Thursday, October 13, 2011

How to Eat More Fruits and Veggies: Green Smoothie

I like veggies more than fruits, and there are days when I don’t eat any fruits. I guess that’s not necessarily a bad thing as fruits tend to be  higher in sugar. However, I know that each fruit and veggie has different nutrients, and it is a good idea to eat a wide variety of different colored fruits and veggies throughout the week. The toddler and I always try to “buy the rainbow” at the Farmers’ Market and at the store.

One way to get fruits into my diet is by juicing. I usually make green juice with cucumbers and lots of different leafy greens such as spinach, Swiss chard, Romaine lettuce and whatever else shows up in my CSA box. I always add some fruits to my green juice for sweetness and to make it taste “less green.” Lemons are also wonderful in green juice and truly “take away the greenness.”

The other day, I received a Tervis tumbler through the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program. The tumbler is unique in that it keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold.

To be honest, my first thought was to make a nice coffee drink to put in the tumbler. But then I realized that I had already had my cup of coffee in the morning. So I opened the fridge and found some veggies to make a smoothie.

Green/Purple Smoothie

  • Milk
  • Blueberries (did not use all in the picture)
  • 1 frozen banana (cut into slices before freezing)
  • 2 stalks Swiss chard (cut into pieces)
The smoothie tasted a bit “green,” so I added a few Vanilla stevia drops, and they made it delicious.

Questions: Do you like fruits or veggies more? Or do you like them the same? I definitely prefer veggies. Unless you count tomatoes as fruits as they are my absolute favorite, and I eat several tomatoes each day when they are in season. Sadly, I picked the last of our tomatoes earlier this week… How do you make sure to get enough fruits and veggies into your diet? I try to build each meal around fruits and veggies (notice the word “try;” it does not always happen…). I also juice several times per week and make smoothies once in a while. Belonging to a year-round CSA also helps. There are always fruits and veggies in the fridge that need to be eaten. And I’m really careful not to waste any of the precious produce I receive from my organic CSA.

Be well,


  1. You're lucky that you prefer veggies! I definitely prefer fruit :( I've been REALLY into smoothies lately, which is odd since it's turned cooler out, but I've been having a green smoothie (with spinach) or a pumpkin smoothie basically every day this month for breakfast.

    I'm usually pretty good about getting plenty of veggies at dinner (except when traveling!). I *try* to make them part of lunch, too, but that isn't always guaranteed. I'm working on it :)

  2. On the day to day I prefer veggies. There are certain fruits I really love like watermelon and grilled pineapple but other than that I have to sort of "force" myself to eat them. I generally prefer savory to sweet so I think that's why I love veggies more! :)

  3. MMMM, sounds delicious! And swiss chard?? I have never tried that in a smoothie, but I love the idea. Maybe after Nick and I get a new Magic Bullet though (so it can get blended well).
    I prefer veggies over fruit, definitely. And like you said, I try to create meals around a certain vegeatble as a way to get all my veggies in for the day. Right now I'm making a spaghetti squash for dinner!

  4. i prefer veggies way more than fruits. my meals are surrounded by veggies as well, :)

  5. My inherent preference is for fruit. I could eat nothing else and be very happy. I do make sure I eat my veggies though. As a vegetarian, I always plan our meals around the veggies, everything else plays second fiddle. I make sure we always have veggies on hand for snacks, quick salads for lunch or with dinner, and there is always fresh fruit available too. Smoothies are awesome ways to get a dose of veggies and fruit!

  6. I vote for fruit over vegetables, and have to make myself eat a lot of vegetables. I sneak them into spaghetti sauce, pasta dishes and casseroles. I haven't been very successful with drinking the vegetable smoothies yet.

  7. I like both quite a lot. I tend to eat fruits when I'm out of the house and veggies while in the house in the evening. Your smoothie looks so tasty vs. some of the ones I have made.

    :-) Marion

  8. I have a surprise for you on today's post on my blog.

    :-) Marion

  9. I love smoothies - fruits and veggies are the best!

  10. I am probably the last food blogger not to have green (or purple!) monsters. :D

    I prefer fruit to veggies, but I am getting better. :D

  11. oh how intersting to use the swiss chard in your smoothie! very daring! i tend to stick with spinach. i tend to gravitate to fruit but i love veggies too!