3 Veggie-Packed Smoothies for Beginners
These 3 Veggie-Packed Smoothies for Beginners are healthy, easy to make, and have “hidden” veggies in them!
If there’s one thing I love to have for breakfast in the morning, it’s a healthy smoothie recipe or a smoothie bowl (like açai bowls.)
These are 3 of my favourite go-to breakfast smoothies that all have “hidden” veggies in them so you can benefit from getting an extra serving of veggies in first thing in the morning!
Three vegetable smoothie recipes
One of my nutrition goals is to make sure to fuel my body with nutritiously dense foods.
One of my favorite ways to get in some quick, easy, and healthy nutrition is with smoothies! I know adding vegetables to smoothies can still be a little “taboo” for some, so I wanted to create 3 veggie-packed smoothie recipes for beginners.
First of all, I promise you can’t taste the veggies, and you won’t even know that they’re there.
Why add veggies to smoothies?
- It’s an easy way to get in an extra serving of veggies for your daily intake
- Adding more veggies means adding less fruit-keeping your smoothie low in sugar (therefore, lower glycemic too!)
- Veggies are densely nutritious and great to consume for overall health
I encourage everyone to set a goal for 2018 to try and add some more veggies to your diet! (and smoothies!)
Now let’s move on to the other ingredients in these smoothies.
I always like to add some sort of “superfood” to my smoothies to make them as nutritious as possible.
What to Put in Smoothies – My Favorite Add-Ins
- Chia seeds
- Hemp hearts
- Flax seeds
- Maca powder
- Turmeric (fresh or ground)
- Ginger (fresh or ground)
- Plant-based protein powder
There are of course many other add-ins that I love, but these are my “go-to’s.”
What I love about smoothies so much is you can add in so many nutritious ingredients to blend up and you have a quick and easy meal that is loaded with vitamins, nutrients and will leave you feeling amazing.
The secret to a perfect superfood smoothie is:
- A serving of veggies (spinach, kale, cauliflower, zucchini, and carrot, are good options)
- A serving of some type of fruit (frozen fruit is ideal for a thicker texture)
- 1-2 servings of extra add-ins
- liquid (plant-based milk, coconut water, fresh juice)
Tips & suggestions:
- Keep bananas, berries, and some veggies in your freezer to have on hand for smoothies all the time!
- If using fresh fruit, you may want to reduce the liquid content or add ice for a thicker texture
- Add-in any of your favorite superfoods to any of these smoothies!
- If you love these 3 veggie-packed smoothies for beginners you’ll also love my favorite green smoothie recipe!
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3 Veggie-Packed Smoothies for Beginners
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 5 mins
- Yield: 1 serving 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Blend
- Cuisine: American
Learn how to make these 3 basic but delicious smoothies packed with hidden veggies!
Berry Ginger Zing Smoothie
- 1/2 cup raspberries (frozen)
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- 1/2 cup cauliflower (*steamed for easier digestion)
- 1 1-inch cube ginger
- 1 cup nut milk (I use almond milk)
Daily Greens Smoothie
- 1/2 cup spinach
- 1/4 avocado
- 1/2 banana (frozen)
- 1 tbsp hemp hearts
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 cup nut milk (I use almond)
Nutty Banana Smoothie
- 1 banana (frozen)
- 1/2 cup zucchini, skin removed and chopped into cubes
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup nut milk (or light coconut milk)
- For each smoothie, add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Drink right away and enjoy!
- Serving Size: 1 smoothie
- Calories: 300
- Sugar: 18g
- Fat: 8g
- Saturated Fat: 2g
- Carbohydrates: 30g
- Fiber: 9g
- Protein: 8g
Keywords: smoothie recipe with frozen fruit, healthy breakfast smoothie recipe, green smoothie for weight loss
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So delicious! I love it!
Glad you enjoyed!
Hi, I stumbled across these recipes and can’t wait to try them.
