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16 Vegetables to use in smoothies that are not leafy greens

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Vegetables to use in smoothies: Vegetables make amazing thickeners and give your smoothie a boost in fiber, minerals, and vitamins. Give one of these a try!

Vegetables to use in smoothies: Vegetables make amazing thickeners and give your smoothie a boost in fiber, minerals, and vitamins. Give one of these a try! Learn more on BetterMeforLife.comDid you know there are many vegetables you can use in smoothies that aren’t leafy greens?

Adding vegetables increases the amount of fiber in your smoothies. This will help to control blood sugar levels and keep you feeling full for longer. Vegetables also add vitamins and minerals to your smoothies.

The flavors vegetables add to your smoothie will vary greatly depending on the vegetable. Some will add sweetness. Some will add a bit of earthy green flavors. Others will fade into the background and hardly be noticeable.

I’ve also found adding vegetables can help to thicken a smoothie. The next time you want to thicken an otherwise fruit smoothie try adding a vegetable instead of tossing in a banana! Your body will thank you for the extra fiber and less sugar.

Vegetables to use in smoothies that aren’t leafy greens

This is by no means a comprehensive list of all vegetables to use in smoothies. For the most part, these are the more common vegetables used in recipes and the most accessible. If you want to try another vegetable in your smoothie please do! Have fun experimenting!

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Squash

Health Benefits

Squash include summer, winter, butternut, acorn, pumpkin, and zucchini. Adding squash to your smoothie will give it an extra dose of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6, manganese, and fiber. Squash has cardiovascular benefits, anti-inflammatory properties, and is high in antioxidants.

Taste

The taste of squash will vary depending on the type of squash but for the most part, it is mild in flavor. Squash that is milder in flavor are summer, winter, and zucchini. Pumpkin, butternut, and acorn squash have a distinctive sweet and warming flavor.

How to use in smoothies

Squash makes a fantastic creamy thickener in smoothies. Try blending it with fruits like mango, strawberries, kiwi, and dates.

Squash also blends well with oats, cacao, almonds, and many spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and vanilla.

You can use squash cooked or raw in smoothies. I recommend raw if you have a high-powered blender. Cut the squash into chunks before blending.

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Zucchini

Health Benefits

Technically a fruit, zucchini is a type of summer squash. I mention it in the broader squash category but it’s so healthful it’s worth giving it a separate shout out.

Zucchini is extremely low in calories and can help keep you feeling full for longer. This makes it a great choice for weight loss smoothies.

It is very high in magnesium, vitamin C, and fiber. Zucchini also contains good amounts of vitamin A, magnesium, folate, potassium, copper, phosphorus, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, niacin, and protein.

Taste

Zucchini is practically tasteless when added to smoothies. This makes it a great addition to any smoothie.

How to use in smoothies

Cut zucchini into cubes before blending. You can use it raw or cooked and I recommend raw unless your blender can’t handle it. Zucchini blends well with anything. Try it with strawberries, apples, mango, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc…

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Beets

Health Benefits

Beets are high in fiber, folate, manganese, vitamin C, and calcium. They are known for lowering blood pressure, fighting inflammation, and boosting your stamina.

Taste

Beets are high in sugar, making them sweet. They also have a strong earthy flavor.

How to use in smoothies

Beets have an earthy flavor that blends well with pineapple, banana, and strawberry. They also blend well with ginger, walnuts, vanilla, and coconut.

You most likely do not want a beet-flavored smoothie. Start small, like with one small beet or half a medium beet.

Beets can be used unpeeled and raw or cooked. I recommend raw unless your blender can’t handle it. Cut the beet into chunks before blending.

Don’t forget about the greens! Beet greens are mild in flavor and can be added to any smoothie – including your beet smoothie.

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Carrots

Health Benefits

Carrots are best known for being very high in the antioxidant beta-carotene. They also contain high amounts of the antioxidant vitamin C. In addition to having antioxidant benefits carrots have cardiovascular benefits, support eye health, and support liver health.

Taste

Carrots have a very mild sweet flavor. I love adding them to my smoothies because it’s really hard to taste them.

