Tomato Smoothie - A Smart Snack or Super-charged Brekkie Blend

I love eating tomatoes but I’m not so fond of drinking them.  So coming up with some tomato smoothie recipes that didn’t taste too much like tomato juice was a challenge.  The trick seemed to be to either turn them into a Bloody Mary without the alcohol, or add fruit as a sweetener.  They are a fruit after all and as a child I can remember my mother sprinkling them with sugar to entice us to eat them, declaring they were “so good for us”.

When making smoothies, the vine-ripened heritage ones have the most flavor.  I love to use smaller varieties, such as cherry tomatoes.  These are small and dainty and have a delightfully sweet flavor that can be paired with fruit such as mango and berries. 

Nutrition

Tomatoes are high in lycopene and glutathione, two powerful antioxidants.  Research suggests tomatoes are thought to reduce the risk of many cancers.  Lycopene is also thought to help maintain mental and physical functions and is absorbed by the body more efficiently when tomatoes are juiced or cooked. 

Tomatoes also provide iron, potassium, fiber and a host of B vitamins.

Buying and Storing

Tomatoes are best bought fresh when in season.  Look for fruit that is heavy, with a firm skin, dark color and an earthy aroma.  Avoid anything with bruises or that looks decayed. 

Fresh tomatoes that have a bright red color will keep for two or three days at room temperature.  When almost overripe, store tomatoes in the refrigerator for only one or two more days.  Unripe tomatoes can be placed in a paper bag to hasten the ripening process.

How to Use in Smoothies

Tomatoes can be added to smoothies by using tomato juice or whole tomatoes.  The skin and seeds will blend up quite finely and do not need to be removed.

Hot Tomato Smoothie

hot tomato smoothie spiced with Tabasco

Ingredients
 
½ cup apple juice
½ cup tomato juice
1 ½ cups chopped tomatoes
2/3 cup chopped carrot
2/3 cup chopped celery
½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce

How to Make

Blend all ingredients together until smooth.  Pour into your favorite glasses and enjoy.


Tomato Carrot Smoothie

tomato carrot smoothie

Ingredients

2 tomatoes, quartered
1 grated carrot
½ red bell pepper, cut into chunks
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ cup tomato juice
1 teaspoon turmeric

How to Make

Add the tomatoes, carrot, red bell pepper, lemon juice, tomato juice and turmeric to your blender.  Whizz everything together until well blended.

Pour into your favorite glasses.


Tomato Beet Smoothie

tomato beet smoothie with fresh basil

Ingredients

1 whole cooked beet
½ cucumber, sliced
1 cup tomato juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

How to Make

Blend together the cooked beet, cucumber, tomato juice, chopped basil, ground cumin and cayenne pepper.

Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy.


Tomato Mango Smoothie

tomato mango smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup frozen mango pieces
4 cherry tomatoes
½ avocado
1 cup orange juice
½ inch piece of grated ginger

How to Make

Whizz together the mango pieces, cherry tomatoes, avocado, orange juice and grated ginger in a blender until smooth.

This will make two smaller glasses.




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