I eat a lot of fruit. Or to be more specific: I DRINK a lot of fruit, in the form of smoothies and juices. I love sugar. I sip maple syrup from the can. I eat dessert all day. And I consume copious amounts of bananas, coconut sugar, berries, tropical fruits and dried dates. I feel great, my body loves it, but there is one thing missing: THE VEG. For a vegan who lives for whole fresh foods, I do not eat enough vegetables. It’s so easy to forget to add greens to my smoothies, and I generally don’t dig salad. I can effortlessly go through a day inhaling nothing but sweet fruits and rice while leaving behind veggies, non-sweet fruits and leafy greens. But veggies are rad. They are as rad as fruit, without as much sugar. Broccoli, beets, bell peppers, carrots, dark leafy greens: they have all been shown to be health super stars that can increase our life span and protect against serious illness and disease. I need MORE OF ‘EM.
So me, being me, have devised a way to get in extra veg without having to put in almost any effort (yessss). I blend them into my smoothies. GENIUS, I know. I hear your applause now, thank you so very much. I’ve been doing it a for a few days now and am pretty much hooked. I make a giant smoothie (what else is new) and drink it down. No cooking necessary, hardly any dishes, all that good stuff. The veggie-filled smoothies still taste great and are way more nutrient-dense, which makes my body and brain happy. I am still a sugar-fiend so I add a lil maple syrup to the drinks, but if you don’t wanna, you don’t gotta. I prefer to use mostly frozen fruit and veg because it make the smoothie more like a frosty, thick shake. Enjoy!
1/2 cup frozen beet
3/4 cup frozen broccoli
1 frozen banana
1/3 cup bell pepper
1 cup blueberries
1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
2 cups almond milk
Blend it all up until smooth! Adjust according to preference; you can add more milk, fruit, maple syrup, or whatever you desire.
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