Sneaky Broccoli Smoothie Recipe
Pineapple Broccoli Smoothie Recipe
How to Make a Green Smoothie with Raw Broccoli, Pineapple, Banana & Yogurt
In this sneaky pineapple broccoli smoothie recipe, you can’t even taste the broccoli! Naturally sweet, lusciously creamy, loaded with nourishing green goodness. And, you can make it with only 5 simple ingredients! Learn how to make a green smoothie with broccoli (raw or steamed), a banana, pineapple, yogurt, and apple juice.
I know eating veggies throughout the day is a simple way to support my body, and sometimes I make that easier on myself by enjoying a vegetable smoothie. Whether we enjoy them in their whole food form or blended into a smoothie, those veggies are just as nutritious! And, this broccoli smoothie recipe is loaded with nourishing fiber, micronutrients and anti-inflammatory compounds.
Plus, with the natural sweetness of banana, pineapple, and apple juice, the broccoli is so subtle it’s practically invisible! This green smoothie has a satisfying tropical flavor with a luscious, sippable creaminess from the yogurt. And, best of all, you can throw it in the blender and have it ready in under 5 minutes! A quick and nutrient-dense way to start any day.
Does broccoli taste bad in smoothies?
In my experience, you can’t even taste the broccoli in this pineapple broccoli smoothie recipe. By pairing broccoli with creamy, tropical fruits like banana and pineapple, plus some sweet apple juice, the broccoli flavor is hardly noticeable. It adds a refreshing taste and mostly a satisfying green color that reminds me I’m sipping on sweet, veggie goodness!
Pineapple Broccoli Smoothie Ingredients
- Banana—A frozen banana adds natural sweetness and creaminess to this green smoothie. You can substitute with another frozen fruit, like mango or strawberries. Or use a frozen avocado for healthy fats instead!
- Frozen Pineapple—One of the naturally sweetest fruits, pineapple gives this smoothie an irresistibly sweet flavor. Or, you could try mango, peaches, or kiwi for an alternative.
- Greek Yogurt—I like the added protein boost of Greek yogurt, but feel free to use a dairy free yogurt if preferred.
- Apple Juice—A tasty and sweet liquid base for your broccoli smoothie! Instead, you could substitute with pineapple juice, coconut water, regular water, or milk of choice.
- Broccoli Florets—I prefer to use raw broccoli florets, finely chopped for easy blending. If preferred, you could also briefly steam your broccoli florets before blending. Just allow them to cool first!
Can you put raw broccoli in a smoothie? What about steamed broccoli?
Yes, I’ve made this broccoli smoothie with raw broccoli and with steamed broccoli, and both turn out tasty! In my experience, a smoothie with steamed broccoli has a slightly more noticeable flavor, but it’s still enjoyable. Also, some evidence suggests that boiling and heat exposure can destroy some vitamins and phytonutrients in broccoli. So, if you choose to steam, limit it to 3-4 minutes!
Is it safe to use frozen broccoli in smoothies?
Yes, you also have the option to use frozen broccoli in this green smoothie recipe. I prefer to use raw broccoli, but frozen broccoli tends to be just as nutritious because the vegetables are flash-frozen at their peak freshness. The benefits of frozen vegetables are they’re easy to store for longer time periods, and they can add some bulk and thickness to your broccoli smoothie!
Broccoli Smoothie Benefits
Based on its high density of micronutrients per calorie, broccoli is considered one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world. It’s part of the cruciferous vegetable family, with other nutritious foods like cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and leafy greens like kale. And cruciferous veggies are known for their powerful cancer-fighting compounds, called glucosinolates.
Sulforaphane is one of these cancer-fighting compounds, with a potent anti-inflammatory effect—and broccoli is one of the best sources! Along with other unique nutrients like indole-3-carbinol and kaempferol, broccoli is an antioxidizing, cancer-fighting powerhouse. And, it’s rich in loads of other antioxidants and micronutrients that support our bodies.
Just one cup of broccoli contains as much vitamin C as an orange! That means a healthy immune boost and additional antioxidant benefits. Also, broccoli offers bone-supporting vitamin K, folate for healthy cell growth, potassium for blood pressure control, and even some iron for healthy red blood cells.
What vegetables should I add to my smoothie?
If you’re looking for other vegetable smoothie ideas beyond broccoli, check out some of these other green smoothie recipes:
- 4-Ingredient Spinach Banana Smoothie
- Tropical Arugula Smoothie
- Simple Cucumber Smoothie
- Pineapple Kale Smoothie
See how to make this pineapple broccoli smoothie in my Green Veggie Smoothie Recipes video!
Sneaky Broccoli Smoothie Recipe
- 1 banana, frozen
- ½ cup frozen pineapple, peeled
- ½ cup Greek yogurt, (or dairy free)
- ½ cup apple juice
- 1 cup raw broccoli, finely chopped, (or steamed & cooled)
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve and enjoy!