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Guest blog: Drink Your Vegetables

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Posted by Holly J Coley of Fit is the new black under Nutrition on 2 August 2012 at 11:00 PM

The Smoothie Recipes Tribe is a hub of smoothie deliciousness! We were inspired by Simon P's question 'Bogeys' to approach health and fitness blogger Holly from 'Fit is the new black' to get some of her recipes for getting greens into your smoothies!

I consider myself a smoothie connoisseur, but it isn’t all strawberries and chopped bananas. I hate green drinks! With the exception of this one fabulous green drink I had at Pure Food and Wine, I find the whole green monster smoothie gagtastic! I understand the benefits of adding vegetables into fruit based drinks. Their loaded with vitamins, calcium, fiber-so much good stuff.  Drinking one Green Monster would give me a head start on my daily veggie servings. But I can’t get over the color. I.Just.Can’t.

But like I said, I’m a smoothie connoisseur. And if you hate chugging things that remind you of the infamous vomit scene in The Exorcist there’s still hope. I’ve created two new super smoothies that will give your fruit and veggie fix.  Best of all, you’re palette-and eyes-won’t be the wiser.

Life’s Just Peachy

The sneaky star of this smoothie is butternut squash. It’s loaded with fiber, vitamin B6, folate, and potassium, which is a must if you want healthy bones.  

Ingredients:

1 cup of peaches (frozen or fresh-I used both)

2/3 cups of butternut squash cubes 

1 mango peeled and sliced

1 personal size can of 100 percent pineapple juice ( about 6 oz)

4 ice cubes

*Agave or honey to taste if desired


Directions:

1. Chop fruit

2.  Cook squash in a pot of boiling water for 4 minutes (or until soft)

3. Place all ingredients into a blender

Blackberry Surprise

According to WebMD, Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet.  One cup has 15 percent of your daily calcium requirement, 5 grams of fiber, tons of vitamin C, iron, phosphorous, and really the list goes on and on.  Obviously it belongs in your tummy!

Ingredients:

1 cup of blackberries (frozen or fresh)

3 leaves of kale with including the stalks

Half a block of silken tofu

1 personal can of 100 percent pineapple juice

*Honey or agave taste

*Splash of water if you want smoothie to be thinner

Directions:

1. Rinse kale leaves with water, and then tare or cut into pieces

2. Toss kale and other ingredients into blender

Happy drinking!

Photos credited to Keith Lynch

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