There is no easier way to up your vegetable intake than a morning green smoothie. Compared to juices, smoothies have the added advantage of containing the whole of the vegetable including the fibres which are crucial for gut health. I try to include at least two vegetables and prefer to use coconut water instead of (nut)milk for a lighter tasting result.
1 cucumber, cut in 4
1 handful baby spinach
1 handful kale
1/4 frozen banana
small piece of ginger
250ml coconut water
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 serving protein powder
a few icecubes
Blend all the ingredients in a high powered blender until smooth.
Add more coconut water if the smoothie is too thick.
This is a very flexible recipe: don't have spinach? use lettuce or kale. don't like mango? use apple
If you find the taste of a vegetable based smoothie hard to get used to add some more fruit then gradually reduce fruit and add more vegetables