I recently made the most surprising discovery after receiving a suggestion from a friend of a friend. Zucchini in smoothies is a thing apparently. And believe it or not, a damn delicious thing at that. Meet my latest obsession: a zucchini almond butter smoothie!
Don’t get me wrong, I love my green smoothies packed with leafy greens as much as the next vegan mama, but I won’t lie, I was super hesitant to try adding zucchini. Zucchini noodles I love, zucchini sautéed with garlic and coconut oil is amazing, and I’m sold on baking them into muffins! But raw and for breakfast?!?
But I decided to give it a shot, and low and behold – it was delicious! As it turns out, raw zucchini adds quite a bit of body to a smoothie, thickening it up much like banana or frozen mango would, but without much flavour at all. It’s the perfect add-in for those trying to lower the amount of fruits in their smoothies, or for the banana-adverse. Plus they’re full of goodness and rich in vitamin C as well as being a source of vitamins A and B-6, potassium, dietary fibre.
I have been doing a whole foods reset this January and while avoiding my precious coffee and wine, along with sugar and gluten, I’ve been making an effort to start each day with a smoothie. My usual smoothie has always been made up of mostly fruit with lots of leafy greens, but in an effort to up my veggie intake even more I’ve been aiming for mostly greens with a bit of fruit. This smoothie combination is so thick and tasty and I simply love the addition of almond butter. Not only does it add a great flavour the added fats help fill me up and can tide me over until lunch. I’ve been sipping on zucchini every morning for a good 2 weeks now, and I just love getting that extra bit of veg in so early in the day.
Do you think you’d give zucchini a try? I’d love to know what you think of my zucchini almond butter smoothie if you do! Happy sipping!
- ½ small zucchini, sliced
- ½ cup frozen mixed greens
- ½ small banana
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 1-2 scoops vanilla protein powder
- 5-6 ice cubes
- ¾-1 cup cold water
- Place all the ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!
*I used a pre-fab frozen blend of leafy greens that included kale, collards and spinach but you can sub in any single frozen green or fresh chopped greens.