Smoothies are the perfect way to add more plants to your diet. They are FAST, easy, and can be out-of-this-world delicious! This collection of fruit and veggie smoothies is full of simple healthy recipes that will dazzle your tastebuds and are easily adaptable to fit all eating styles.
Adding fruit and veggies smoothies to my family’s daily routine was the first major step we took in an effort to eat more plants! They were the perfect start to our busy day that only took minutes to make and tasted so good. Since there are so many ways to mix and match fruit and veggie smoothies, we never got bored with the flavor combinations and were easily able to add so many different plants to our diet. It truly felt effortless!
Even though we are now very comfortable with adding fruits and veggies to our meals in oodles of different ways, smoothies remain our favorite go-to “fast food” for when life gets busy and we need a quick healthy meal. They aren’t just for breakfast, TNNers!
Why add veggies to smoothies?
I’m probably not shocking anyone by saying this, but vegetables are good for you.
They are full of vitamins and minerals. Even though we know we should eat vegetables, they are something many people struggle with enjoying and/or getting enough of on a consistent basis. This is why I loved adding them to the blender! Adding vegetables to smoothies is the perfect way to start getting into the healthy habit of adding more plants to your diet in a way that is delicious. Blended with naturally sweet fruit (and other good-for-you ingredients), the veggies almost melt into this tasty drink that is downright delightful.
What are the best vegetables for smoothies?
I feel like there are so many veggies that are perfect for adding to smoothies, and some might surprise you! Here are the ones used in the recipes below and that I often keep on hand to throw into a fruit and veggie smoothie!
- Bell Peppers (red, yellow, or orange)
- Riced Cauliflower
- Cooked Sweet Potato
- Butternut Squash Puree
- Pumpkin Puree
- Frozen Mango or Pineapple
Do I need a high-speed blender to make vegetable smoothies?
Smoothies made in a high-speed blender (like a Vitamix) are extra easy. However, you don’t need a fancy blender to make an amazing fruit and veggie smoothie. There is a helpful tip though!
How to Make The Perfect Smoothie
Add the liquid to the blender first followed by the veggie. Blend this first so that the veggie easily gets pureed and is nice and smooth. Then add the fruit and other ingredients to the smoothie and blend again! This will help you to not end up with an unexpected chunk of veggie in a sip of smoothie.
The best part about smoothies is not just that they are fast and easy, but you can really make them your own! Take these fruit and veggie smoothie recipes as a jumping off point and don’t be afraid to add your own twist. Here are some of my favorite smoothie add-ins and why I use them.
- Nut butter: adds healthy fat and protein
- Plain yogurt: boosts protein
- Protein powder: boosts protein
- Collagen powder: boosts protein
- Shelled hemp hearts: boosts protein
- Chia seeds: adds protein and healthy fats
- Ground Flax: adds healthy fat
Loving these fruit and veggies smoothie recipes and are hungry for more?
Fruit and Veggie Smoothies: Kale Mango Smoothie
- 1 cup packed kale fresh or frozen, stems removed
- 2 cups frozen mango chunks
- 1 medium orange peeled
- 1 cup almond milk* or coconut milk
- Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth.If you don't have a high speed blender, blend kale and milk first until kale is pureed. Then add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
- Enjoy immediately.
The nutritional information is provided as an estimate only and may vary based on the product type, servings and other factors. If you are following a diet, please consult with a professional nutritionist or your doctor. Stay healthy!