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Carrot Smoothie


Blending up veggies is a great way to add more plant-based goodness. This Carrot Smoothie provides one full serving of veggies.
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If you’d told me when I started drinking green smoothies that I would be adding other veggies beside kale or spinach into my smoothies, I’d have told you you were crazy! But the more you drink green smoothies, the more your body starts to crave veggies.

I like to eat my veggies too, but I like adding extra to my smoothies for added nutrition and fiber.

Carrots are a good place to start if you’re looking to add other veggies into your smoothies. This Carrot Smoothie includes vitamin C-rich strawberries and pineapple that pair well with the earthy carrot.

What Are The Health Benefits of Carrots?

You were probably told as a child, as I was, that eating carrots would help your eyesight, particularly night vision or being able to see in dim light. And it’s true! Though now we look at screens so much that advice is changing. 😉

Carrots contain beta carotene, the precursor of vitamin A, which helps eyesight, but also helps maintain healthy bones, teeth, soft tissues and mucus membranes, and skin. Vitamin A aids collagen production which can help repair damaged skin.

It turns out that eating too many carrots may have an unwanted side effect. Too much beta carotene in your diet can make your skin take on an orange hue!

Is It Healthier To Eat Raw or Cooked Carrots?

It’s important to have a diet rich in raw and cooked vegetables. Is one better than the other? Not necessarily.

Cooking makes food easier to eat because the cell walls become softer and less rigid making it easier for the body to absorb the nutrients. Cooked carrots also have more beta carotene than raw. Some of the vitamin C in carrots is lost during cooking, but it’s easily remedied by consuming plenty of foods that contain vitamin C.

Raw carrots are great for snacking. I prefer raw carrots in my smoothies. They can be hard on blender blades, so always be sure to chop or grate the carrots first. (Need a blender recommendation? Be sure to check out this post!)

But as far as nutrition goes, as long as you’re eating veggies, it doesn’t matter if they are raw or cooked. They’re good for you either way!

I’d love to know if you’ve ever blended with carrots. Let me know in the comments!

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Carrot Smoothie

  • Author: Jen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drinks, breakfast
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Description

I know…carrots?! First time I was like, ummm…no thanks. Yet they are so delicious in this and give it a sweet unique undertone that you begin to crave.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 cup coconut water, unsweetened
  • 1/2 large carrot
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup pineapple

Instructions

  1. Blend spinach and coconut water together until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend again.

Notes

  • Use at least one frozen fruit to make the smoothie cold or serve over ice.
  • Can chop and steam carrots to make them easier to blend, or leave them raw.

Keywords: carrot smoothie, green smoothie

Carrot Smoothie

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  1. Lolita Wallace

    January 22nd, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Pretty good! The strawberry and pineapple did a good job of camouflaging the carrot!

  2. Marion

    January 22nd, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    First time for using carrots in a smoothie for breakfast but I didn’t mind a bit. I love carrots and they didn’t make the smoothie taste weird at all (like I thought it would!)

  3. Kelly

    January 22nd, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Never in my life would I think to put these ingredients together but I am sure glad you did! I love the flavor that the carrot brings to this recipe. My new fave!

  4. Kathryn

    January 22nd, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    This smoothie is so yummy! I love the idea of adding carrots to a smoothie. It came out a bit grainy due to put the carrots into the blender in fairly large pieces, so will have to try grating them next time.

  5. Kathryn

    January 22nd, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    With 5 stars!

  6. Tanya

    January 23rd, 2019 at 2:48 am

    Yumo, love your recipes, so simple and tasty, I am a convert, would love the book!!

  7. Rebecca Knievel

    January 23rd, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Who knew? I’ve juiced carrots but never smoothies them with strawberries and pineapple. I love veggies in my smoothies so will try more carrot and less fruit next time, but very tasty!

  8. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 21st, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Hey Rebecca,

    Glad we got you to try something new!!

    Yay for more veggies in your smoothie 🙂

  9. Julie

    January 23rd, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Very interesting with carrots.

  10. Katie Gehrke

    January 23rd, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    I never would’ve thought of this combo on my own. It was very tasty!!

  11. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 21st, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Hey Katie,

    Love that we got you to try something new!!!

    Happy blending 🙂

  12. Bonnie

    January 23rd, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Loved this one!! Super tasty and who knew carrots could go into a smoothie!!

  13. Sandra S

    January 24th, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Not a fan of the Carrot in a smoothie. I love carrot ginger juice. Adding almond milk was the deal breaker for me.

  14. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 21st, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Hey Sandra,

    You could always try it again with a different nut milk and see if that is better for you!

  15. Cecily

    January 24th, 2019 at 11:33 am

    I love adding carrots into my smoothies and this one was a good one for sure! It’s a keeper in my book!

  16. tiffany

    January 24th, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Much to my surprise the carrots were great in this smoothie, it was quite refreshing!

  17. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 21st, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Hey Tiffany,

    That’s awesome! So happy we were able to surprise you with this recipe 🙂

    Cheers!

  18. Mireille

    January 24th, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Delicious. I love the combo of veggies and fruits in a smoothie, but not a fan of coconut water. Thankfully, it tasted great with filtered water.

  19. Lorraine Kgosidintsi

    January 31st, 2019 at 9:54 am

    I had never imagined carrots could blend so well. WOW! And taste even good. I loved it.

  20. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 21st, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Hey Lorraine,

    Yay for trying new ingredients with your smoothie!

    Happy blending!!

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