How to use in smoothies

Carrots go well with just about any flavor combination. I chop them up raw and add them into the blender with the other ingredients. If you do not have a high-powered blender, you can shred or grate them first.

I find carrots contain a good amount of water and not as much liquid is needed in the smoothie (I like my smoothies thick).

Carrots blend well with most fruits. Try them with strawberries, mango, orange, peach, blueberry, pineapple, etc… They also taste really good with many spices including vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

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Sweet Potatoes

Health Benefits

Sweet potatoes are very high in vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene) and are a good source of vitamin B5 and vitamin B6.

They have immunity-boosting properties and are high in fiber to help you to feel full for longer.

Taste

Sweet potatoes come in two varieties: white and orange. Orange sweet potatoes are very sweet tasting, and the white ones are slightly less sweet.

How to use in smoothies

Sweet potatoes give smoothies a nice creamy texture. They are one of the few vegetables I recommend you cook before blending. Research shows that sweet potatoes are more nutritious when cooked and some say they are healthier for you. Be sure to give enough time for the sweet potato to cool before blending in your smoothie.

Sweet potatoes blend deliciously with bananas, oranges, mango, and dates. They also blend well with the flavors of cinnamon, almond, nutmeg, vanilla, pecan, or coconut.

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Tomatoes

Health Benefits

Here’s another fruit that has slipped into the vegetable list! Although tomatoes are technically a fruit, most people think of them as vegetables and use them in savory dishes. So, I’m adding them to this list and I’ll be sure they are included in my list of fruits, too, when I write that post.

Tomatoes are high in vitamin C, vitamin A, and folate. They are also a good source of fiber, vitamin K, and lycopene.

Taste

Tomatoes are sweet and savory, making them a great addition to any vegetable or sweet fruit smoothie.

How to use in smoothies

You can use any type of tomato in smoothies but the more popular ones are grape, cherry, or Campari. Just add a handful of them to your smoothie. You can also use any of the larger tomatoes but you may want to start with half of one to see if you like the flavor.

Since tomatoes are both sweet and savory you can combine them with many different flavors. Try blending them with these fruits: mango, pineapple, or strawberries. They also blend nicely with celery (think Bloody Mary!), cilantro, black pepper, carrots, lime, or cucumber.

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Cauliflower

Health Benefits

Cauliflower is rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate. Is is also high in potassium and fiber.

Taste

Cauliflower has a very mild flavor that will not change the taste of your smoothie.

How to use in smoothies

Since cauliflower is practically tasteless in smoothies it blends well with everything. You can use raw fresh cauliflower or frozen. Either way it makes a very healthy thickener in your smoothie.

Most recipes I’ve seen use 1/2 cup of cauliflower florets blended with various fruits and greens.

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Cucumbers

Health Benefits

Cucumbers are low in calories, rich in nutrition, and high in water content. They also contain vitamin C for immune system support, and have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Taste

Cucumbers have a mild flavor sort of resembling a melon. I find the flavor to be light and refreshing.

Sometimes they can be slightly bitter depending on the growing conditions. The skin of a cucumber is slightly more bitter and earthy flavored than the rest.

How to use in smoothies

I love the flavor of cucumber in smoothies. Although it does have a distinctive flavor, it is mild and blends well with most fruits including berries. Try blending it with strawberries, blueberries, kiwis, pears, apples, raspberries, blackberries, grapes, and watermelon.

Cucumbers also go well with leafy greens and vegetables such as carrots and tomatoes. They blend nicely with lime, lemon, dill, mint, and basil.

Most of the nutrients are in the skin so it’s best if you keep that on. Since I like the flavor of cucumber so much I tend to add in half of one into my recipes.

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Beans

Health Benefits

Beans are very rich in fiber and protein – both of which help to make you feel full faster and longer. This, in my opinion, makes them perfect for weight loss smoothies. They are also an excellent source of folate, copper, manganese, vitamin B1, magnesium, and iron.

Beans are low in calories – about 50 calories per 1/4 cup. Calories vary depending on the type of bean so you’ll want to check the package.

Taste

Beans are practically flavorless and blend with any smoothie.

