Crazy for Carrots

Crazy-Carrots

Run out of ideas for what else to do with these crunchy orange beauties other than eating them raw and tossing them into salads? We love this underdog veggie for their crunch factor and how they pack a nutritional punch.  Carrots are full of vitamins and minerals which are good for your health and your green smoothies.

We love adding carrots to our green smoothies for the health factor and we also think carrots make our green smoothies taste great. We usually add raw sliced carrots to our blenders but we know that sometimes blenders just can’t take the heat from blending up their fibrous, crunchy goodness.

If you’ve tried adding raw carrots to your hard-working machine and it just can’t get past those chunky little bits, then this one’s for you.

 

Roasted carrots in green smoothies

The magic in the oven turns hard fibrous carrots into sweet and caramelized goodness. This magic trick might be the thing your lovely blender is asking for.

If you want to find out how to perfectly roast this root vegetable click here

Keep roasted carrots in a sealed container in the refrigerator and you can add a handful of roasted carrots to your smoothies all week long.


Quick Tip** You can also steam chopped carrots for about 5-10 minutes as a quick and easy way to add them to your green smoothies while being kind and gentle to your blender.



5 reasons we are crazy for carrots

1. Kick Cancers A** : The chemical compounds in carrots have shown to decrease the risk of certain cancers and other chronic illnesses.

2. Fountain of Youth: With carrots’ high amounts of antioxidants, they are a great all-nautral anti-aging veggie.

3. Eye Like You: Carrots are high in Vitamin A, which help protect the health of your eyes — helping you see for years to come.

4. All Natural Toothbrush: That’s right. By chomping on these bad boys, they help clean your teeth and gums — no toothpaste required.

5. Easy on the Wallet: Available in most areas all year round, carrots are one of the cheapest veggies you can find in the produce section, which helps you keep more of your hard-earned moolah.

 

 

And here’s 3 yummy carrot green smoothie recipes just for you…

BEG-LUCK-RECIPE




We are lovers of all things leafy green— especially spinach. And this extremely creamy green smoothie is no exception.
BEGINNER’S LUCK WITH TOPS
Serves 2
1 ½ cups spinach, fresh
2 carrots, include leaf tops
2 cups water
1 cup mango
1 cup pineapple
1 banana


Blend spinach, carrot tops and water first until smooth. Then add the remaining ingredients and blend again.





instagram_carrotcake



Carrot cake? Yes, Please! Want a piece of carrot cake but don’t want the guilt factor that goes along with it? Then try this recipe! It’ll knock your socks off and there won’t be an ounce of guilt after you finish the entire glass!
 

SHAUNA’S CARROT CAKE
Serves 2
2 cups spinach, fresh
1 ½ cups coconut milk
2 carrots
½ inch piece ginger
2 pears
1 cup pineapple
1 banana


Blend spinach and coconut milk first until smooth. Then add the remaining ingredients and blend again.






Immunity-Booster




Feeling a sniffle or cold coming on? Then reach for this blast of immunity lovin’ in a glass. It tastes amazing and might just help you get past that cold a day or two quicker.
VITAMIN C IMMUNITY BOOSTER
Serves 2
2 cups spinach, fresh
½ cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
1 cup water
1 banana
1/4 cup carrots
2 cups strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries


Blend spinach, orange juice and water until smooth. Then add the remaining ingredients and blend again.

 

 

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24 Responses to “Crazy for Carrots”

  1. Shirley Stapleton 10.29.2014 at 5:28 am #

    After roasting the carrots, can they be frozen? Or does that defeat the purpose?

    Thanks…and I love your site!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.29.2014 at 10:44 am #

      Hey Shirley.

      Thanks for the question. I have roasted bananas and then frozen them, it worked out great. I haven’t tried carrots yet, but I am sure it will work out great too. :)

  2. Janet 10.9.2014 at 12:31 pm #

    Can you boil the carrots for a few mnts? or steam them is better?

  3. Stacy 10.8.2014 at 11:15 am #

    Should I peel the carrots first?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.9.2014 at 6:44 am #

      Yes, please peel your carrots. :)

  4. Kathy 8.7.2014 at 9:59 am #

    Just curious… Are the recipes on this page calling for roasted carrots or raw? I’ve been using raw and love Shauna’s carrot cake recipe. I add a tsp of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice per serving. Super spicy healthy treat for an awesome breakfast or lunch.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.7.2014 at 1:33 pm #

      Hey Kathy!

      Shauna’s carrot cake is FABULOUS! :)

  5. LINDA 6.19.2014 at 7:50 pm #

    Do the smoothie recipe cards or the 30 day challenge include all of these vegetable ones also?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 6.20.2014 at 10:09 am #

      Neither of the products include these recipes at this time, Linda.

  6. Chris 6.14.2014 at 1:05 pm #

    Hi! I was “googling” CARROT SMOOTHIES and came across your site. Yay! After reading your post, I decided to pull out my food processor and shred some carrots to add to my smoothies. I’m happy with the results – they blended in perfectly and grating/shredding them seems like a good solution for those of us with standard blenders (not Vitamix, etc). Thanks for all the great info you provide here!

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 6.16.2014 at 1:07 pm #

      Awesome! Glad it worked well, Chris.

  7. Ron 5.26.2014 at 8:27 am #

    The pineapple was very stringy. I’m using a Magic Bullet blender.

    • Christel 7.1.2014 at 6:59 am #

      I had the same problem with my Magic Bullet. I loved that little thing. I used it for years. I just replaced it (all the cups tabs were breaking off and it wasn’t blending as well at it once did. Just was getting too old) with a NutriNinja Pro. Now I no longer have strings of pineapple. So all that to say I think it just doesn’t have the power to break up those fibers. Maybe the ladies here have an easy fix. Good Luck!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.28.2014 at 6:16 am #

      Hey Ron,

      Pineapple can be stringy, try blending it first with only the liquids. Then add the rest of your ingredients.

  8. Lanai 4.1.2014 at 1:06 pm #

    Just came up with a great smoothie for a carrot smoothie this morning. Soo yummy. I love carrot juice!

    http://nossacompany.com/2014/04/01/carrot-smoothie-recipe/

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.2.2014 at 10:34 am #

      Thanks for sharing, Lanai!

  9. Stephanie 3.16.2014 at 3:30 pm #

    Can we use raw carrots?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 3.17.2014 at 8:26 am #

      Absolutely, Stephanie!

  10. Jane 12.7.2013 at 10:56 pm #

    Can you cook them in microwave?

    • Jadah and Jen 12.8.2013 at 6:46 pm #

      You can microwave, Jane, but we don’t recommend it. Roasting or steaming are better cooking options :-)

  11. Jane 12.7.2013 at 10:55 pm #

    Can you cook them in the microwave?

  12. Michelle Sawtelle 11.21.2013 at 5:09 am #

    I don’t have time to roast carrots and my blender is too cranky to handle raw carrots but I’ve been using Bolthouse Farm 100% carrot juice instead. It is sold in the produce section of my grocery store. I love it!

    • Leah 12.3.2013 at 3:18 pm #

      Those packaged drinks are just sugar they don’t have the antioxidants or other goodies that are in homemade smoothies unless they are cold pressed

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