Not everyone loves their veggies.
As a nutritionist who hangs out at the farmer’s markets for kicks, it astounds me that many people don’t, but it’s true.
The good news is that you don’t have to love veggies to sneak them into your daily diet.
Smoothies are a great way to hide vegetables.
You might be looking for a way to get leafier greens into your diet without having to eat a lovely bowl of kale at every meal.
Or you might be looking for ways to sneak more veg into your fussy kid’s meals or snacks.
No matter what your reason is for hiding the vegetables, these tips will help to get you started in the art of hiding vegetables in your smoothies.
Match the colours to your other smoothie ingredients
If you’re making the smoothie for someone else, such as a child, this is an important one.
Nothing gives away a dose of greens in a smoothie more than the brown colour when you blend up a cup of kale with berries!
Use your smoothie ingredients wisely to act as a camouflage.
Want to add some greens?
Use green apple or kiwifruit as your fruit, or disguise it by making it a frozen chocolate smoothie.
Making a delicious banana smoothie?
Add some cauliflower florets, or even zucchini with the skin removed.
Boosting your smoothie with berries?
Add in a slice of beetroot.
Want a tropical mix with some mango and pineapple?
Sneak in some carrot or cauliflower.
Itching to add avocado into your blend?
Good news – pretty much any coloured ingredient will cover up the pale yellow-green hue of avocado.
Include veggies that have a mild flavour
If the frozen smoothie you’re creating is for you or someone who is well aware of the vegetable content, you can opt for adding some more mild flavoured vegetables.
Spinach is one of the best greens to add, as it has a mild flavour that can be covered by almost any fruit or spice.
Some other vegetables to play around with hiding in your frozen smoothies include:
Use plenty of flavours to cover up the taste
One of the great things about smoothies is that you can make them taste like almost anything, even if you add secret vegetables in!
This is your opportunity to get creative with flavour combinations that you can still enjoy.
To cover up the sneaky veg, you can use:
- Fruit – any you like! Many smoothies use tropical fruits, berries, citrus, cherries or bananas
- Cocoa/cacao for chocolate flavour
- Mesquite for a subtle caramel flavour
- Herbs such as mint
- Flavoured protein powders – just check the ingredients first to make sure there aren’t any nasties added
- Nut butters (this is great combined with berries for a PB&J style smoothie)
Add in some Super Cubes!
What if you could add in veggies without having to chop, slice or even buy a variety of vegetables?
It’s as easy as popping out 2-3 Super Greens Smoothie cubes, adding a liquid base and any extra ingredients you like.
Then you blend it all up, and you’ve got a smoothie that is packed full of greens!
Hot tip – if your kids don’t like green coloured smoothies, here’s a recipe that I have made myself that comes out purple:
- 2-3 Super Greens Smoothie Super Cubes
- 2 handfuls frozen blueberries
- 1 serve egg white protein (you can substitute your protein of choice, or omit it)
- 1 cup coconut milk (you can substitute your base of choice)
Blend together and serve!
You just have to try different combinations until you find a recipe that works for you and your children if needed.
Need more vegetables in your diet?
No problem, Super Cubes and your choice of fruit and hidden vegetables = easy!