Tropical Ginger Green Smoothie (with a Secret Ingredient!)

I have been on one of the most intense green smoothie kicks of my life over the past couple of weeks.  Today I’ve got a new one for you that makes use of an ingredient for which I’ve struggled to find a use in the past…
Broccoli stalks!

Now, you may be thinking one (or more) of the following things:

  • Gross!  Broccoli in a smoothie?! 
  • What do you mean you’ve struggled to find a use for those?  Just eat them, dummy!
  • This is not new.  I do this all the time.  <—the thoughts of my very enlightened, smoothie guru readers!

But seriously, I eat broccoli ALL. THE. TIME.  And this does usually include parts of the stalk.  However, I just have a *thing* about the proportion of stalk to floret that I want to have in a dish (it can only be like, 30:70, max, but preferably closer to 20:80).  This means that 99% of the time, I have some broccoli stalks left over.

They can be composted, of course.  But really that is such a waste of money (since you pay for broccoli by weight), not to mention outstanding nutritional value (including folate, potassium, and Vitamin C)!

So I finally decided to take a flyer on using it in a smoothie, and lo and behold, it blends right in, adding bulk and tons of nutrients while imparting no detectable broccoli flavor.  Win!
 photo BroccoliSmoothie003_zps46f1dabb.jpgTropical Ginger Green Smoothie with Broccoli Stalk
Yield: 1 very large smoothie
Vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free

1 cup water
1 large frozen banana
1/3 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen mango or pineapple chunks
1 broccoli stalk, roughly chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut in half (use about half this amount if you don’t adore ginger…I *adore* ginger)
2 big handfuls baby spinach (about 2 cups)
(optional) agave nectar to sweeten, if necessary

Add to blender in order shown, blend from low to high, and serve!BroccoliSmoothie002_zpsa5997cc7Try it, you’ll like it!

Have you ever tried broccoli stalks in a smoothie before?  What other leftover veggies have you smoothie-fied?

14 thoughts on “Tropical Ginger Green Smoothie (with a Secret Ingredient!)

  1. Ooh I haven’t put broccoli stalks in a smoothie, but now it’s on my to-do list. I’m also bummed that I totally forgot to submit a smoothie this week. Next week, it’s ON!

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  3. I’m not brave enough to add broccoli to a smoothie. My favorite veggie to add is swiss chard. But what I really like to add is 1/2 of an organic lemon, skin and all, but not the seeds. When I do this I use water for the liquid.

  4. Mmm I love Swiss chard in a smoothie too! The chard around here tends to be best in the mid-late summer so I’m just biding my time until comes goes back into my regular rotation 🙂

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    • Thanks! It’s so true. Very helpful for people who don’t love or aren’t used to drinking their greens 🙂

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