Veggies – Not Just for Dinner Anymore
Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD
One of the many reasons I like to recommend protein shakes is because they offer so much nutrition in one glass – a good amount of protein, a serving of dairy and usually a serving of fruit. But what if we could get in a serving of veggies, too? There are plenty of vegetables that have a naturally sweet taste, so why not try adding some of these sweet vegetables to your shake?
True, in most cases, the veggies have to be cooked – but if you plan ahead, you can cook up some extra at dinner time and you’ll have something new to add to your shake, and more nutrition than ever before.
Here are some combinations you might want to try:
- Beets with berries. Or what I’m calling “beetberry.” Add half a cup of cooked beets to your vanilla shake along with some strawberries or frozen cherries.
- Banana-squash. Add half a cup of mashed winter squash, a small banana and a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg to your vanilla shake. This one tastes like a delicious pudding.
- Coconut -Pineapple-Carrot. So yummy. Add half a cup of cooked carrots to your vanilla shake along with some frozen pineapple tidbits and a few drops of coconut extract for a tropical treat.
- Cherry tomato. This one’s really different, but good! Add 1 cup of frozen cherries and 2 tablespoons of unsalted tomato paste to a chocolate shake.
- Spinach-mango. This one will be green, there’s no getting around it. But it’s really quick since it’s made with raw spinach and frozen mango chunks. You can easily pack a cup of raw spinach leaves into your vanilla shake, and the mango helps to mask the “green” taste.