Root Vegetable Greens and Strawberry Smoothie

By Alysha Melnyk

~Author Notes~

Anyone else quick to throw away or compost those root vegetable greens because you don’t exactly know how to use them? I was personally guilty of doing that for years. Yet the greens are a vital part of the vegetable, packed with flavor and nutrients that make a terrific addition to a variety of dishes.

I love these greens because they are very “earthy” in flavor. This specific recipe uses a mixture of green tops from radishes and hakurei turnips. I blend these greens with strawberries to cut some of the natural bitterness, but the result is a smooth, earthy flavor that is incredibly energizing and refreshing.

I recommend if you are hesitant to try this combination that you use half root vegetable greens/ half spinach (milder in flavor) or maybe some additional fruits/natural sweetener. I always enjoy smoothies as a refreshing way to hydrate and get additional nutrients during the day.

Enjoy!

Serves 1

Ingredients

1 Cup Root Vegetable Greens 1 Cup Ice Cubes

1/2 Cup Fresh Strawberries

1/4 Cup Milk, Water or Dairy Alternative

1/4 Cup Yogurt or Yogurt Alternative (I used raspberry greek yogurt from Conebella Farm for added sweetness)

Optional: 1 Tablespoon Honey or Natural Sweetener of Choice and additional toppings (I used honey, granola, additional strawberry and cacao nibs)

Directions

1. Combine all ingredients (root vegetable greens, fresh strawberries, milk/milk alternative, yogurt/yogurt alternative, ice cubes and sweetener (if using) into a blender.

2. Blend until smooth in texture.

3. Pour and enjoy cold with additional toppings of choice.

Enjoy!

Alysha Melnyk is the Founder and Content Creator of The Kitchenologist©, a food blog dedicated to healthy eating and kitchen experiments. Melnyk combined her background in biology with her passion for making food delicious, eye-catching, and accessible. When she’s not cooking in the kitchen or dreaming up a recipe, Melnyk works full time as an Implementation Specialist at ECRI, an international medical nonprofit located suburban Philadelphia that is dedicated to improving patient safety worldwide. Melnyk finds her many career passions revolve around the power of knowledge and that equipping people with the right tools and resources will help them make better informed decisions.