potato Smoothie Recipes

1) Citrus Sweet Potato Smoothie

  • 1 cup cooked and cooled sweet potato, mashed
  • 2 oranges, deseeded
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Calories: 386 | Fat: 1g (grams) | Protein: 7g | Carbs: 93g | Calcium: 17% | Iron: 2.7 mg | Vitamin A: 1744% | Vitamin C: 231%

2) Sweet Potato-Banana Green Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup cooked and cooled sweet potato, mashed
  • 1 medium banana, peeled
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • Dash of all-spice
  • 4 ounces almond milk

Calories: 243 | Fat: 1g (grams) | Protein: 5g | Carbs: 58g | Calcium: 9% | Iron: 3.1 mg | Vitamin A: 1051% | Vitamin C: 53%

Now that you have some ideas for expanding your green smoothie diversity by using non-leafy vegetables, try diversifying the leafy greens that you blend!

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