January 8, 2019
by Amy Tillotson, Hy-Vee Dietitian

Veggin' Out Smoothie

Kids need at least 5 servings of fruit & vegetables per day. Smoothies are a great way to add both into your day. Adding vegetables to our smoothies can boost our fiber intake and give us many different vitamins and minerals. Not sure where to start? Check out these tips from one of our Hy-Vee Dietitians below! 

Spinach and Kale: Both of these greens pack a ton of nutrients and are easily disguised in smoothies by fruits such as berries, mango and pineapple. Try adding 1-2 cups to your next smoothie and if you are wanting to avoid the green color, berries will do the trick! 

Cauliflower: Try adding ½ cup frozen cauliflower to make your smoothie extra creamy without overpowering the flavor. 

Avocado:Even though avocados are a fruit we tend to think of them as vegetables since they aren’t sweet like fruits. Adding ¼-1/2 of a ripe avocado will give us a boost of healthy fats, fiber and make our smoothie thick and creamy! 

Beets: Beets can be a bit tricky to disguise with their natural earthy flavor but will pack a ton of nutrients! They are best paired with berries or cherries for natural sweetness. Try out this smoothie bowl recipe using beets below: 

Berry-Beet Smoothie Bowl:

All you need:

  • 1 ripe banana, frozen and chopped 
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • ½ cup frozen riced beets
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 container (5.3oz)  vanilla Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk 
  • Optional: Toppings of choice

All you do:

  1. Combine all ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a bowl and top with toppings of choice – fruit, chia seeds, granola, dark chocolate chips. 
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