Many smoothies are fruit based or fruit and dairy based. While in the right combinations and proportions these kinds of smoothies can be very healthy for you, too many are high in fat and sugar content. Vegetable smoothies on the other hand, if prepared right, can be excellent tools in weight loss.
Most people’s diets are lacking in vegetables. A vegetable smoothie, even one that mixes fruits and veggies, is a perfect method for getting the vegetables you need in your daily diet. It can also be a beneficial method of getting dietary fiber as well as a variety of vitamins and minerals into your diet as well.
Combining Fruits and Vegetables
Many of the healthiest smoothie recipes are those that combine fruits and vegetables to give you a well balanced diet. Some of these recipes also include dairy and other sources of protein, like protein powder, soy milk, soy powder or soft tofu.
Individuals often find that fruit and veggie combo smoothies have a sweeter and more pleasant flavor while simultaneously delivering a healthy, waistline trimming meal. These kinds of smoothies are becoming increasingly popular and for good reason. They are tasty as well as good for you.
Vegetable Smoothie Recipes
Not all vegetable smoothies contain only veggies. Here’s a yummy combo recipe that is great in the fall and winter for providing a filling and hearty meal.
Apple, Carrot & Cucumber
You will need the following ingredients:
• 1 cup of all natural, no sugar added apple juice
• 1 cup of sliced sweet apple
• ¼ cup all natural, no sugar added apple sauce
• ½ cup sliced carrot
• ½ cup peeled and sliced cucumber
• 2 cups ice
• Pinch or cinnamon
• Dash of nutmeg
Combine all ingredients and mix in a blender until creamy. This smoothie is enjoyed warm, at room temperature or chilled. This recipe makes four, eight-ounce servings.
Many people are hesitant to try veggie smoothies because of they fear the greens or other vegetables in them will overwhelm the flavor of the beverage. There are some very scrumptious and healthy veggie/fruit smoothie combo recipes to consider trying. Here is one that makes a refreshing summer meal.
Kale and Fruit
You’ll need the following:
• 2 bananas
• 1 sweet apple
• 1 pear
• 1 cup of fresh, uncooked kale
• ½ cup water
Blend all ingredients until smooth and green. The pear and banana combination will mask the flavor of the kale, but you still get the nutritional benefits of vegetable smoothies in this uniquely delicious beverage. The recipe makes four, four-ounce servings of rich and creamy goodness.