What is a 1-inch cube of ginger? Do
You use raw ginger or is It somehow pre-prepared? I’m not familiar with a product that sells ginger cubed to which you are referring…
Hi Kate, it’s just ginger root and you cut off a 1-inch piece of it to use!
I’m on weight watchers so I wanted the green smoothie to equal zero points and it did and it was delicious. I had a large amount of salad greens left over from a dinner party and wanted to make sure they did not go bad. I used those greens, a banana, frozen blueberries and water. Thank you.
Happy you enjoyed it Kenny!
none of these have 3 vegetables i’m really confused what about these are three veggie?
Hi JJ, there are three smoothie recipes, each containing a vegetable!
Lovely, I have enjoyed reading this
Glad you enjoyed!
I only used fruits and yogurt to make smoothies earlier, now I’ve started using some green veggies. Avocado and Spinach are my favorites now!
Spinach is great in smoothies! 🙂
I love them thank you so much. I made the strawberry one and the spinach. Gonna try tomorrow the peanuts. 🥰🥰🥰🥰
You’re welcome Luciene! 🙂
Lovely! I’m gonna try and m sure will love all of them!
I’ll definitely make this again. I think it tastes best with a little bit of honey though!
Happy you liked them Chelle!
SO DELICIOUS! This is such a great recipe!
I did exactly that, and it made the awesome recipe into an AMAZING recipe. Thank you much to sharing it!
Thanks Janelle! Glad you enjoyed!
Is frozen pineapple a good choice to add to green veggie smoothies?
Hi Shari, yes you can use frozen fruit! Just remember if using all frozen ingredients, you may need to adjust the amount of liquid to add to the smoothies.
Awesome post! I made your choco powerhouse smoothies yesterday and my kids loved it a lot! I’m gonna try out the other recipes as well! Thanks for this great sharing!
Thanks Samantha! Happy you’re enjoying the recipes 🙂
I’m super tempted to try this…. and then throw it in the dehydrator to make some sneaky ‘veggie’ fruit-roll-ups… maybe some apple to replace the liquid…. I guess I’ll see how it goes!
Let me know how it goes Sarah!
Thanks for this. It made… and although my five-year-old son is not YET a fan, I loved it!! It will definitely be added to our breakfast meal options… And I will certainly be trying your other smoothie recipes with our family. Delicious!! 🙂
Your welcome! Hopefully your Son will be a smoothie fan soon 🙂
I think its is great idea for hot summer days. I will soon try these. thanks you!
This is the best recipe for hot summer days. Thanks you!
Hi! I am looking for veggie smoothies for my toddler. These look great but … Is there any reason it specifies nut milk and not cow’s milk? My son’s pediatrician says cow’s milk helps your body to absorb more nutrients from the veggies, so I was wondering if I could get away with using that? Also, do these smoothies do a good job of masking the veggie taste? My husband and I are big fans of juices with earthy tastes, but our son thinks they taste too much like vegetables so he won’t drink them. I need a smoothie that he enjoys consuming, but is low on sugar and high on veggies.
Hi there, you are welcome to use cows milk if you prefer!
Hi Jess, can you sub nut milk for cow’s milk?
Hi Bernadette, yes you can if that is what you prefer!
Hi Jess, I blanch my fresh cauliflower & then snap freeze to add to other ingredients for the week ahead, I would like to add the carrots and zucchini should I do the same or can I just freeze them after dicing?
Hi Jill, you can simply freeze them after dicing! Though keep in mind carrots are a little hard, so they may need a bit more time to blend up smoothly!
Where is all the fat coming from? 20g should be a dat’s limit.
Hi Marcel, that would be only in the green smoothie if you use 1/2 avocado and hemp seeds. Mostly though the smoothies are all under 10g of fat
I want to take smoothies to work for lunch. Problems with making them ahead to drink for later:
1. Freezing them takes forever to thaw and the consistency is not the same.
2. Using frozen berries, vegetables and /or ice causes separation in the fridge.
Anyone else make them ahead? Did you have the same problem and, if so, what is your work around?
