Vegetable Ingredients.

Whether you’re sneaking in the odd vegetable into your kids smoothies or concocting your own Green Super Smoothie … it’s good to know your cabbage from your turnips!

Not all vegetables are commonly used in smoothies. Partly due to practical reasons (raw potatoes anyone?), partly due to unfamiliarity and partly due to taste. My hope is to make some of the less popular vegetables a bit more accessible and get as many people smoothening and experimenting as much as possible.

Most vegetables are used raw. On one hand this is great – as it means that all the goodness is retained. However, it does have its downside – as many raw vegies are quite tough and fibrous and need to be broken down in the blender.

Those of you with one of the less powerful blenders will have to be a bit careful as you’ll find that you might not be able to break down the fibre without running the machine for a while. And this will make the smoothie warm up … which can be a problem if you’re not used to it (as you’ll be able to taste all the vegetables).

Avocado

Avocado

Avocado. The avocado has quite a fatty flesh – which is perfect for smoothies. However, it will thicken the mixture quite a lot – so ...
Beets / Beetroot

Beets / Beetroot

Beets / Beetroot. Some people hate it … but I love it and it’s one of my favourite veggies – the very staining beetroot. Beets are b...
Broccoli

Broccoli

Broccoli. There are several different varieties of broccoli. The main ones are calabrese, romanesco, sprouting and purple broccoli. They...
Cabbage

Cabbage

Cabbage. Ahhh - the humble cabbage. I went 30 years without ever eating cabbage, a reaction to the overcooked mush that I was served...
Carrots

Carrots

Carrots. The humble carrot is one of the cornerstones in the juicing world … however in the kingdom of smoothies a little bit of care h...
Celery

Celery

Celery. Celery is one of the mainstays in the juicing world – but used somewhat less in smoothies. One reason for this is it’s sinewy nat...
Cucumbers

Cucumbers

Cucumbers. Cucumbers don’t have much flavour and being something like 96% water have a small foot print in the final taste. However, t...
Fennel

Fennel

Fennel. Fennel is one of the oldest cultivated plants and was much valued by the Romans. Warriors took it to keep in good health, while...
Garlic and Onions

Garlic and Onions

Garlic and Onions. Garlic and onions?!? Indeed! These are not ingredients I would suggest you start with – as they might put you off s...
Ginger Root

Ginger Root

Ginger Root. Ginger has been used as a natural remedy for many ailments for centuries. A quick search in Google shows that studies are...
Kale

Kale

Kale. Kale has a remarkable reputation in the smoothie world. This is down to two facts: firstly it’s surprisingly mild in taste – so ...
Mint

Mint

Mint. The main reason for using mint is its taste. Obviously. It’s a great way to add flavour to a bland recipe. It’s also a safe fla...
Pak Choi

Pak Choi

Pak Choi / Pak Choy / Bok Choi / Bok Choy. Whatever you call it – this vegetable has some very interesting attributes. Pak Choi is f...
Parsley

Parsley

Fresh Parsley. Traditionally overlooked as just a garnish, parsley is a giant amongst herbs in terms of health benefits, and in really s...
Peppers

Peppers

Peppers. Technically fruits – peppers come in a range of varieties. They also come in a rainbow of colours – each one having a slightly dif...
Spinach

Spinach

Spinach. Quite often the first vegie that people smooth, spinach is a leafy green that has little taste – but is bursting with nutrients a...
Zucchini / Courgette

Zucchini / Courgette

Zucchini / Courgette. The zucchini and the courgette are the same plant. The name zucchini is used in the US and Australia – whilst c...