Give a shout out to TURNIPS! Woot woot!
Have you ever eaten a turnip??
Turnips are my new best friend to eat in my green smoothies and quite tasty eaten raw on salads or even steamed. How could I just now be finding out about turnips?
I've heard of turnips before – heck – I'm from the South where many people eat turnips, but somehow I've never tasted a turnip.
The sweetest turnips are the small to medium sized turnips and if you can buy them with the greens still attached – well then you are really in for a treat.
If you've never eaten one, stop by the store today and get yourself some turnips because we're making a green smoothie with turnips.
I know what you're thinking, “Turnips in green smoothies?” How is that possible? It's easy, slice it up and throw it in to your VitaMix blender. Then enjoy the benefits.
Benefits of turnips in your green smoothie:
- Makes your smoothie thicker
- Great source of antioxidants
- Has a light, sweet flavor (not too sweet like fruit) that's a root vegetable. Buy the small to medium sized for the best flavor.
- Turnip greens can also be added to green smoothie for even more nutritional benefits.
- Great source of vitamin C
- Full of B vitamins and folate, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin.
- Helps with metabolism of protein and carbohydrates
- Contains fiber and minerals like iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium
- Aids in healthy hair, skin, eyes and liver
- 1/3 of the calories of potatoes
- Leafy greens contain calcium, folate, Vitamin A and K, B-complex and minerals
As always, remember that making green smoothies isn't really about measuring every ingredient; it's more about what tastes good to you and throwing it in.
Let's get started…………..
Turnip and Veggie Fruit Green Smoothie Recipe
- 1 pear
- 1 apple (if you want more sweetness)
- 1/2 medium turnip
- 1 peach
- 1 celery stalk
- 1 small tomato
- 1 carrot
- dash of Celtic sea salt
- dash or two or three of cinnamon (go crazy)
- splash of lemon juice
- approximately 2 tbsp of ground flax seed (or more or less if you want)
- frozen strawberries
- large handful of spinach leaves
- large handful of turnip greens
- ice (optional)
Add soft fruits and vegetables first, then firmer fruits and vegetables, then salt, spices, lemon juice, the greens last. Blend in your VitaMix or high powered blender. Vita-mix blenders work the best for these green smoothies if you want them to come out creamy and blended really well.
Blend completely until smooth.
Taste to make sure the green smoothie is to your liking and adjust as necessary.
Last, add ice and blend.
Next, pour into your insulated metal CamelBak containers – my personal favorite – to keep in the fridge and drink all day.
Makes approximately 64 oz of green smoothie.
Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think and if you tried adding turnips to your favorite green smoothie recipe.
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