How to use in smoothies

I can’t tell you how much I love adding beans to my smoothies. They are such an easy way to thicken a smoothie, make it creamy, and keep me feeling full for a long time. They go with ANY flavor combination.

Add 1/4 cup of cooked beans to your smoothie. I recommend buying a bag of beans and cooking per the “quick” cooking directions. The great thing is you’ll end up with a giant batch of beans that you can divide into 1/4 cup portions and freeze. Anytime you want an easy thickener just grab one of those bags out of the freezer and dump the contents into the blender.

Different bean types have slightly different nutrient profiles and calories. I typically use either small black, small white, small red, or pinto beans. There’s nothing bad about using other types but just be mindful of the calories. Garbanzo beans (chickpeas), for example, are fairly high in calories.

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Peas

Health Benefits

Peas are a very good source of vitamin C, vitamin B, vitamin K, manganese, folate, and fiber. They are also a good source of vitamin B2, vitamin B6, potassium, and protein. Peas support blood sugar regulation, promote heart health, contain antioxidants, and have anti-inflammatory benefits.

Taste

Peas have a mildly sweet and fresh flavor.

How to use in smoothies

You can add peas into smoothies raw fresh or frozen. Add anywhere from 1/4 cup to 3/4 cup peas to your smoothie.

Peas make an excellent smoothie thickener and they blend well with practically any smoothie ingredient. Try blending them with apples, spinach, banana, coconut, pear, strawberries, orange, mango, pineapple, or lime.

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Broccoli

Health Benefits

Broccoli is a very nutritious vegetable and is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, chromium, folate, and fiber. It also has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and detoxification properties. Broccoli helps to support the digestive tract and has cardiovascular health benefits.

Taste

Broccoli has a difficult flavor to describe, mainly because people taste it in different ways depending on their genes. The flavor can be perceived anywhere from mild, to mildly bitter, to plain old bitter.

How to use in smoothies

What fruits you enjoy blending broccoli with is largely going to depend on how you taste broccoli. Some suggestions are banana, blueberries, orange, pineapple, cranberries, mango, grapes, or apple.

Add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of broccoli florets to your smoothie. You can use it raw fresh or frozen.

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Asparagus

Health Benefits

Asparagus is an excellent source of vitamin B1 and B2, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, and folate. It is also high in potassium, protein, manganese, and fiber. It has many health benefits including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Taste

Fresh asparagus has a mild flavor with earthy undertones. If you’ve tasted asparagus that has a strong flavor it’s probably because it was past its peak freshness or overcooked.

How to use in smoothies

Since fresh asparagus is mild in flavor it blends well with most fruits and vegetables. Try blending it with strawberries, oranges, vanilla, banana, date, coconut, avocado, celery, or thyme.

Most recipes call for between 4 and 6 asparagus stalks with the woody bottoms removed.

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Bell Peppers

Health Benefits

Bell peppers come in a rainbow assortment of colors. Each color of pepper has a slightly different nutrient profile. Overall, bell peppers are extremely high in vitamin C, and are loaded with the antioxidants flavonoids and carotenoids. They are also a good source of vitamin B, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, and fiber.

Taste

The different colors of bell peppers taste differently. The most commonly found colors are green, red, orange, and yellow.

Green bell peppers have a bitter taste. Yellow bell peppers are sweet and almost fruity tasting. Orange bell peppers are similar to yellow bell peppers in flavor but a little less sweet. Red bell peppers are known to be the sweetest and juiciest of them all.

How to use in smoothies

The most common bell pepper color I’ve seen used in smoothie recipes is the red pepper. This is most likely because it is the sweetest tasting of all of them, and does contain higher levels of vitamins C and A than the rest. If you’re going to add a pepper you may as well get the most nutrients you can, right?

You can use fresh or frozen bell peppers in your smoothies. If you’re going to use a fresh bell pepper be sure to remove the stem and seeds first. Recipes vary from using 1/2 a whole pepper to using the whole fresh pepper. If using frozen bell pepper try adding 1/3 cup.

Green bell pepper blending suggestions: apple, spinach, mango, grapes, avocado, or coconut.

Yellow and orange bell pepper blending suggestions: spinach, avocado, tomato, parsley, pineapple, banana, or mango.

