Blending up veggies is a great way to add more plant-based goodness. This Carrot Smoothie provides one full serving of veggies.
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!Print
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.
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 1 cup coconut water, unsweetened
- 1/2 large carrot
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- 1/2 cup pineapple
- Blend spinach and coconut water together until smooth.
- Add remaining ingredients and blend again.
- 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