It seems the last several weeks have had their share of indulgent meals, so I was craving something easy and light to help even things out. That’s when I remembered a health tip a fitness instructor told me years ago. She said an easy way to add a nutritional punch to any smoothie is to replace the ice cubes with frozen broccoli. Broccoli? In a smoothie? I imagine we had the same reaction to that suggestion: “ew, gross!” She swore you cannot taste the broccoli, and you get the same texture as if ice were used. Chrystal and I are always on the hunt for new cooking tricks and easy food tips, especially when it comes to healthy eating. I gave it some more thought, and my curiosity started to outweigh my dubious feelings. Can’t taste the broccoli, huh? Guess there’s only one way to find out!
I threw this smoothie together based on what was in my freezer as a healthy kick-start to the day. After tasting the finished drink, I was elated. She was right! You couldn’t detect any hint of vegetables in the mix, just the sweet fruit and touch of richness the coconut provided. Adjust the amount water you may need based on the strength of your blender. No Vitamix here, so I ended up adding in half a cup of water to get that perfect, smooth texture. Definitely use fresh fruits if you’d like, but this trick only works with broccoli chunks that are frozen. Try it for yourself in your next homemade smoothie. An extra shot of fiber and vitamin C–and a plethora of other healthy goods from the this green superfood–never hurt anybody. Your taste buds won’t know the difference!
Blueberry Peach Smoothie – Serves about 4
1 cup frozen blueberries, about 4 ounces
1 cup frozen peach slices, about 2 ounces
1 cup frozen chopped broccoli, about 4 ounces
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons protein powder
2 cups almond milk
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup water
Process all ingredients in a blender until completely smooth. Add more water if needed to reach desired consistency. Serve immediately.
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