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7 Healthy Plants to Grow for a Smoothie Garden

Basic Smoothie
Cook cutting fruit for a smoothie

Serves: 1 (double or triple for more servings)


INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup ice
  • 6 ounces yogurt or Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup milk or juice


INSTRUCTIONS:

Follow manufacturer’s instructions for your blender and add in any of the following vegetables, fruits and herbs.

Kale
A bowl full of kale leaves and stems

Power through your morning with the superfood goodness of kale. Remove stems and chop kale before blending. And remember that like many greens, kale grows sweeter after a frost.


Kale is easy to grow from seedlings in a fall garden. Learn more about gardening in autumn

Spinach
Bowl of spinach leaves

Spinach grows quickly from seed and loves sun. Sow seeds in successive plantings in containers on a porch or just outside the kitchen door for smoothies and salads throughout the fall and spring. Learn more about growing frost-hardy spinach in a fall garden. 

Swiss Chard
Swiss chard stems and leaves

Chard is one of the few greens that can tolerate both heat and cold. Try growing it in containers and keep it watered. Harvest leaves while young and tender; chop and toss in the blender for your smoothie.

Ginger
Ginger root with glass of orange juice

Use this spicy rhizome to add zip to recipes. It’s also known to help digestion. Grow ginger in a pot or trench in shade or partial shade in soil amended with lots of organic compost.


Read how to grow ginger from a root.

Carrots
Carrots and a glass of carrot juice

Add some beta-carotene sweetness to your smoothie with carrots. Carrots can be started from seed in spring or fall, and grow well in raised garden beds and containers. Discover how easy it is to grow carrots and other vegetables from seeds.

Mint
Mint leaves in a smoothie glass

A little sprig of mint atop your smoothie will finish the dish. Mint brightens flavors, adding zing to your smoothie concoction. In the garden, mint is easy to grow, but you must teach it boundaries or it will overtake your garden.


Here's how to keep mint in check: Place the mint in a container inside of a larger container filled with potting mix (you can add other herbs or flowers to the larger container). Every week or so, twist the container with the mint just a quarter-turn to break up any roots.

Blueberries
Blueberries in a bowl and a smoothie

Plant blueberry bushes in fall for superfood smoothies the next summer. Choose a sunny location because lots of sun equals more fruit. Learn more about growing blueberries.

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