Broccoli Green Smoothie Recipe
A Recipe For All Smoothie Lovers
Before I give you my favorite Broccoli Green Smoothie Recipe I must admit, at first I was terrified of green smoothies. The earthy, unsalted tang would surely cause my tongue to shrivel like a dehydrated apple, or so I thought! However, I wanted all the nutritional delights only available in greens and I wanted them in a glass. So, I furtively slipped fruit into my blender with my vegetables, pushed blend and watched the magic happen! Ever since, I’ve become a green-smoothie-with-fruit junkie. I further admit that while I adore cooked and buttered broccoli, I thought trying them raw in a smoothie would be risky, at best. How wrong could I be? By combining broccoli with any number of fruits turned out to be a huge boom to my taste buds, my weight loss program and my overall health.
Broccoli is one of those superhero vegetables. Filled with a plethora of vitamins and minerals, plus dietary fiber, it’s no surprise that it’s touted by health scientists as one of the “miracle” foods. Did you know that among its many health benefits, broccoli is great for your eyes? As we age, we tend to suffer worsening vision and a good many of us may be prone to macular degeneration, the incurable eye disease that kills our central vision. Broccoli contains many nutrients that specifically support eye health, nutrition that ophthalmologists are beginning to recommend to their patients. Adding broccoli to your weekly diet may well help you deter macular degeneration.
Here’s my Broccoli Green Smoothie Recipe that blesses me with all the healthy treasures of raw broccoli. This works best if you have a high-speed blender. The cheaper models may leave your smoothie with clumps.
- 2 cups raw broccoli florets
- 1 stalk celery (for its diuretic properties)
- 1 small banana
- 1 small apple
- 1 carrot
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- Enough coconut water to create your desired consistency.
This is my basic recipe, but I’m easily bored, so I’ll mix up the fruits according to what I have on hand and what’s on sale that week. If I’m low on fruits and my inner sugar fiend is clawing its way to the surface, I’ll sneak in a tablespoon (or so) of honey. Don’t judge me.
The idea is to get as much raw broccoli in my smoothie as possible without having to force myself to drink it, because that defeats the purpose of a good smoothie.