Fruit and Vegetable Smoothie Recipes

I have to confess something, I am not really a big fan of eating vegetables. It’s something that I haven’t been able to shake off since I was a kid and I suspect I am not the only one! It is one of the big reasons I am an advocate for smoothies as a means of getting these vitally important foods into our regular eating habits because I still recognize the role they play in our health, and I believe natural food is essentially medicine.

It doesn’t mean we have to deal with the yucky taste factor though! Because not only can you mask the taste of many vegetables (not all), but you can also create new “flavors” where the fruits “soften” the sometimes sharp or overpowering taste of many vegetables to make something uniquely sublime tasting and of course, healthy.  (scan to the bottom of the page for the recipes!)

"The Big Red"

Tomato, Beet, Strawberries, and Cherries! Yum!

Drink Your Vegetables!

OK, so I am assuming many of you have heard about or have had a “green smoothie” before. But for those of you who have not, these are usually fruit smoothies that also have some greens blended in for extra nutrition. The greens I see most people use, and that I use myself, are usually kale, spinach, different varieties of chard, and even wheat grass when affordable (or if you are lucky enough to grow your own!).

Now while greens are considered to be in the “vegetable” family, they are technically a “grass” and are separate from what we think of as vegetables like squash, carrots, peppers etc. One of the reasons you here more about “green smoothies” then “vegetable smoothies”  (beyond being a handy catchphrase) is the fact that greens are some of the most nutrient dense foods we can eat, PLUS it is one of the food groups that people, especially in the western world, do not get remotely enough of.

Can’t I Just EAT My Veggies? (of course you should!)

By sufficiently emulsifying and blending greens, and frankly all other forms of produce, you can not only get a larger volume of vegetables, fruits, and greens then you would normally by eating them whole, but you also make the nutrients more “available” to your body. This basically means your digestive system absorbs much more of the good stuff locked in the hard fibrous cell walls of the tougher greens and veggies. What it also means, is that you effectively have a convenient liquid salad you can take with you on the go to your job or wherever else you may need a nutritional kick. Unlike juiced vegetables and and fruit, smoothies will usually “keep” in the fridge much longer (and retain there nutrition longer as well). I have found that these types of smoothies are one of the best ways to get finicky vegetable eaters like myself.  These work even as tasty fruit and vegetable smoothie recipes for kids too!

And without further ado…a couple healthy fruit and vegetable smoothie recipes! As Always, I recommend you use all organic produce if possible!

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