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!

Healthy trails,

One response to “V-12 Vegetable Smoothie”

  1. Jill says:

    So I kid you not… just this morning, I looked up homemade V8 because I wanted another way to get my pound of fresh veggies in when I get tired of salads. And look what you posted… I'm so happy to see a fresh version of this as most of the others are cooked.

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