This healthy broccoli smoothie is a great way to kick-start your day and contains just 3 simple ingredients. Broccoli, pineapple and apple juice. Sounds like an unlikely combination but it works! Ok, so the thought of a broccoli smoothie may not be everyone’s go-to but I urge you to give this a go. The pineapple and apple juice does a great job of toning down the irony richness of the broccoli.
Broccoli Smoothie Ingredients
I personally love the distinct iron rich and mildly bitter taste of broccoli. It tastes good eaten raw and the stems are delicious with a slightly milder flavour too. Broccoli is loaded with many vitamins, minerals and fibre meaning there are a myriad of reasons why eating broccoli is a good thing. What’s more, did you know that eating just 2 broccoli spears counts as one portion of the recommended 5 per day!
Opt for regular broccoli rather than fancy tender stem for this recipe. It’s cheaper to buy for a start and it only gets blended so no need for fancy presentation. Just remember to give the broccoli a wash under cold water before cutting it into bite sized pieces.
I tend to buy frozen pineapple for this recipe. It’s available all year round from the freezer isle of most supermarkets and it’s already had the outer skin removed and been chopped into handy chunks. You can but fresh when in season and prepare yourself but avoid the canned variety as they often have sugar or syrup added to them.
How To Make Broccoli Smoothie
- Blender or Food Processor
- 150 g broccoli florets chopped
- 100 g fresh or frozen pineapple skin and core removed and cut into chunks
- 100 ml apple juice
- Ice to serve if desired
- Wash the broccoli briefly in cold water and then chop into florets before placing in your food processor or blender
- Add the pineapple chunks and apple juice and blend until smooth
- Transfer into serving glasses and add a couple of ice cubes (if desired) before serving immediately
Broccoli Smoothie Recipe Variations
If you don’t have pineapple or apple juice to hand then there ways to adapt this recipe. If you don’t have or are not keen on the taste of pineapple then you could substitute some other fruit. I’d recommend a fruit that is really fragrant and that will pack a punch to contract the slightly bitter, irony taste of the broccoli. How about mango, kiwi or papaya?
Replace apple juice with Green Tea
I add apple juice because, again, it scores high in the flavor stakes but equally, the citrus zing of orange or grapefruit juice would be delicious or even mango juice would work well too. When selecting any fruit juice try to opt for the type that have not been processed in any way or had chemicals, sweeteners or water added to them.
If the thought of adding any type of fruit juice is just too much sweetness and likely to send your blood sugar soaring then another alternative is green tea, matcha green tea or how about your favorite flavored herbal tea? There are so many good quality herbal tea options on the market. My particular favorite is the sweet ginger flavor by teapig, available to buy from teapigs.com
Using a green tea or herbal tea would lower the amount of naturally occurring sugars in the smoothie making this a great option for anyone needing to maintain stable blood sugar levels. There is also a significant amount of antioxidants in green tea which are known to protect the body against disease. Just remember to check the packaging on the green tea label as it does contain caffeine.
Any substituted liquid should be used in the same quantities as I have specified for the apple juice in this recipe. If you are using green tea or herbal tea then its a good idea to make it in advance and allow it to cool completely before adding it to the blender with the remaining broccoli smoothie ingredients.
I personally think that this broccoli smoothie is sweet enough even if you are substituting the apple juice for a herbal tea. If you do feel the smoothie is lacking sweetness you could add a tablespoon of maple syrup or agar or even a teaspoon of stevia or vanilla extract.
More Healthy and Delicious Smoothie Recipes
For more delicious nutrient-dense and green smoothie recipes, why not head on over to my blog for a little inspiration. Alternatively, hit the link to try my Healthy and Nutritious Blueberry Spinach Smoothie with Ginger or my Quick & Easy Avocado and Spinach Smoothie. Enjoy!