Looking for a delicious, healthy way to start your day? This broccoli smoothie is perfect! It's packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and it tastes great too.
Yes, you read that correctly: broccoli smoothie. I know it sounds strange, but this unusual combination actually makes for a surprisingly delicious and nutrient-packed drink.
You can use fresh broccoli or frozen ones. However, the frozen broccoli also helps to cool and thicken the smoothie, making it the perfect summertime treat.
As for the flavor, I like to add a little bit of lemon juice and honey to brighten things up. If you are a broccoli fan, must check out my vegan broccoli recipes collection on the blog.
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Health benefits of broccoli
Broccoli is a powerhouse of nutrients, providing an excellent source of vitamins K and C, as well as a good source of fiber, folic acid, and potassium.
This is a low-carb and low-calorie vegetable, making it perfect for many weight-loss diets, especially the Keto diet.
In addition to being low in calories and fat, broccoli is also a rich source of antioxidants.
These nutrients work together to provide a number of health benefits, including supporting heart health, boosting immunity, and aiding digestion.
Broccoli has also anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to protect against conditions like arthritis and asthma.
Read more on the health benefits of broccoli here.
Healthy Broccoli Smoothie
Broccoli smoothie has the goodness of broccoli and other ingredients too. This is packed with fiber, vitamins A, C, and K, as well as antioxidants. It's perfect for a quick and healthy breakfast or snack.
This smoothie is vegan as well as gluten-free. A broccoli smoothie may not sound like the most appetizing drink, but it's packed with all the required nutrients for a healthy body and mind.
Ingredients you'll need -
Broccoli florets - fresh broccoli florets or frozen florets both work for this recipe.
Frozen Fruits - I love to add frozen bananas and/or mangoes to my broccoli smoothie. You can add other fruits like apples, pears, pineapples, avocados, etc.
Other Greens - Spinach greens, kale greens, mint leaves, etc. However, these are optional and can add or skip.
Plant-based milk - Unsweetened almond milk is great. Other options are coconut milk, oatmeal milk, etc.
Plant-based yogurt - Non-dairy vegan yogurt makes the smoothie creamy and delicious.
Sweetener - Maple syrup if required. However, bananas and mangoes act as natural sweeteners though.
How to make the broccoli smoothie?
To make the broccoli smoothie, simply combine broccoli, frozen fruits, plant-based milk, vegan yogurt, and sweetener (if needed) in a blender and blend until smooth. Don't be afraid to experiment with any other fruits, greens, etc.
F A Qs
Any of them will do. Frozen broccoli makes it a little creamier. So if you are not adding other fruits, I prefer frozen broccoli. Also, frozen broccoli is partially blanched and then frozen. So it enhances the taste of the smoothie also.
Yes. Preferably blanch the broccoli florets for a minute before freezing them for the smoothies. However, if you are using frozen broccoli, skip blanching as those are already precooked.
Yes, absolutely you can add fresh raw broccoli to the smoothie. If adding fresh broccoli, blanching is not required indeed.
Adding sweetener to the smoothie is not necessary though you can add it if required. Maple syrup is good for the vegan smoothie. Another sweetener option is stevia. However, the fruits have natural sweeteners in them and don't really need any other sweetener.
Broccoli smoothie has the goodness of broccoli and other ingredients too. This is packed with fiber, vitamins A, C, and K, as well as antioxidants.
- 4 large broccoli florets
- 1/2 cup spinach greens 8 - 10 baby spinach
- 1/2 cup frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk sub - 1/2 cup green tea brewed & cooled
- 1/4 cup vegan yogurt
- 1 - 2 tsp maple syrup
- Place all the ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend it to a smooth puree.
- Adjust the consistency with adding more almond milk if required.
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