There is nothing better than a delicious smoothie, especially to cool down with after a long day. But which smoothie is your favorite? Strawberry-kiwi? Chocolate banana? Or how about broccoli? Let’s take a look at the best broccoli smoothie recipes.
Broccoli actually tastes delicious in a smoothie. I don’t care what the critics say. In fact, broccoli has gotten a bad rap for way too long. Sure, if you eat it raw from a frozen bag of vegetables it is going to taste terrible. But if you have fresh broccoli it is really good, doubly good if you add some spinach and other vegetables (and one or two fruits) and grind them into a smoothie.
It even looks good, a vibrant and very healthy green full in your glass. I personally think the broccoli smoothie tastes best in the morning, especially when you need an extra kick to start the day. Coffee is great, sure. But there is something invigorating about hearing the burr of the blender, pouring the thick green smoothie into your travel cup, then enjoying a refreshingly chilled broccoli smoothie on your way to work.
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Easy as Broccoli
Everyone knows broccoli is good for you, but almost nobody knows why. The truth is that broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin K and vitamin C. It is a great source of folate, fiber, and potassium. This means that broccoli helps to build collagen for bone and tissue, while at the same time helping your body heal its wounds. Broccoli is super healthy.
So, let’s add it to our smoothie to have a healthy drink in the morning. I promise it’s delicious.
For a basic broccoli smoothie, it could not be easier. For those who hate broccoli but want to force themselves to be healthy, this recipe is great because you will hardly taste the broccoli at all. The smoothie will be naturally sweet.
- Throw a double handful of broccoli into your blender, steamed, frozen, or raw
- Add a single frozen banana
- Chunks of fresh or ripe mango
- A lot of fresh spinach – pack in a lot of the green, it blends easily
- One handful of strawberries, fresh or frozen
- About half a cup of pineapple juice, which really helps the broccoli flavor – plus it is super healthy
That’s all there is to it. Blend your fruits and veggies until your smoothie looks like a smoothie, which in this case is vibrant green and thick. It will smell good too. Then enjoy!
If you want more broccoli flavor, consider taking out the pineapple juice altogether and adding more broccoli. On the other hand, if the broccoli taste is too much, try adding some more strawberries and another quarter cup of pineapple juice.
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Two Recipes: Broccoli Berry & Broccoli Melon
You didn’t think I would stop at only one broccoli recipe, did you? No way. I want to go further into the realm of the broccoli smoothie. You and I are going to look at some more sweet ingredients to add to our delicious green drink.
My first recipe is going to come with raspberries and blueberries, and the second is going to be a melon broccoli smoothie. Both smoothies have their own unique sweetness and delightful broccoli taste. But not too much broccoli. These smoothies really do taste as if broccoli had been born a fruit.
For these recipes, you are going to need a blender, a scale to weigh the berries, a knife to do some cutting and a vegetable peeler to do some peeling. And don’t forget your favorite lawn chair, that way you can sit on the terrace and really enjoy the refreshing taste of a chilled broccoli berry or broccoli melon smoothie.
Broccoli Berry Smoothie
- 180 grams of broccoli – the whole broccoli, stalk and all
- 180 grams of raspberries, either fresh or frozen
- 180 grams of blueberries, either fresh or frozen
- 15 prunes
- 240 milliliters of either coconut water or almond milk
- 4 tablespoons of lemon juice
- One pinch of quality sea salt
The result should be a reddish-purple, almost mahogany drink that looks absolutely delicious. This recipe gives you the best of both worlds, the healthiness of broccoli, and the robust flavor of berries.
It is important to note that you can always substitute raspberries and blueberries for mixed berries or only one kind of berry. It is totally up to you.
Broccoli Melon Smoothie
- 180 grams of broccoli, either fresh or frozen
- 300 grams of honeydew, deseeded and peeled
- 300 grams of peeled pear
- 240 milliliters of coconut water or almond milk
- 4 tablespoons of lime juice
- One quality pinch of sea salt
As you can see, I have simply replaced the berry for melon. The result is a lush green broccoli melon smoothie that is going to make your mouth water. If you want a bit more zest in your melon smoothie, feel free to add a kiwi or two. Honestly, you can’t go wrong adding healthy greens to any smoothie.
Broccoli Smoothies Recipe: Final Thoughts
Broccoli smoothies, whether with berries or melons, strawberries, and bananas, or really with any other yummy ingredient, are an excellent way to start your day. These smoothies are super good for you, they taste fresh and delicious, and are great to add to any healthy breakfast.
There is no reason that you need to be scared of broccoli anymore. As for the kids, you can trick them into drinking broccoli thanks to the smooth and sweet flavors of these broccoli smoothie recipes.
Don’t be shy to add your own twists and improvisations to the recipes. These are not written in stone, and you can have a lot of fun by trying different fruits and different veggies with your broccoli smoothie. When it comes to smoothies, so long as you have a blender, the sky is the limit.