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The humble carrot is something of a super hero of both vegetables and fruits. No other offers as much carotene as do carrots. The carrot also provides vitamins B and C as well as A. Other properties include Calcium, Potassium, dietary fiber, and small amounts of Copper, Phosphorous, Iron, and Magnesium. They have -0- fat, -0- Cholesterol and just thirty calories.

Carrots can also be used successfully in many smoothie recipes, and not only veggie smoothies. Here, we mix a couple of different fruits with a carrot and end up with a very tasty and really nutritious smoothie. I think this recipe is best in the afternoon but it will be a good start to the day as well.

For an even larger nutrition boost, add a tablespoon of Chia seed to the mix. Chia has no real taste of its own so it won’t be noticeable in the outcome and it offers a lot of nutrition benefits on its own. Chia contains a lot of omega-3 fatty acids, even more than flax seed. And, unlike flax, Chia doesn’t need to be ground before use. Including Chia will also bring fiber, and minerals including manganese, calcium, Iron, and niacin

Enjoy!

1 carrot peeled and sliced
1 fresh peach seeded
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt
1 Tbsp. Chia seed

Carrot and Mixed Fruit Smoothie

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