Even the best healthy vegetarian recipes can sometimes be a bit bland but this is not a concern with this really tasty tomato juice smoothie.
But first: If, like me, you believe that the tomato is a vegetable we are both wrong. The tomato is, in fact, a fruit. I guess what family it is really doesn’t matter that much because wherever they fit, tomatoes are a great source of many types of nutrition plus being very tasty.
Lycopene, an important antioxidant in the struggle against cancer is probably the best known tomato based health benefit. Our bodies do not produce this antioxidant and se we must get it from food sources and tomatoes are the only source.
Besides Lycopene, tomatoes are extremely low in calories, saturated fat and have no cholesterol. They do have quite a bit of dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Something else that I didn’t know is that tomatoes are about 93-95% water, which is a higher ratio than the watermelon.
This tomatoes and juice smoothie combines tomatoes and some other good stuff. The result is an interesting combinations of flavors and spice that is a great eye-opener.
In your blender, combine and then mix.
- 3 cups tomatoes, chopped
- 1 cup V8 or Tomato juice
- 1 cup carrots, sliced and scrubbed
- 1 cup chopped celery, stalk only
- 1 cup celery, chopped
- 1 tsp chopped fresh onion, onion powder or onion flakes
- 1 tsp Chia seed (optional)
- Ice to taste
If you would like this recipe a bit more spicy, add horseradish and/or tabasco and serve with a slice of lemon and celery stalk.