Vegetable smoothies?

I am interested in mixing up my vegetable intake a bit, and was hoping someone has tried blending up veggies to make a vegetable "smoothie."

I'm really over eating salads, but I need to keep up eating my veggies, esp. the dark leafy greens. I already drink fiber-added V8 a few times a day (a juice-glass in the morning first thing and one of the tiny cans with my afternoon snack) and would love to be able to blend up my own drinkable veggie servings.

I googled a few recipes and lots of them have fruit and fruit juice added (holy sugar batman). I'm ok with it not tasting *yummy* but just at least palatable. Of course I'm interested in having other ingredients other than greens, but I want it to be really healthy.

What are the odds that I'll get something like this smooth-ish (not totally chunky) in the blender? Should I use fresh greens? Frozen?

Suggestions? Advice?
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I mix spinach into smoothies all the time. The key is to blend the spinach (fresh or frozen - frozen seems to blend in more smoothly) with the liquid you're using first before adding the other ingredients. I usually use frozen (unsweetened) fruit, spinach, cold water, and protein powder in mine.
This one has fruit in it, but maybe you could substitute tomato, carrot or something instead?

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Try wheatgrass, I add about a teaspoon of wheatgrass to my regular milk/berries/ice smoothie. It really ups the nutritional content and is really good for your immune system.
I also have a ton of recipes that have lots of veggies if you are interested in more than juice - let me know!
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Bolthouse Farms makes a really good vegetable/fruit smoothie. I usually drink one a day or one every other day when I don't eat my vegetables. They have two vegetables smoothies with "Green Goodness" being my favorite:Green Goodness Smoothie
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Here's what I use when I have a "green smoothie":

--1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt (you could use nonfat plain, but then you might want an additional sweetener)
--1/2 cup orange juice (you could probably use skim milk instead if you want, I like the extra vitamin C because it aids in iron absorption)
--Heaping 1/2 cup frozen sliced strawberries
--1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach
--1 banana
--Sometimes I'll add some ground flax seed meal

I just put it all in my Magic Bullet at the same time and blend it up. I got the idea from wild~hair to use frozen spinach and it makes it really easy. I wouldn't say the final product is low-calorie (without the flax, it's about 300 calories), but it's all healthy stuff and I would have it as more of a mini-meal than as a snack. It would make a great breakfast or post-workout meal.
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Here's what I use when I have a "green smoothie":

--1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt (you could use nonfat plain, but then you might want an additional sweetener)
--1/2 cup orange juice (you could probably use skim milk instead if you want, I like the extra vitamin C because it aids in iron absorption)
--Heaping 1/2 cup frozen sliced strawberries
--1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach
--1 banana
--Sometimes I'll add some ground flax seed meal

I just put it all in my Magic Bullet at the same time and blend it up. I got the idea from wild~hair to use frozen spinach and it makes it really easy. I wouldn't say the final product is low-calorie (without the flax, it's about 300 calories), but it's all healthy stuff and I would have it as more of a mini-meal than as a snack. It would make a great breakfast or post-workout meal.
Originally Posted by PixieCurl
Just curious, doesn't the orange juice make the yogurt curdle or taste yucky?
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Here's what I use when I have a "green smoothie":

--1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt (you could use nonfat plain, but then you might want an additional sweetener)
--1/2 cup orange juice (you could probably use skim milk instead if you want, I like the extra vitamin C because it aids in iron absorption)
--Heaping 1/2 cup frozen sliced strawberries
--1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach
--1 banana
--Sometimes I'll add some ground flax seed meal

I just put it all in my Magic Bullet at the same time and blend it up. I got the idea from wild~hair to use frozen spinach and it makes it really easy. I wouldn't say the final product is low-calorie (without the flax, it's about 300 calories), but it's all healthy stuff and I would have it as more of a mini-meal than as a snack. It would make a great breakfast or post-workout meal.
Originally Posted by PixieCurl
Just curious, doesn't the orange juice make the yogurt curdle or taste yucky?
Originally Posted by mdrb
No it's delicious. I actually prefer the taste when I use the OJ.
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I tried a fruit smoothie. I couldn't handle it

What about wheatgrass? You can buy a pack of frozen shots. That way you can have easy access to them
Pixie, that's really similar to the smoothie I made for breakfast this morning, except I used vanilla protein powder instead of yogurt. Delicious!

ETA: Adding a little bit of lime juice (either fresh or bottled) adds a bit of "brightness" to most fruit smoothies. I need to add limes to my grocery list!
All-Vegetable Cocktail

Serves 2

1 pt. fresh tomatoes
1/2 tsp garlic
1 cucumber diced
1 green pepper
Sprigs of fresh parsley
1/4 onion, sliced
2-3 lettuce leaves
1/2 tsp ginger

Blend all ingredients in a blender on low speed.

This is a recipe from "The PH Miracle" written by Robert and Shelley Young.

They also suggest buying the powdered greens and adding them to your water or to this cocktail.

I haven't made this drink, so I don't know how the consistency is. I would think you could add avocado to make it creamier.
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i can make an awesome avacado smoothie
Avacados rock. I once had a sweet tooth and blended avacado with stevia plus and lime juice. It was a good lime pudding.
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