This spicy tomato smoothie tastes like an amazing tomato gazpacho.
I get so many emails from “green smoothie newbies” (as they refer to themselves) asking how to transition from fruit-based green smoothies to savory green smoothies. My answer is always the same: “Make vegetable green smoothies that taste like delicious gazpachos.” I’ve found that this is the easiest way to transition into more alkaline green smoothies that contain less natural sugar.
Sweet smoothies are delicious, and there is no doubt that mixing fruit with leafy greens is the most palatable way to drink your greens. However, most fruits contain a large amount of natural sugar, making them acidic in large quantities. Mixing things up and including more alkaline vegetable smoothies is a great way to increase your alkaline buffers (minerals that neutralize acids) and change your palate.
As much as I enjoy fruit, I do not eat it on a weekly basis. My daily smoothies are typically vegetable-based blends with a bit of lemon or lime. Adding flavor enhancers like lemon or lime juice, garlic, ginger, peppers, and fresh herbs is a great way to create flavorful combinations.
Start with just 1 cup of mild-tasting greens like spinach, romaine, and radish greens, and build up from there. Greens like kale, chard, beet greens, collards greens, arugula, and dandelion greens can be bitter even small quantities when not masked with fruit. However, as your palate changes, you’ll be able to tolerate more of these greens.
Another top tip is to keep your smoothies really cold. As our taste buds are temperature sensitive, we can’t taste the full dimension of flavors when drinks are ice cold. This temperature phenomenon takes the edge of the pungency of leafy greens and earthy foods like beets. I add about 2 cups of ice when using fresh veggies.
This Spicy Tomato Gazpacho Grab Smoothie from The Blender Girl Smoothies app is a sensational introduction into savory smoothies.
This smoothie is a meal replacement for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Play around with the quantities of garlic, chile, onion, and salt. I like mine with a real punch. But you might find you prefer a milder experience.
Either way, this vegetable smoothie is a winner. Enjoy!
Find more delicious smoothie recipes in The Blender Girl Smoothies app.
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Spicy Tomato Smoothie
This savory tomato gazpacho-style green smoothie is seriously delicious.
- 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
- 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1/2 English cucumber, chopped
- 1/2 medium avocado, pitted and peeled
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus more to taste
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro, plus more to taste
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion, plus more to taste
- 3/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt, plus more to taste
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
- Pinch of red pepper flakes, plus more to taste
- 1 cup (125g) ice cubes
- Throw everything into your blender (including any boosters) and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds until smooth and creamy. Tweak cilantro, onion, pepper, and pepper flakes to taste.