Have you ever considered putting a zucchini in a fruit smoothie? Well, technically, zucchini is a fruit so it’s not that much of a stretch. Despite the fact that it contains squash, this recipe tastes like apple and banana.
Zucchini is a great source of B vitamins and minerals. It’s great for bulking up a low-calorie smoothie and the flavor is mild and easily masked with sweeter fruit.
I didn’t peal the zucchini or apple because they were organic. If you can’t get organic, please peal them to lower your risk for exposure to pesticide residues.
This isn’t technically a “green” smoothie because I didn’t use leafy greens. The zucchini will give it a green color, though. You can certainly add mild-flavored greens like fresh baby spinach, green leaf lettuce or even Romaine to significantly boost the calcium, iron and other nutrients without compromising the flavor. Simply add another half banana or another apple to sweeten it back up.
Overall, it’s a tasty and easy smoothie!
Banana Apple Zucchini Smoothie Recipe
- 1 organic banana, peeled
- 1 large organic apple, cored
- 1 organic zucchini, chopped
- 4 to 6 ounces of filtered water
Start by adding the liquid to your blender (I use a Vitamix), followed by the soft fruit. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Calcium: 5% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
Iron: 15% RDA
Vitamin A: 19% RDA
Vitamin C: 58% RDA
This smoothie is also a good source of folate and other B vitamins, especially vitamin B6 at 72% RDA as well as vitamin K. It’s also a good source of copper (27% RDA), magnesium (19%), manganese (32% RDA), phosphorus (24% RDA), potassium (24% RDA) and zinc (7% RDA).
Serving Size: One.
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Tracy Russell is the creator of the Green Smoothie Weight Loss Program, the 30-Day Whole Foods Challenge and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.