May 08, 2013
V-12 Vegetable Smoothie
V-8 takes a back seat to this fresh and lively smoothie! I’ve come across many recipes online for homemade V-8 juice, and you could certainly juice these veggies, however, you’d be missing out on the great fiber of whole foods that a smoothie offers. Also, when juiced, the sugars in the carrots and beets enter the bloodstream very quickly, overworking the pancreas.
You can experiment with whatever veggies you like in a mixed veggie smoothie. I worked on this one for a while to get a similar flavor to traditional V-8 juice. Of course, it is a lot thicker because you will be blending the veggies whole (not juicing and not straining). Also, you can use either fresh tomatoes or tomato purée. I used purée which also added more thickness. And there’s just something about blending a tomato or tomato product which results in a lot of air in the smoothie, making it seem even thicker! I guess what I’m saying is… use a thick straw.
- 1 cup tomato purée (or 2 fresh tomatoes)
- 1 cucumber
- 1 carrot
- 1 red bell pepper
- 2 celery stalks
- 1 small red beet
- large handful kale
- large handful spinach
- large handful lettuce (any kind)
- 5-6 parsley stalks, stems included
- 1 green onion stalk
- juice of 1/2 lime (use the rest for garnish)
Add ons (optional and to taste):
- Fresh or prepared horseradish (I used a 1″ piece of fresh and kicked it up a few notches… as well as a small portion of the habanero pepper you see in the photo up there! Oh yeah, babe.)
- Tamari or other low-sodium soy sauce
- Hot sauce
- Blend the high-water-content veggies together first, like the tomato, cucumber and greens. Then add the others, rough-chopped. Blend until smooth.
Makes a lot… enough for 2 very large smoothies. We weren’t hungry for lunch at ALL. Enjoy!