5 Mild Veggies to Sneak into your Juices, Drinks, and Smoothies
One of the problems most people have with adding more greens in their diet through smoothies, is the strong, vegetable taste. It can be bitter or grassy. Unfortunately, not adding veggies to your juice or smoothies and instead relying solely on fruit, can significantly limit the range of vitamins and minerals in your diet as well as add an unhealthy amount of fructose. The best way to start enjoying more vegetables in your juice is to slowly change your palate. Here are 5 excellent vegetables you start adding into your juices, drinks, and smoothies right away. They are mild tasting, so won’t make your drink grassy or bitter because their flavors easily blend in with the fruit and other ingredients you may use (like yogurt, pudding mixes, chocolate, coffee, etc). After you get used to these, you can start experimenting with stronger tasting vegetables.
Spinach—I don’t call myself The Spinach Girl for nothing. Don’t be fooled by this dark, leafy green. When raw, it unbelievably mild tasting, and can be packed into a surprising amount of delicious foods. Check out my recipes for Spinach Margaritas and Spinach Ice-cream for a couple of ideas. Regardless, simply blending it with something as simple as grape juice can be a great way to increase your veggie intake and without a grimace. And the benefits are incredible—Spinach is loaded with vitamin C, vitamin K, and vitamin A, glycoglycerolipids, as well as carotenoids—called epoxyxanthophylls. Together—this vegetable is a powerful way to prevent cancer, build the immune system, and aid in digestion.
Cabbage (red or green)—is packed with sinigrin, a powerful cancer fighting nutrient and red cabbage is loaded with phytonutrients, which greatly add to your heart health and cancer prevention. Add that to the good amount of vitamin K and C it carries, and you have a good reason to enjoy this mild tasting veggie. Sneak it into vanilla smoothies and fruit juices.
Carrot—is not only mild, but it is delicious and sweet all by itself. Because of this, it works very well alone or blended in with other fruit juices or even as a sweet addition to green smoothies. Adding carrots into your juices and smoothies will increase your antioxidants, protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer, and improve/maintain vision health. It is packed with phytonutrients, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
Yellow Squash—a great source of antioxidants, and pectin fiber—which specifically helps your body regulate blood sugar better, thus preventing onset of type 2 Diabetes. It also is filled with phytonutrients and omega-3 fatty acids that work well at preventing inflammation. It has a mild, sweet and buttery flavor to it and can thicken up some of your smoothies.
Zucchini—This vegetable is in the same family as the yellow squash and so shares a lot of similar benefits and more. It is high in manganese, antioxidants, vitamin C and A, and high in fiber. Altogether, zucchini is a great vegetable to help you improve digestion and regulate hormones, lower blood pressure, prevent cardiovascular disease, calm inflammation, prevent type 2 Diabetes, lower cholesterol, and prevent cancer. It is very mild tasting and blends well with other sweeter tasting foods. Just think about how delicious zucchini bread is, right?