Frankly, I don’t immediately associate breakfast with vegetables. I’m more of an oatmeal or an egg-and-cheese sandwich kind of girl, and while both of those are good options, they’re not exactly brimming with greens (not my egg sandwiches, anyway). Usually the only way I can stomach veggies in the A.M. is if I don’t realize they’re there, which is why I love smoothies. Luckily, smoothies are quick to throw together and easy to drink on the go—on busy days, a smoothie is sometimes my saving grace. And, because there are so many possible smoothie ingredients, it’s possible to drink them often without getting totally bored.
Start by making these 9 recipes, which each have at least two servings of vegetables. The USDA recommends that women get five servings of vegetables per day, a serving being a cup of leafy greens or a half-cup of other vegetables. Start the morning with one of these smoothies, and you’re almost halfway there! They use things like zucchini, cauliflower, and spinach, all of which have mild, maskable flavors, so they don’t taste like you’re drinking a cup full of blended vegetables. And they also take advantage of things like beets and carrots, two veggies that have a natural sweetness that makes them great to pair with fruit, nut butters, and anything else you want to put in a smoothie.