5 Surprising Greens to Add Into Smoothies

Blend these extraordinary greens into your next smoothie!

Adding greens into your smoothies is a great way to sneak healthy ingredients into your diet. But throwing spinach and kale into the blender day after day can get boring. Increase the nutrients and flavor in your smoothies by experimenting with all different types of greens. Here are 5 greens to add in that might surprise you!

1.Bok Choy

This leafy green is a type of Chinese cabbage that is low in calories and high in nutrients. Bok choy is rich in fiber and contains vitamins C, K, and A, making it a great addition to your next smoothie. Some of its many health benefits include promoting healthy skin, eyes, and bones. Bok choy has a sweet, yet peppery, flavor that can be easily blended to pair well with most fruits!


2. Arugula

This peppery green is for more than just salads! Arugula contains high amounts of vitamins A, C, and K, and iron. This leafy vegetable is great for making a detox smoothie because the fiber will leave you feeling full. Similar to spinach and kale, this green pairs well with any berry smoothie.

3. Dandelion Greens

Better known for side dishes or mixed into a salad, dandelion greens can be a unique nutrient-packed addition to your next smoothie. They provide a substantial amount of iron, contain vitamin E, and also have small amounts of B vitamins. Although bitter in taste, blending it with sweet fruits will help soften the flavor.

4. Coriander

Also known as cilantro, coriander is rich in vitamins and nutrients. Coriander contains high amounts of fiber, magnesium, and iron, as well as vitamin C. This green would pair well with any smoothie recipe that contains citrus or tropical fruits.

5. Watercress

This aquatic plant is packed with antioxidants and renowned for its nutrient content. Watercress contains vitamins A, C, K E, B6, and potassium. It’s high amount of vitamin C and antioxidants will help support your immune system. It has a peppery taste, like arugula, and is best blended with berries.

Try any (or all!) of these greens to add nutritional value and flavor into your next smoothie!

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