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Veg-and-Fruit Smoothie Featuring Flaxseed

Yields about 4 cups

Having a difficult time eating more vegetables? Try drinking them! Drinking green smoothies, which pair green vegetables with juicy fruits, is a simple and inexpensive way to increase your vegetable (and fruit) intake. The following smoothie recipe pairs nutrient-packed baby spinach and refreshing cucumber with creamy banana and sweet mango to create a luscious green drink that will delight your body as well as your palate. Ground flaxseed, which is packed with minerals and omega-3 fatty acids, is added to the mix to further boost its nutritional value.

Veg and Fruit Smoothie with Flaxseed


  • 1 mango
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • ½ cup crushed ice (optional)


  • Rinse the baby spinach leaves, and peel the mango and banana. You can also peel the cucumber for a silkier smoothie, but if you want to maximize the nutrient content of this veg-and-fruit smoothie, leave the peel on, and only rinse the cucumber.
  • Remove the stone from the mango, and cut all the fruits and cucumber into large chunks.
  • Place all the ingredients in a high-powered blender, such as a Vitamix or the Breville VBL060, and process until smooth. Serve immediately.

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