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JULY 2, 2024

Green Smoothies with Broccoli: Healthy Summer Recipes

Discover tasty and nutritious green smoothie recipes featuring broccoli - a perfect blend of health and flavor for your daily wellness routine.

Read time: 12 minutes

Depending on where you are in the world, broccoli is a nightmare vegetable. Not because it’s bad for you but because across Europe and the United States, broccoli is the thing put on our plate as kids that we’d push away immediately.

But as you get older, you develop a taste for it and realize broccoli is an amazing veggie, packed with nutrients – and it can make your green smoothies much healthier. How? Well by adding important vitamins like C and K, essential minerals, and powerful anti-inflammatory compounds. What's more, when mixed with the right ingredients, broccoli doesn't taste bitter or bland, in fact, it can taste really boost your smoothie’s flavor profile.

So, we’ve got a simple smoothie recipe called the "Green Power Smoothie." Here’s what you'll need: frozen broccoli, a green apple, a banana, some spinach, and a splash of almond milk. Just blend all these ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth. But before you run to your blender, let’s just go through a few more interesting and helpful points, as well as a few twists.

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The Power of Broccoli in Smoothies

Broccoli is often called a superfood because it's packed with nutrients that are great for your health. Here's why: Broccoli is rich in vitamins C, K, and folate, which help with bone health, immune function, and cell growth. It also has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that fight oxidative stress and inflammation. Plus, it's high in fiber, which aids digestion and helps you feel full.

Elevating Nutritional Value

Simply put, adding broccoli to your smoothies makes them much healthier. This is because you're not just enjoying a tasty drink, you're pumping essential nutrients into your body. This is especially helpful if you're busy and struggle to eat enough fruits and vegetables every day.

Broccoli in smoothies gives you plenty of vitamin C, which boosts your immune system and helps your body absorb iron from plants. The fiber in broccoli helps with digestion and keeps you feeling full longer. Vitamin K in broccoli is important for blood clotting and bone health.

Flavoring Your Broccoli Smoothies

If you’re still unsold on broccoli and simply can’t get past the taste, we’ve got a way to counter this: experimenting with different flavors and sweeteners to create a balanced palate.

Sweetening Agents

Using natural sweeteners like honey, agave nectar, or ripe fruits such as bananas, mangoes, or apples into your broccoli smoothie not only balances out the slight bitterness of the broccoli but also enhances its palatability. These sweetening agents also add depth and complexity to the smoothie's flavor profile, transforming it from a potentially bitter brew into a delectable treat.

  • Honey is a natural sweetener that is packed with sweetness and floral undertones. And when used properly, it can really complement the earthy notes of the green ingredients in your smoothie.
  • Agave nectar comes from the agave plant and offers a milder sweetness than honey. This is why it’s an excellent option for avoiding refined sugars. It blends seamlessly into the smoothie, lending a silky texture and subtly enhancing your smoothie’s overall taste.
  • Another tip: incorporating bananas, mangoes, or apples adds a natural sweetness and helps with your smoothie's creamy texture. Bananas in particular, are great for giving a velvety consistency to your drink while bringing a natural sweetness that works wonders with the broccoli.

Aromatic Additions

Adding flavors like vanilla extract, cinnamon, or fresh herbs such as mint or basil can also make your broccoli smoothie taste and smell better.

  • Vanilla extract adds a warm, comforting flavor that goes well with broccoli's fresh, grassy taste. Just a drop or two can make the smoothie richer and more complex.
  • Cinnamon's warm and slightly spicy flavor contrasts nicely with broccoli's earthy taste. Its gentle heat makes the smoothie more interesting and flavorful.
  • Fresh herbs like basil or mint add brightness and freshness, helping to balance any bitterness from the broccoli. Their vibrant aromas and refreshing flavors create a more appealing drink.

Using these flavors, you can turn your broccoli smoothie into a delicious treat that not only tastes great but also fills you up.

Combining Broccoli with Other Greens

Mixing broccoli with other greens is a great way to boost the nutrition of your green smoothie. Broccoli is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, but its strong flavor and fibrous texture can be balanced by milder greens like spinach, kale, or romaine lettuce.

Each of these greens adds its own nutrients: spinach provides iron and folate, kale brings lots of vitamins K and C, and romaine lettuce adds vitamins A and K. This mix smooths out the taste and texture of your drink.

  • Together with broccoli, these greens enhance the smoothie’s nutrition and balance its flavors and textures. This mix ensures you get a variety of essential nutrients in one easy serving.
  • Besides the nutritional benefits, milder greens are also gentler on the taste buds, making them perfect for those new to adding broccoli to their smoothies. Their subtle flavors let broccoli’s unique taste stand out without overpowering the drink.
  • Combining broccoli with other greens in your smoothie not only boosts its nutrition but also creates a blend of flavors and textures that make your healthy drink more enjoyable.

Unique Green Smoothie Recipes

So, as we’ve said, broccoli may seem like an unlikely choice for a smoothie, but it's actually really versatile and packed with nutrients that enhance your smoothie’s flavor and health benefits. Here are a few alternative green smoothie recipes that will help you incorporate this nutritious veggie into your diet in a delicious way.

Broccoli and Pineapple Green Smoothie


  • 1 cup frozen or raw broccoli
  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup coconut water or almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)


  • Combine the broccoli, pineapple, banana, and coconut water (or almond milk) in your blender.
  • Blend until smooth, adding honey if desired for added sweetness.


This smoothie has an unbeatable tropical flavor, ideal for summer. And the sweetness of pineapple perfectly complements the earthy notes of broccoli. What's more, by adding the banana, you get extra creaminess in the texture, making it a refreshing and nutritious treat.

Broccoli and Avocado Green Smoothie


  • 1 cup frozen or raw broccoli
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • 1 green apple, cored and chopped
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • 1 cup water or almond milk


  • Place the broccoli, avocado, green apple, spinach, protein powder (if using), and water (or almond milk) into your blender.
  • Blend until all the ingredients are well combined and reach a smooth consistency.


The creamy texture of avocado adds richness to this green smoothie, while the apple provides a touch of tartness. Then you’ve got the spinach, which further enhances your smoothie's nutritional profile, making it an excellent choice for a satisfying and energizing beverage.

Broccoli and Mango Green Smoothie


  • 1 cup frozen or raw broccoli
  • 1 ripe mango, peeled and diced
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt or coconut yogurt
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
  • ½ to 1 cup water


  • Combine the broccoli, mango, yogurt, lime juice, honey (if using), and water in your blender.
  • Blend until all the ingredients are well combined and the smoothie has a creamy consistency.


The sweetness of the mango balances that mild-bitter broccoli taste to make a really vibrant green smoothie. And adding the yogurt ensures a creaminess that makes your drink a satisfying treat for any time of day.

These unique green smoothies help show the versatility of broccoli. So, whether for breakfast, a post-workout refuel, or a midday pick-me-up, these recipes offer an enjoyable way to incorporate more greens into your diet.

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Written by Matthew Stogdon

Matt has been writing for two decades, across print and digital media. He is also an accomplished filmmaker, with several accolades under his belt.


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