Vegetable Smoothies – Tired of Fruit?
Try VEGETABLE SMOOTHIES. I have done a number of articles on protein shakes as well as a series on recipes involving fruit in shakes. Another really good source of nutrients as a low carb alternative is vegetable smoothies. They contain essential minerals and vitamins and are a good source of fiber. It is a good idea to track total carbs and subtract the fiber content to get the net carbohydrate source.
Always clean vegetables under cold water to remove any unwanted chemicals from the growing and transportation process. Carrots and cucumbers will need to be peeled. Chop them up into small chunks to make it easier on your juicer.
Use your juicer to remove the liquid from beets (makes your juice very red which some people do not like), carrots, celery, cucumbers, and spinach. Use spices to give your smoothie a flavor you like – spicy with cayenne pepper for example. You can also use fresh garlic or ginger to avoid the processed version.
Use the juicer with the vegetables until the majority of the juice in removed. You can also use a blender if you do not have a juicer.
For a sweeter taste you can include some fruit depending on your taste. Depending on the fruit used, you may be adding a number of calories and carbohydrates.
You need to drink your smoothie immediately and not store it in the fridge. The Mayo Clinic has found that fresh squeezed vegetables have the ability to develop harmful bacteria quite quickly.
What you will NEED
- 1 beet
- 1 carrot (large version, not baby carrots)
- 1 celery stalk
- 2 large cucumbers
- 1 bunch of spinach
- 1 garlic clove and/or ginger
- Cayenne pepper or other spices to taste
- Fresh herbs of your choice
- Juicer or blender
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