This Zucchini Smoothie tastes exactly like your favorite veggie bread! Only 8 ingredients needed for a full on powerhouse in a glass!
This smoothie literally does taste like zucchini bread. When I took the first sip of this smoothie, my tastebuds could identify every single flavor that was blended together.
We pretty much have all heard of adding leafy greens to smoothies but have you considered veggies like zucchini. I recently started adding this vegetable to my smoothie with the plethora I’ve been picking up from the farmer’s market.
The other recipe that I run to when I have too many zucchini on hand is my chocolate chip zucchini bread, which I’m sure everyone has tried at some point (there’s also a gluten free version). One thing I really love about this smoothie is that it’s healthy, but its taste is absolutely delicious!
Don’t let the green color be a turn-off. Actually, most green smoothies are the ones with the best nutrition profiles!
For the future when you need a savory zucchini side dish try these Zucchini Carrot Fritters.
Healthy Zucchini Smoothie Ingredients
Check out all of the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are packed in every glass you make!
Banana: rich in potassium and fiber
Zucchini: vitamins C and A, potassium, folate, and fiber
Spinach: potassium, magnesium, and vitamins B6, B9, and E, high amounts of carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, iron, and calcium
Walnuts: rich in omega-3 fats, protein, copper, manganese
Cinnamon: polyphenol antioxidants
Ginger: anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
Orange Zest: fiber, vitamins, and polyphenols
Smoothie Meal Prep Tips
If you are a beginner at making smoothies, I recommend starting with baby spinach. It’s a neutral veggie that blends well. Honestly, if you are using nut butters, protein powder, and/or berries; all of those ingredients overpower the taste of the spinach. You can’t even tell it’s in there!
PRO TIP: After you open your spinach (the kind in the plastic containers from the store) place a paper towel on top. This keeps the condensation from the lid off the greens and makes it stay fresher a little longer.
Chop and steam your zucchini before adding it to your smoothie. Not only does it blend better this way, but your body can absorb more nutrition. When you steam the zucchini, it breaks down the cell wall and opens up the micronutrients, which makes it easier for your body to absorb and digest.
Transfer the steamed zucchini to a parchment-lined baking sheet and place it in the freezer (this is also a good tip for berries too). Once they are frozen, place them in small plastic bags so you can easily toss them in the blender the next time you go to make a smoothie.
You can watch the video for all of the smoothie tips if you want!Print
Zucchini bread in smoothie form, while adding in extra veggies!
- 1 small banana (frozen)
- 1/2 cup zucchini (chopped, steamed, and frozen)
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1 tablespoon walnuts, chopped (or 1 tablespoon Pamela’s Nut Flour Blend)
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
- In a blender, combine all ingredients. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- For a thicker consistency, add ice. For a thinner consistency, add water.
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