You’d never guess that this tasty smoothie contains three different vegetables! This is an easy way to start your day with a few servings of veggies!

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Tips for the Perfect Smoothie

  • To make your smoothie extra thick, freeze the banana before blending. If you don’t have a high-powered blender, slice the banana before freezing so it’ll be easier to blend!
  • If you have trouble blending your smoothie, add an extra splash of almond milk to get things moving. Add a little bit at a time until it begins to blend. Adding too much liquid will water down the smoothie.
  • Still struggling with your blender? Read my tips for getting the best results from your blender!
This chocolate strawberry smoothie bowl is like having dessert for breakfast! It's sweet, chocolatey, and healthy!

How to Make a Smoothie Bowl

If you want to turn this drink into a smoothie bowl, reduce the amount of milk and add 1/2 cup of ice cubes. This will help create a thicker smoothie. You do need a powerful blender in order to blend everything smoothly. Here are my tips for getting the best results from your blender and here are additional tips on how to make a super thick smoothie.

Ingredients & Substituions

  • Cauliflower– I used frozen cauliflower because it’s easy to keep on hand and it helps make the smoothie extra thick. But if you have fresh cauliflower you can use that too.
  • Zucchini– I recommend shredding the zucchini before adding it, but if you have a powerful blender you can add chunks. This can be fresh or frozen.
  • Spinach– You can use kale instead of spinach but be sure to remove the stems, which are too tough and bitter to blend. I recommend reducing the amount of kale since it can add a bitter flavor if you add too much.
  • Raspberries– Frozen raspberries give this a lovely sweet and tart flavor. You can substitute the raspberries with other berries if you like. Strawberries work great in this recipe!
  • Almond milk– I used almond milk but you can use dairy milk or soy milk if you want to add more protein.
  • Protein powder– If I want to make this into a meal, I’ll add 1/2 scoop of Clean Simple Eats Vanilla protein powder.

Variations & Additions

If you want to add more protein, you can add 1/2 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt. You could also substitute with almond milk yogurt if you wanted to make this smoothie vegan, but keep in mind that vegan yogurt typically doesn’t have as much protein. Another option is to add silken tofu like in my tofu smoothie!

Feel free to add protein powder if you want to turn this into more of a meal. I recommend using a scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder. If your protein powder is sweetened, you may want to use plain yogurt instead of vanilla so the smoothie isn’t too sweet.

Hidden Veggie Smoothie

Are Smoothies Healthy?

They can be, but it really depends on what you’re adding to your smoothie. If they’re filled with fruit and nothing else, you might be hungry shortly after you drink your smoothie. That’s why I like adding a little almond butter for healthy fats and a bit of protein. I also like adding a little protein powder to make it more satisfying. But in general, as long as you’re not adding loads of sugar, most smoothies are a good way to start the day!

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Hidden Veggie Smoothie

Hidden Veggie Smoothie

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  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


You’d never guess that this tasty smoothie contains three different vegetables! This is an easy way to start your day with a few servings of veggies!


Units Scale
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 frozen very ripe banana
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)


  1. Add the almond milk, spinach, cauliflower, and zucchini to a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Add the raspberries and banana and continue to blend until smooth.