Apple Carrot Smoothie blends the sweetness of apple and banana with carrots to mellow out the power of turmeric for a healthful morning drink.
Start your day off right with four servings of fresh fruits and vegetables, as your day is just getting started! You'll feel more energetic for it. Hopefully, you'll get more veggies throughout the day, perhaps in a fresh salad or yummy vegetable side, but at least you will have had these.
- Carrots - Use small to medium fresh carrots, scrubbed or peeled depending on their condition.
- Coconut Milk - A nice thick canned coconut milk like Thai Kitchen Organic Coconut Milk is best.
- Ginger - I peel my ginger. If you're using organic ginger, you may not need to peel it.
- Turmeric - Turmeric is valuable for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. You may want to increase the amount to a whole teaspoon, once you build up a taste for it.
- Black Pepper - Black pepper enhances the absorption of curcumin, the key ingredient in turmeric.
See recipe card for quantities.
Simply pop all of the ingredients into a blender.
Blend it all up until it's smooth and creamy. Use the Smoothie setting, if you have one.
Hint: Depending on the power of your blender, you may or may not need to cut up the chunks of fruits and vegetables smaller for them to blend smoothly.
Carrots and apples contain antioxidants, so they are helpful in preventing cancer and heart disease. Their fibre helps to keep blood sugar under control, lowering the risk of diabetes. Both are most beneficial when consumed raw, and the more the better.
Turmeric's inflammation-fighting properties may make it useful for fighting off viral infections, Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, and cancer. It also shows potential in battling depression and type 2 diabetes.
If you don't have coconut milk, you may substitute it with more water. I do recommend making the smoothie with coconut milk, though, as it adds a nice flavour dimension.
I start you off with just a half teaspoon of turmeric in this recipe. As you get used to the taste, you may wish to increase it to a full teaspoon for more of a nutritional punch.
A high-speed blender works best for making a really smooth smoothie of fruits and vegetables. I like my Blendtec. Its five-sided Wildside jar keep chunks tossed into the centre towards the blades for complete processing.
If you don't drink all of your smoothie right away, store the leftovers in a covered glass jar in the refrigerator for up to a few hours. Give it a good shake or stir before you finish it off.
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Apple Carrot Smoothie
- 1 high-speed blender
- ½ cup coconut milk (canned)
- ½ cup water
- 2 small carrots scrubbed and tops cut off
- 1 apple cored
- 1 banana peeled
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
- 1 inch fresh ginger root from a small end
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
- dash ground black pepper
- Cut the apple, peeled banana, and carrots into large chunks.
- Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and purée until smooth. Use the Smoothie setting, if your blender has one.
- I suggest starting with less turmeric and building up to one teaspoon in this smoothie if you like a stronger taste.