After a whole week of drinking cabbage and beet smoothies in various combinations, I’m ready to move on.

I decided to try broccoli rabe in a smoothie.

This is not a green that I use very often, so why not try it with some juicy fruit and see what happens. I’m also experimenting with adding beans to smoothies to create more filling, meal replacement recipes – but if this is too much for you, feel free to skip the chickpeas in the recipe.

Here is a recipe I just tried this morning that turned out quite tasty and filling.

Broccoli Rabe Smoothie with Garbanzo Beans

Broccoli Rabe Smoothie with Garbanzo Beans


  • 2 cups broccoli rabe
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1 cup mango, frozen
  • 1 cup strawberries, fresh (or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup avocado
  • 1 cup garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  • 2 cups water
  • Optional
  • 1 grapefruit - it will add tartness to the smoothie, so skip it if you prefer a sweeter smoothie
  • 2 packets of stevia, or other sweetener to taste


  1. Blend all ingredients on high until very smooth.

1 cup of chickpeas (garbanzo beans, bengal gram) add 269 calories to this smoothie, plus 15 grams of protein!

Chickpeas are also a great source of Dietary Fiber, Protein and Copper, and an excellent source of Folate and Manganese. 1 cup of chickpeas satisfies over 70% of daily folate requirement.

Broccoli Rabe Green Smoothie

Broccoli Rabe Green Smoothie

For all my blending recipes I use Vitamix. If you don’t already own a VitaMix, I strongly encourage you to check out what this machine is capable of! For more information about VitaMix you can go directly to the VitaMix website. You may also want to read my post about the Best Blender.

I LOVE my VitaMix and highly recommend investing in one if you are ready to make serious changes to your diet. I have had mine for almost 5 years and use it daily!

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The Making of Green Smoothie: Inside of my Vitamix

The Making of Green Smoothie: Inside of my Vitamix

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