Red bell pepper blending suggestions: cucumber, spinach, pineapple, strawberry, orange, grapefruit, blueberry, mango, banana, tomato, basil, or avocado.

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Fennel

Health Benefits

Fennel is a good source of vitamin C, fiber, potassium, manganese, copper, and folate. Its health benefits include antioxidants, immune support, cardiovascular health, and colon health.

Taste

Fennel bulbs have a slightly sweet earthy taste. It can help round out the flavors of your smoothie and tame some of the sweetness.

Fennel fronds have a mild licorice or anise spice flavor.

How to use in smoothies

Add 1/2 medium fennel bulb to 1 whole fennel bulb to your smoothie. I’ve also seen it listed as 1/2 cup to 1 cup sliced fennel bulb in recipes.

Try blending it with carrots, ginger, apples, lemon, coconut, pineapple, lime, avocado, or pears.

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Mushrooms

Health Benefits

The health benefits of mushrooms vary depending on the type of mushroom. If you use crimini, reishi, chaga or shiitake they will add many health benefits to your smoothie. They are a great source of antioxidants that help boost the immune system and protect the heart. They also have anti-inflammatory properties and are a rich source of copper, selenium, vitamin B2, and vitamin B3.

Taste

Mushroom flavors vary depending on the variety, but overall they have a mild earthy taste.

How to use in smoothies

You can add 2 – 3 fresh mushrooms (wash them well) or a couple of teaspoons of mushroom powder to your smoothie.

The 2 – 3 mushrooms you add to a smoothie should not change the flavor of your smoothie much. Try blending them with strawberries, blueberries, almond, walnut, cinnamon, apples, bananas, raspberries, vanilla, or spinach.

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Snow Peas

Health Benefits

Snow peas are a great source of manganese, vitamin B1, vitamin C, vitamin K, copper, and fiber. They are also a good source of magnesium, iron, potassium, vitamin B6, and protein. Snow peas help support blood sugar regulation, promote heart health, have antioxidants, and have anti-inflammatory benefits.

Taste

Snow peas have a very sweet flavor that some think of as tasting like spring.

How to use in smoothies

Since snow peas have a light, sweet, and refreshing flavor they blend well with most smoothie ingredients. They will help to make sweet smoothies even sweeter and they will help to sweeten any smoothie that needs it.

Add 1 cup of snow peas to your smoothie. Try blending them with avocado, cucumber, grapes, spinach, lemon, pear, pineapple, almonds, apple, or orange.

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Make a vegetable smoothie today!

Leafy greens are not the only vegetables to use in smoothies. As you can see, there are many, many options for you to try. Adding vegetables increases the amount of fiber in your smoothies. This will help to control blood sugar levels and keep you feeling full for longer. Vegetables also add vitamins and minerals to your smoothies.

My typical go-to for vegetables are beans, carrots, and cucumbers. You’ll be seeing more of the options above in my smoothies in the future.

If you’d like some vegetable smoothie recipe ideas, check out my fruit and vegetable smoothie recipes here.

I’m giving you homework now that you know just how many options there are. 🙂

I challenge you to try one new (to you) vegetable in your next smoothie. Pick any one from the list above.

I’d love to hear which one you picked and how it turned out in your smoothie in the comments below!

 

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4 Responses

  1. Crystal Storm says

    Thanks a lot for this! Been struggling to find a smoothie that I liked (not into strong fruit flavors, too sweet) and this gives me more options to use in the one basic blend I’ve been doing.

    Also really, really appreciated your added notes about what each vegetable pairs well with as far as spices and flavors. So helpful. Thanks a lot!

    • Suzanne Camyre says

      You’re very welcome! I’m so glad you found this helpful.

      All the best,
      Suzanne

  2. Sarah Jones says

    Thank you Suzanne for the information. I’ve been planning to add more vegetables to my smoothies for a while to lower the sugar content. This information will be helpful. Thank you. Sarah

    • Suzanne Camyre says

      Hi Sarah! I’m glad you found this post helpful. Adding vegetables to smoothies is a great way to boost nutrients without adding sugar.

      Suzanne

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