Hi Carys, if you’d like to make these ahead of time for lunch I generally just make them as I would usually ahead of time and keep them on an ice pack to take for lunch. Then just shake them up when you’re ready to drink them!
They look great. I’m a diabetic. Do you think this would be good for me? I’m allowed to have fruit. Just not a lot a day. And I hate cooking. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
Hi Mor, I’m not a medical proffesional so I couldn’t say how much fruit sugars would be a good amount for you. Smoothies with less fruit and more vegetables in general would probably be a better option that smoothies loaded with fruit!
I usually use 100% natural orange juice in my smoothies. As far as almond milk I’m allergic to tree nuts. Is there a better substitute for it or would these taste ok with orange juice?
Hi Belinda, you can use all orange juice your smoothie will just have a more orange taste. You can alternatively use light coconut milk or soy milk!
Can you make these ahead and freeze them
Hi Lisa, they are best fresh but you can make them ahead of time and freeze them into icecube trays. then just reblend them with some water or juice!
I’ve been making smoothies with spinach for years and was looking for another vegetable to incorporate. I tried the raspberry smoothie with cauliflower and it was great! I didn’t even taste the cauliflower. I even added a few raw carrot pieces. Thanks for the great idea!
Thank you so much Danielle! Happy to hear you enjoyed the raspberry smoothie. I love adding cauliflower to my smoothies, it’s almost magic how it has no taste, but helps give a creamy texture!
Great ideas I’m new and have terrible health problems and really want to see if I change my diet will it help me.My bones are in a bad way do any advise would be gratefully received.
Hi Pauline, adding more greens and natural ingredients to your diet is definitely beneficial for health! If you’re looking to help with your bone health as well it’s important to make sure you getting enough calcium and vitamin D as well. Store bought almond milk is fortified with calcium and vitamin d which is great, but you can also look into taking supplements as well. Personally, I always make sure to take a vitamin D supplement during the winter months since we do not get vitamin D from the sun where I live in the wintertime. I have many other healthy recipes on the blog too you can try. Hope this helps!
All these flavors were so good. You can’t taste the vegetables at all which is great.
I will soon try these, I just want to know if these are for snack or actual meals, can someone let me know? Thanks!!
Hi Andres, it would depend on how hungry you are! If you wish to make these more of a “meal” i’d recommend adding some protein powder to them. This will make it more filling. Otherwise they are good for a “light” meal or a snack!
Would love to the the cauliflower one. Very interesting 🙂
Can I use frozen veggies or frozen fruits for all these ? Then I would buy some frozen CF to keep on hand then I woke
Steam as you requested
Hi Sue, you can definitely use frozen fruits and veggies for these! You will likely need to add some more liquid (almond milk, water or juice) if using all frozen ingredients
I can’t have bananas. Could I sub with maybe avos (can you freeze them?) and some stevia for sweetness? Added ice cubes?
Hi Denise! Here are some options you can use to substitute banana:
-Frozen avocado, frozen mango cubes, frozen cauliflower, silken tofu, coconut meat (they sell this frozen now at some grocery stores!), soaked cashews, and you can use some stevia for sweetness, or my personal favourite is to use dates for sweetness! Hope this helps:)
Where did you get the jars?!? I love them.
Hi Jillian! These are actually from the dollar store 🙂
These all look super yummy and tasty, Jess! 🙂 <3
Thanks Anina! I love adding some veggies to my smoothies and having a variety to choose from is always nice! 🙂
I love spinach in smoothies, so the green one is a clear winner for me!
Thanks Alex! Green smoothies are such a great way to get in some extra dark leafy greens!
This is just what I need after a month of holiday treats! Now I just need to wait for the polar vortex to be over so I can enjoy these pretty smoothies!
I agree Nisha! Right now needing a hot cup of tea after drinking a smoothie to keep warm!
They look all so beautiful and I couldn’t decide which one I would try first, I think the green one as I love spinach. Amazing photography, Jess. 🙂
Thanks Ela! Green is usually my first choice as well 🙂