This brilliant red smoothie might not be the typical sweet fruit drink you make in your blender. But a tomato smoothie is every bit as delicious, refreshing, and nutrient-dense as fruitier blended drinks. You can serve it up for breakfast to wake yourself up with a bit of spice or sip this drink as a filling snack to restore lagging energy. Whenever you enjoy it, this low-calorie, the umami-rich smoothie is full of the essential nutrients your body needs.
Nutritional Facts for Tomato Smoothies
Each serving of this nutrition-packed tomato smoothie contains the following nutritional information:
- 164 calories
- 6.5 grams of dietary fiber
- 1.3 grams of fat
- 4.4 grams of protein
- 138% of your daily intake of vitamin C
- 95% of your daily intake of vitamin A
Note that the above nutrition facts are calculated according to a smoothie made with unsweetened apple juice and tomato juice.
How to Make Tomato Smoothies
This is a fun and easy drink to make at home. You’ll need a high-speed blender and the following ingredients:
- ½ cup of unsweetened apple juice. This can be canned or jarred.
- ½ cup tomato juice. For the best nutritional intake, choose no salt or sugar-added tomato juice.
- Tomatoes. Chop them up a bit, so they’re easier to blend. Opt for red tomatoes that are heavy, shiny, and plump. The fruit should have a good amount of giving when gently squeezed. Yellow and orange tomatoes will also work and provide great nutritional benefits to this smoothie. However, the color of your drink may not be as vibrant.
- Carrots. Again, chop your carrots for easier blending. You can peel them if you like, but a thorough wash and scrub should be good to clean the carrots.
- Celery. Be sure to wash your celery stalks very well under cold water. There is often dirt hiding toward the bulb of the celery.
- Tabasco sauce. This gives a nice kick to your drink. Feel free to use your favorite brand of hot sauce and as much or as little as you like, depending on your spice preference.
Add all these ingredients to your blender and purée on high until the drink is bright red, smooth, and flavorful. Then taste and adjust the flavor with more hot sauce if you like. If the drink isn’t blending as smoothly as you’d like, you can add more liquid (apple juice or tomato juice) to make blending a little easier.
This bright red savory smoothie is packed with health benefits in the form of vitamins and minerals. Each ingredient adds a punch of flavor and nutrients to your day.
Health Benefits of Apple Juice
Apple juice, while not quite as nutritionally dense as a whole fresh piece of fruit, does add some important health benefits to this smoothie.
First of all, like most liquids, it supports proper hydration. The juice contains 88% water and plenty of plant-based antioxidants called polyphenols. The high water content actually makes apple juice a great choice for recovering from dehydration.
And the polyphenols are known to help fight off disease-causing free radicals. In doing so, they help protect your body from inflammation and chronic disease like cancer. For the best nutritional bang for your buck, choose organic apple juice. The less processed (and often cloudier) the liquid, the more polyphenols it contains.
Health Benefits of Tomatoes & Tomato Juice
Bright red, sweet, and full of umami flavor, tomatoes are a nutrition powerhouse. Technically a fruit, tomatoes are a great source of one powerful antioxidant: lycopene. Lycopene is shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. This compound is found in other red-colored vegetables and fruits as well.
In fact, this smoothie gets an extra dose of lycopene by including both fresh tomatoes and tomato juice. Studies show that there is often much more lycopene in processed tomato products than in fresh ones. This is because processed tomatoes are more highly concentrated. Fresh tomatoes, after all, contain 95% water.
Another benefit of eating red fruits is that they’re often packed with beta carotene. Tomatoes are no exception. This antioxidant is converted into vitamin A by your body. Vitamin A is essential for healthy vision, immune functioning, and reproductive health.
Tomatoes also offer potassium, a mineral that helps regulate blood pressure. High blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease, so eating a diet that keeps your blood pressure stable is important for lifelong heart health.
Health Benefits of Carrots
Another orange-hued vegetable, carrots, add nutritional benefits to this savory smoothie. In particular, carrots have a low glycemic index. This means that consuming carrots does not cause a blood sugar spike. The high fiber content in this vegetable helps regulate your blood sugar levels, fills you up, and supports healthy digestion.
Carrots are also a leading food source of beta carotene, which becomes vitamin A in your body. In this way, carrots are great for vision health and overall growth and development. Another powerful vitamin in carrots is known as biotin. This B vitamin helps your body metabolize fat and protein efficiently.
You’ll even find more lycopene in carrots, along with lutein. Lutein is an antioxidant that’s abundant in fresh carrots. It supports healthy eyes and vision.
Health Benefits of Celery
Celery is a very hydrating vegetable. In fact, it is made of almost 95% of water. The rest of this vegetable is primarily dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Importantly, celery provides magnesium. Magnesium is a mineral that supports healthy muscle and nerve functioning. Along with sodium and potassium, your body needs magnesium to move and communicate internally.
These minerals in celery also mean that the vegetable has an alkalizing effect on the body. This means that eating celery can neutralize the acidic foods you consume. Acidic foods like vinegar (in tabasco sauce), and even tomatoes, can cause digestive issues for some people. Acid also weakens the enamel on your teeth. So consuming alkalizing celery in conjunction with acidic foods is a great way to balance out the pH of your meal for a healthy digestive system and teeth.
This crunchy green veggie is also an anti-inflammatory. The veggie and its seeds contain 25 unique compounds that fight inflammation in the body. Inflammation is a leading symptom of chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Celery is also an excellent source of dietary fiber. One cup of chopped celery contains 5 grams of fiber. This essential macronutrient supports a healthy digestive system and helps move food through your gut. Eating a fiber-rich diet is also shown to help reduce feelings of hunger and cravings for unhealthy foods. With an afternoon stack of a tomato smoothie, you can hold sugary cravings at bay and boost your natural energy levels to avoid the 3 pm slump.
This frothy smoothie is best straight after blending. If your ingredients are cold, the drink should be nice and chilled. However, if it’s not at the right temperature for you, you can pop the blended drink into the fridge to chill for a few minutes.
If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. If the drink has separated while it’s in the fridge, pour it back into the blender for a quick blitz.
For the individual ingredients, follow these simple storage tips:
- Keep opened bottles or cans of apple or tomato juice in the fridge, covered. Use within seven days of opening the container.
- Tomatoes should be stored at room temperature on the counter. You can keep them in the dark drawer to speed up the ripening process. An apple or banana will also help encourage the fruit to ripen.
- Carrots and celery will stay freshest if stored in the crisper drawer in your fridge. Any cut vegetables should be well-wrapped and kept in the fridge.
- Most tabasco sauces are meant to be stored in the fridge. Read the label on the bottle for best practices.
This savory tomato smoothie might not be your typical fruity drink made in a blender. But it’s a surprisingly delicious, nutrient-packed drink that’s another fantastic reason to bring out the blender. Whether you start your day on a savory note or enjoy this smoothie as an afternoon pick-me-up, your body will thank you for the influx of nutrients with every sip.
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½ cup of unsweetened apple juice. This can be canned or jarred
½ cup tomato juice. For the best nutritional intake, choose no salt or sugar-added tomato juice
A few red tomatoes
- Mix everything together