You might be skeptical that tomatoes would work well in a green smoothie, but be prepared to be pleasantly surprised! Tomatoes blend well with a number of different ingredients, including mango, avocado, citrus fruits, blueberries, and a number of leafy green vegetables. You don’t have to take my word for it. Try out tomatoes in your next green smoothie, and see for yourself!
The Nutritional Benefits of Tomatoes In a Green Smoothie
Tomatoes are an excellent source of Vitamins A and C and beta carotene. A single, large tomato will contain roughly 10% of your body’s RDA of potassium. Other vitamins and minerals that you can expect to find in tomatoes include all of the B Vitamins, copper, calcium, iron, and phosphorous. Tomatoes also contain a fair amount of dietary fiber.
Tomatoes are one of the best natural sources of the antioxidants, chromium and lycopene. Chromium plays an essential role in regulating your body’s blood sugar levels, which makes tomatoes an excellent ingredient choice for those who have diabetes. In medical studies, lycopene has been found to protect your body from cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and male infertility.
As an added bonus, the regular consumption of tomatoes can protect your body against certain types of cancer, including prostate, lung, and stomach cancer. With all of the health benefits that tomatoes have to offer, why would you not to include them in your next green smoothie?
How to Use Tomatoes In a Green Smoothie
You would be surprised at the number of people who don’t like the taste of tomatoes on their own. I am one of them. (I’m not even a huge fan of ketchup!) If you fall into this category, don’t worry. You can successfully add tomatoes to your next green smoothie by blending them with mangos. Mangos will naturally sweeten the flavor of the tomatoes, and it will give your green smoothie a rich, creamy base.
Also, instead of using one large beefsteak tomato in your green smoothie, try using small grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, or Capri tomatoes. It will be easier for you to adjust the amount of tomatoes that you use in your smoothie.
Green Smoothie With Tomato
To make a great green smoothie with tomato, you will need to gather the following ingredients:
- 1 mango, peeled and pitted
- 4 ounces of almond milk
- 2 Campari tomatoes
- 1 cup pineapple, cubed
- 1 cup cilantro, loosely packed
- 3 cups fresh baby spinach
Add each of these ingredients to your blender one at a time and blend them together until smooth. A single one of these recipes will make approximately 3-4 cups of smoothie. Now, it is time for you to kick back and enjoy this delicious creation!