Carrots are one of those veggies that are available throughout the year which means you can enjoy this green carrot smoothie anytime you want. And I mean “green” in the nutritional sense, not the color of the carrots!
All that said, it is true that “going green for locally grown carrots which are in season during the summer and early fall are most often more flavorful so plan your green carrot smoothies accordingly!
Nutritionally, carrots are a powerhouse of vitamin A, a cup provides over 400% of the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance). Carrots also offer vitamins K, C, B6, B3, B2, and E. Other healthy stuff includes potassium, manganese, and phosphorus. And, of course, we shouldn’t forget the antioxidant nutrient that took its name from the vegetable: beta-carotene.
I hope I don’t get too deep into the weeds here but newer nutritional studies that concentrated on nutritional elements other than the carotenoids called polyacetylenes. At least one major study carried out over a 10 year span identified these substances as phytonutrients which can help to inhibit that growth of cancer cells in the colon. In other words, carrots have even more health benefits than we had already known.
This green carrot smoothie uses a bunch of other ingredients to yield a really interesting and healthy snack or meal replacement.
In your favorite blender mix:
- 1 good sized carrot
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1/2 cup berries (fresh or frozen, your choice)
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 Tbsp. Chia seed
- 1/2 tsp. stevia or other sweetener
- 1 Tbsp. protein powder (optional)
Here is a tip for a thicker smoothie: Soak the Chia seeds in water for about 10-15 minutes before mixing. Chia is hydrophilic which means it absorbs more than its own weight in water.