Bring on the bok choy.
Let’s be honest — we could all afford to eat more vegetables on a daily basis. But sometimes, the thought of downing another salad just isn’t all that exciting or appetizing.
So since the warm weather looks like it’s going to stick around for a while, it’s time to toss those greens into another meal entirely — breakfast smoothies.
Veggie-packed smoothies are the easiest and tastiest way to drink your vegetables. They provide you with all of the healthy fiber, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients you need in a way that vegetable juice cannot. Everything a juicer strips away from your meal is something your body can benefit from consuming.
The key is then picking the right vegetables that blend well enough to compliment your favorite fruits, liquid bases and protein powders and keep the texture of the drink palatable. Below are seven of the best veggies to include in your breakfast smoothies.
This leafy green is mild in taste but a true nutritional powerhouse. It’s full of potassium, protein, calcium, iron, niacin and vitamins A, B12 and C. And lucky for you, it blends very smoothly, keeping both the flavor and texture of your liquid breakfast on point. If you want glowing skin, balanced blood pressure, energy to burn and a happy immune system, grab some spinach.
2. Baby Kale
Full-grown kale can be a pretty rough and fibrous, meaning that unless you have a fancy Vitamix blender, putting this green in your smoothies will lead to some pretty… chunky drinks. So grab a bunch of it when it’s younger and softer and reap similar nutritional benefits from the vegetable without compromising your happiness with your breakfast.
3. Bok Choy
This veggie can do a lot more than make a killer stir-fry. The leafy pieces taste a little stronger and bitter than spinach, but they blend just as well. Pair a bundle of them with a banana and your favorite nut butter, and you’ll mask any unsavory aftertaste perfectly.
This summer veggie’s natural water content makes it an ideal smoothie ingredient, adding a fresh, earthy flavor in the process. Not to mention, zucchini is high in manganese, vitamin C, potassium and fiber, making it a great green for those keeping an eye on their cholesterol levels. So take a break from those zoodles and start blending instead.
5. Beet Greens
Beets are vibrant, earthy and definitely juice better than they blend. However, the greens that grow atop these root vegetables are a great addition to any morning smoothie. Beet greens are full of vitamins A, C and K, supporting healthy skin, blood and bones. So if you’re sick of wasting half of this vegetable in your typical cooking routine, save those tops for smoothie time.
6. Swiss Chard
Swiss chard is another nutrient-dense, mild-tasting and easily-blended green. It’ll create smoothies similar to those using spinach and beet greens, and it provides a solid boost of magnesium, manganese, potassium, iron and vitamins A, C and K. So if you’re sick of sauteing and roasting this veggie, blend it with some banana, pineapple and citrus instead.
7. Romaine Lettuce
Yep, even the most classic of salad bases can up the ante in your smoothie game. Romaine blends seamlessly and is a quality source of calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and vitamins A, B and K. (Consider it the underdog of the superfood world.) So if you have some romaine hearts leftover after dinner, just toss them into your smoothie the following morning.