Made with healthy fruits and vegetables and Greek yogurt for protein, this Arugula Smoothie is a perfect way to start your day if you don’t have a breakfast sweet tooth.Jump to Recipe
This arugula smoothie is a perfect way to start the day! I absolutely love a good smoothie for breakfast – it gets you out the door quickly and with a minimum of fuss. They’re also generally pretty healthy and leave you feeling full for hours if you make them with enough protein and fiber.
I absolutely adore a fruit smoothie, but sometimes you just want a nice green drink to get your day started right, and this arugula smoothie is perfect for that.
Why should you make this smoothie?
- It’s a healthy way to start the day
- Green things just make you feel lighter and ready to go, you know?
- It’s full of healthy fruits and veggies to get your day started on the right foot!
- It’s an easy grab and go breakfast that you can make in under 5 minutes.
- If you’re not someone who likes sweets for breakfast, this is a great alternative!
Other Delicious Smoothie Recipes
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Green apple
- Frozen or fresh pineapple
- Honey (optional)
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Flavor: this smoothie has a slight peppery flavor thanks to the arugula in it. It’s absolutely delicious, but if you’re sensitive to that, you can use a different green or add some honey or another sweetener to offset that flavor.
Texture: thick and rich, just like any good smoothie should be.
Ease: this one requires to pre-chopping and slicing of the kiwi and apple, but overall it’s still incredibly easy to make. You don’t even have to peel the apples!
Tips and Tricks:
When you make a smoothie, start by blending together the softest ingredients first. In this case, you’ll want to blend the water, yogurt, arugula and kiwi first before adding the apple, pineapple and ice.
Using frozen pineapple means you can use less ice, which keeps the smoothie from tasting more watered down.
If you want a creamier smoothie, add half of a peeled and pitted avocado. It also adds a ton of healthy fats!
Arugula Vs. Rocket? Arugula and rocket are actually the same thing. In the states, we refer to it as arugula, and in Europe it’s referred to as Rocket. It’s also sometimes called roquette.
What is a good arugula substitute? If you aren’t a huge fan of the peppery taste of arugula, you could absolutely use baby spinach or baby kale in its place for a less noticeable greens taste.
What other sweeteners can I use? Like any smoothie, you can substitute the honey for maple syrup, or a simple syrup. Either one will change the flavor a little bit, but not in a hugely noticeable way.
Can this be made dairy free? Absolutely! Either leave the yogurt out altogether (substitute avocado for creaminess) or use your favorite non-dairy yogurt!
Do you need to use ice? Not if you don’t want to! The ice serves a few purposes – it keeps the smoothie cold and helps thicken it up. If you use frozen fruit, that will help with the coldness, but the smoothie wont be quite as thick.
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Easy Arugula Smoothie
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 cup arugula
- 1 kiwi chopped
- 1 green apple chopped
- ½ cup frozen pineapple
- 5-10 ice cubes
- 1-2 teaspoon of honey
- In a blender add the water, yogurt, arugula, and kiwi and blend until smooth.
- Add the green apple, pineapple, and ice cubes and blend.
- Taste and add honey as needed.
Thanks for the recipe. It was easy to make. However, the taste of arugula is strong and not too pleasant in smoothie form. I guess I prefer kale or spinach in smoothies and I’ll keep arugula for salads. Thank you!
The arugula can definitely be strong, and it's not for everyone! I'm glad you gave it a try though!