3 Sweet Spring Vegetable Smoothies
While spring is best known in most of the U.S. as the time to plant vegetables in your garden, there are some veggies that are actually in season this time of the year. Look for them at your local grocery store or market to incorporate the ingredients into your diet.
You can use these veggies along with some fruit for a nutritious snack. Try making one of these sweet spring vegetable smoothie recipes at home in your blender.
1. Spring Baby and Red Leaf Lettuce Smoothie
Like many leafy greens, spring baby and red leaf lettuce are filled with vitamins and minerals while possessing few negative attributes, such as excessive calories, sodium or fat. Enjoy these vegetables in a green-ish smoothie that's as sweet as it is nutritious. Here's what you'll need:
- 1 cup red leaf lettuce
- 1 cup spring baby lettuce
- 1 cup fresh mixed berries
- 1/2 medium apple, cut and cored
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 teaspoon honey
Combine all of your ingredients in your all purpose blender's jar. Cover the container and blend on HIGH for about 30 seconds. Pour into a glass and enjoy your seasonal smoothie.
2. Swiss Chard Smoothie
Swiss chard or chard is a leafy vegetable with a red stem that can be bitter and delicious. Mix it with some fruit for a rich, flavorful seasonal drink. Combine these ingredients in your blender:
- 1/2 cup Swiss chard, with stem, chopped
- 1/2 unflavored Greek yogurt
- 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries
- 2 tablespoons grated ginger
Blend on HIGH, serve and enjoy immediately. Strawberries are also in season in some places for a double dose of spring.
3. Fennel and Fruit Smoothie
Fennel has a taste like anise or black licorice, and many people don't like it on its own. However, these celery-like bulbs can offer a number of vitamins, minerals and plenty of fiber in small amounts, so it's worth eating. Offset its unique taste with some fruit in this smoothie:
- 1 cup of sliced fennel bulb
- 1 whole pear, chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh blackberries
- 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lime juice
- 1/2 cup apple juice
Combine these ingredients in your blender for a unique, one-of-a-kind smoothie. Try switching out the pear and blackberries for different fruits to get the perfect flavor for your palate.