Blend it up – Vegetable Smoothies

We all know that fruit makes a tasty smoothy, but their cousin the vegetable can be just as tasty and is packed full of health-boosting nutrients. Fruits are great when eaten as whole foods, but the energy boost from fruit sugar can fade as quickly as it starts. Vegetables, on the other hand, offer a slower release of energy and nutrients, keeping your blood sugar and energy stable through the day. Next time you blend up your morning smoothie or post-workout recovery drink, try one of these mouthwatering recipes!

Green Smoothie

Kale has gotten a lot of press over the past few years, and for good reason. This dark leafy green is chalk full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and an almost ideal omega 3 to 6 ratio, leading to its well-known antioxidant and anti-inflammatory profile. This super vegetable also helps to fight cancer, visions degeneration, heart disease and supports brain health and detoxification of the body.

  • 1-2 Pieces of kale
  • ½ apple
  • ½ avocado
  • ½ cup frozen watermelon
  • 1 small piece of ginger
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice
  • Coconut water as needed

Add all ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add coconut water as needed to keep it smooth.

Chocolate Cauliflower Smoothie

Smooth, rich and creamy, frozen cauliflower is the new banana. Cauliflower is packed full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, and is a great anti-inflammatory and antioxidant due to its high levels of phytochemicals. Not to mention this cancer-fighting cruciferous vegetable tastes amazing as the base of almost any smoothie.

  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
  • ¾-1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup frozen cauliflower
  • 1/3 cup ice
  • 1 tbsp. cacao nibs

Add all ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

Beet Berry Smoothie 

Earthy and sweet, beets pair beautifully with summer berries, especially strawberries. High in vitamin C, B, fiber and many essential minerals, beets not only give your smoothie a vibrant fuchsia colour, but they help fight inflammation and cancer and aid in detoxifying your body.

  • 1 medium-sized cooked beet, chopped
  • 1/3 cup frozen strawberries
  • ¼ cup of frozen blueberries
  • ¾ cup sunflower shoots
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2-3 ice cubes
  • 2 tbsp. hemp hearts

Add all ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

Boost it Up

Give your smoothie a little extra kick with these nutritious smoothie boosters.

  • Chia seeds
  • Hemp seeds/hearts
  • Maca powder
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Ground flax seed
  • Flax seed oil
  • Collagen
  • Protein powder
  • Greens powder
  • Medicinal mushroom powder
  • Bee pollen
  • Coconut oil
  • Matcha powder

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