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8 Vegetables To Add To Smoothies That Are Not Leafy Greens

Those of us who love green smoothies are no strangers to blending leafy greens and herbs, but the blender doesn’t have to stop there. Think outside of the leafy green the next time you fire up your blender,  by trying these amazing alternative vegetables.

These eight vegetables blend perfectly into smoothies by either enhancing the sweetness, or fading into the background with just a hint of good, old-fashioned green essence. By adding a vegetable or two to your smoothie, you’ll not only be doubling up on the fiber (which helps to process the natural sugars from fruit), you’ll be ingesting more complex vitamins and minerals — which means happier skin, easier digestion and a healthy immune system!

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Best Vegetables To Add To Smoothies by Green Blender, squash

Squash

Health Benefits

Squash, a category that also includes zucchinis and pumpkins, became more widely known as a food when it was cultivated by Native Americans and introduced to European settlers. A flexible vegetable with edible seeds, squash contains a good dose of vitamin C, vitamin B6, fiber and manganese.

It’s been known to be helpful in regulating diabetes, in providing anti-inflammatory benefits, helping with cardiovascular issues, and even providing relief for asthma sufferers.

Taste

Extremely mild and somewhat sweet, squash provides the perfect creamy smoothie base.

Best Blended With

Cacao, maple syrup, oats, pumpkin, and strong-tasting fruits. A few delicious examples include a Kabocha Squash with Mango Smoothie, Butter Pecan Smoothie,  and Creamy Matcha Cardamom Iced Latte Smoothie.

Best Vegetables To Add To Smoothies, zucchini

Zucchini

Health Benefits

As mentioned above, zucchini is actually part of the squash family, but it does have a lot of benefits of its own.

Grown all over the world, this smaller summer squash variety is actually a fruit, even though most people categorize it as a vegetable. Low in calories but high in fiber and water, zucchini is a perfect way to help yourself feel fuller, longer. High in manganese, vitamin C and potassium, regular consumption of zucchini has also been linked to lower cholesterol.

Taste

One of zucchini’s biggest benefits when it comes to adding it to smoothies is that it’s virtually tasteless when combined with other flavors.

Best Blended With

Zucchini blends well with almost everything, but especially apple, banana, cinnamon, cacao and citrus. A few delicious examples include our Zucchini Bread Smoothie, Green Apple Limeade smoothie, and Green Spirulina and Honeydew Smoothie.

Best Vegetables To Add To Smoothies, Sunchokes

Sunchokes

Health Benefits

Full of fiber, vitamin C and iron, sunchokes also act as prebiotics, which basically help the probiotics in your body work better. This aids in digestion and immune function, and helps with lowering cholesterol.

Taste

Also called a Jerusalem artichoke, this root vegetable has a taste close to a water chestnut, and when blended into a smoothie, has a flavor that almost disappears when mixed with sweet fruit.

Best Blended With

Cacao, apple, avocado, and oats. A delicious example of a sunchoke in smoothie form: Chocolate Coconut Sunchoke Smoothie.

Best Vegetables To Add To Smoothies, snow peas

Snow Peas

Health Benefits

A good source of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium, these little pods pack a big nutritional punch. Regular consumption of peas has been linked to lowering the risk of Type 2 diabetes, protection against certain cancers, and increased Omega-3 and ALA.

Taste

Actually a legume, snow peas have been used in Chinese cooking for eons, but are a great addition to smoothies because of their bright, crisp flavor. If you ever wanted your smoothie to taste like spring, try adding a few snow peas!

Best Blended With

Spinach, pineapple and other citrus fruits, avocado, and nuts.  A few delicious examples are a It’s Easy Being Green Smoothie, Pineapple Power Smoothie, and Summer Snow Peas Smoothie.

Best Vegetables To Add To Smoothies, jicama

Jicama

Health Benefits

Even though the root of the jicama plant, which is what people typically eat, is nutritious and fantastic in smoothies, the seeds and the rest of the vine can actually be poisonous.

Other than providing a mild, creamy base for smoothies, jicama is full of fiber, vitamin C and A, potassium and magnesium. It’s also a relatively low calorie food, making it the perfect kind of starch if you’re watching your waistline.

Taste

A root vegetable native to central and South America, and sometimes labeled as a Mexican yam, jicama has a mild, starchy taste, close to that of a white potato.

Best Blended With

Apples, pears, cacao, nuts and banana. A few delicious examples of jicama-infused smoothies include a Sugar Plum Smoothie,  Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake Smoothie, and Jicama Pear Smoothie.

Unique Vegetables To Use In Your Next Smoothie

Sweet Potatoes

Health Benefits

One of the more nutrient dense vegetables out there, sweet potatoes are high in fiber, provide an entire day’s worth of vitamin A, and are practically glowing with potassium. For all their sweetness, they rank rather low on the glycemic scale, which means that they’ll give you a good dose of energy without spiking your blood sugar.

Sweet potatoes are perfect for before or after gym smoothies, as they provide natural sugar and potassium, as well as carbs. They may also help lower cholesterol and keep your digestion on track!

Taste

When eaten raw, sweet potatoes have a delicate, starchy, honey-caramel flavor. When cooked, that flavor intensifies.

Best Blended With

Sweet potatoes go great in smoothies that have cacao, nuts, maple syrup, apples, mango and cayenne. A few delicious examples include a Spicy Mango Smoothie, Baby Face Smoothie, and Sweet Potato Protein.

Best Vegetables To Add To Smoothies, beets

Beets

Health Benefits

A prehistoric food, beets gained popularity when it became obvious they could be used as a source for sugar. High in fiber, folate and manganese, regular consumption of beets has been shown to boost energy levels, fight against certain cancers, and keep the heart in great shape.

Beets are a great way to sweeten a veggie-only smoothie — just make sure you cut them with caution! They can stain cutting boards, clothes and skin.

Taste

Beets are an undeniably sweet vegetable, with a nice earthy aftertaste.

Best Blended With

Citrus fruits, berries, and other vegetables like spinach. They’re a great addition to veggie-only smoothies because of their sweet flavor. A few delicious examples are our Work Chard, Play Chard Smoothie, Golden Ginger Beet smoothie,  and Orange Beet Protein.

Best Vegetables To Add To Smoothies, tomatoes

Tomatoes

 Health Benefits

Even though tomatoes are technically fruit, most people use them in savory dishes. In addition to being a rich source of vitamin C, A and folate, tomatoes also have a good dose of fiber and lycopene.

Tomatoes aid in fighting diabetes and prostate cancer, keeping your skin looking fresh (courtesy of the vitamin C and lycopene), and even promoting eye health.

Taste

Sweet and savory at the same time, they make a great addition to vegetable-heavy smoothies.

Best Blended With

Tomatoes work well with citrus fruits, celery and leafy greens. A few tasty examples are a Homemade Tomato Juice Smoothie, Raspberry Basil Healthy Smoothie, and Pepper Parsley Zest Smoothie.

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