Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Microgreen Smoothie Recipes

Recently, I was a guest speaker at the Library of Congress. My talk was about how to grow and add microgreens to your diet.  After the talk, one gentleman asked me if one could add microgreens to smoothies.  The answer is you certainly can! In its raw form, microgreens have been found to have from 4 to 40 times the nutrients found in their mature counterparts, so definitely a great addition to a smoothie.

I think I expressed my opinion that it would be "sort of a waste" to add microgreens to a smoothie, which as soon as the words left my mouth, I realized was a dumb comment.  I said this because 1) I personally love to eat microgreens in a salad, especially the more substantial greens like sunflower greens, and 2) I like to hide veggies I don’t love in smoothies and juices, thus adding microgreens would be a waste. Plus, I'm just not a really big smoothie maker.

This gentleman said he likes to make smoothies all the time.  Well, I hope he forgives my comment because adding microgreens to smoothies would be an absolutely delicious, nutritious, and convenient thing to do! For him, I have found several microgreen smoothies recipes to try. There are many out there (try Google and Pinterest), and a reliable way to use them would also be in your existing favorite green smoothie recipe.

Superfood Warrior by

 ¾ cup chocolate almond milk

1 banana

1-3 teaspoons cacao powder

1 tablespoon almond butter

½ cup ice

1 handful kale microgreens

3 shakes cinnamon

Tropical Broccoli Breeze by

 ½ cup pineapple juice

½ cup unsweetened coconut milk

1 banana

1 handful broccoli greens

1-2 tablespoons coconut shreds

6 ounces ice

Avocado Smoothie by

1 avocado

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 cup milk (any kind)

Dash cayenne

Dash salt, if desired

½ cup sunflower greens

1 tablespoon fresh basil

1 tablespoon honey

The Cure-All by
(makes a large amount)

¼ cup beet microgreens

½ cup pea shoots

1/8 cup oregano

¼ cup radish microgreens

1 banana, frozen

½ mango

6 cups orange juice

1 cup plain yogurt

Squeeze honey

Anti-Oxidant Smoothie by

1 cup vanilla almond milk

½ frozen banana

½ cup blueberries

1 handful kale microgreens

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