Smoothies featuring arugula

Spicy Arugula Smoothie

Spicy Arugula SmoothieIf you dig the peppery, spicy flavor of arugula then you’re going to love this smoothie. If you’re not a fan of arugula then I suggest finding another healthy smoothie to kick-start your day with.

Arugula is one of my favorite greens. I get excited like a kid in a candy store when it’s available through my local CSA. I typically combine arugula with other greens to make a spicy salad mix, and occasionally toss it into my blender to spice up my smoothie.

Besides being decidedly delicious, arugula offers some fantastic health benefits.

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Avocado Arugula Green Smoothie

Avocado Arugula Green Smoothie

Nothing like loading up the old Blendtec with green leafy goodness :)

Arugula is an underrated “super green”, in my opinion. It took me a while to warm up to its bitter and almost peppery taste, but now I consume it regularly and love making arugula green smoothies.

What’s so special about this cruciferous vegetable also known as salad or garden rocket? Here are a few of the top health benefits attributed to arugula.

Vitamins Galore

Arugula is high in vitamins A and C, which are potent antioxidants and boost the immune system. Vitamin K, which is good for the brain and helps the body absorb calcium, thus promoting bone health. And the B vitamins, especially folate, the natural source of folic acid.

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Arugula Green Smoothie

Arugula Green SmoothieTired of the same old spinach or kale green smoothie? Mix things up with arugula. Arugula has a strong bitter or almost peppery taste, a result of the alkaloids, or plant medicine it contains.

Arugula is classified as a cruciferous vegetable along with broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, collard greens, and others. This class of vegetables are renowned for their protection against cancer. Here are the top health benefits attributed to arugula and most cruciferous vegetables in general.

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