Let me be the first to say that it can be hit or miss when it comes to using broccoli in green smoothie recipes. The first time I added broccoli to a green smoothie (This was before I had purchased a high quality blender!), my poor blender couldn’t stand up to the toughness of the broccoli, and my green smoothie was rather gritty, to say the least.
Even once I had the right blender on hand, I quickly learned that liquefying broccoli not only releases its nutrition, it also unleashes a whole world of unpleasant bitterness. It took a whole lot of experimenting, but I found out that when it is done right, broccoli can actually make a great addition to green smoothie recipes.
How to Use Broccoli In Green Smoothie Recipes
First and foremost, you are going to need to make sure that you have a high speed blender in your kitchen. Broccoli is a very tough ingredient to blend, even when it has been chopped into small pieces. Some of my friends have found that frozen broccoli is easier to work with. It tends to be less bitter, and you always have the option of steaming it before you add it to your blender, which will make it much less bitter.
You do not want to add too much broccoli to your green smoothie recipes, because this will make it bitter and unpleasant. I have found that adding a banana to my green smoothie really offsets the bitter taste of the broccoli. As a general rule of thumb, I add one large banana for every cup of broccoli florets that I use. Choosing to use citrus fruit in your green smoothie is a great method of masking the taste of broccoli too.
The Health Benefits of Broccoli
Broccoli is an excellent source of Vitamins A and C and folate. It is a well-known fact that folate is especially important for women who are pregnant. On average, one cup of broccoli is going to contain 14% of your RDA of folate.
Broccoli is also going to contain small amounts of all of the B Vitamins, copper, potassium, and dietary fiber. Recent medical studies have also suggested that the regular consumption of broccoli can reduce your risk of developing breast cancer and prostate cancer, while boosting the function of your liver as well.
Green Smoothie Recipes With Broccoli
If you would like to try broccoli in your next green smoothie recipes, then here is a great, little recipe I’ve concocted. Please note that if you don’t like the taste of grapefruit, you can substitute oranges instead. They will work just as well. You will need to gather these ingredients:
- 1 large banana, peeled
- 1 cup broccoli, chopped
- 1/2 red grapefruit, peeled
- 8 ounces of almond milk
Add each of these ingredients to your blender, one at a time, and blend them together until smooth. Enjoy!Green Smoothie Recipes With Broccoli,