Today’s carrot smoothie recipe is another tasty way to get a healthy dose of veggies and fruits. The vibrant puree is full of tropical flavors from orange pineapple. This carrot smoothie is a great idea for a wonderful make-ahead snack or healthy post-workout drink.
Made from whole carrots and tropical fruits, our carrot smoothie is full of nutrients.
The drink not only provides fiber (6% of the recommended daily intake) but is also rich in vitamins. Each serving of our carrot smoothie contains up to 40% of the RDI of vitamin A and 18% of the RDI of vitamin C. Drinking this smoothie can help support the immune system and improve eye and skin health.
Also, carrots are a great source of carotenoid — a pigment that gives fruits and vegetables their orange-red color. Once consumed, carotenoids are converted into antioxidant vitamin A, which can assist the body’s cells in fighting free radical damage.
Carrots: Either large or baby carrots work in this recipe.
Pineapple: Pineapple adds texture and sweetness. It also blends perfectly with the carrot’s taste.
Orange Juice: Orange juice is the true flavor maker in this smoothie. The citrus fruit brings out the crispness of the carrot, making for a more lip-smacking fresh experience.
Sweetener: Depending on the sweetness of your fruits, you may adjust the amount of added sugar used in the recipe. We used half a tablespoon of sugar for each serving for the perfect fresh, sweet taste.
Ginger: Ginger lends a slightly spicy kick and brightness to the mix. If you don’t have fresh ginger on hand, try ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger instead.
Ice: To quickly create that deliciously satisfying chilly, fluffy texture.
Mint Leaves: For extra freshness and garnishing.
Can You Eat Carrot Skin?
You should always prep your fruits and vegetables by washing and peeling them first. But is this totally necessary for carrots?
Actually, it’s not so important to peel carrots since it’s perfectly fine to eat the skin. Moreover, there is a certain amount of nutrients, such as vitamins C and A, to be found in carrot skin. If you want to maximize your nutrient intake, we recommend keeping the peel.
However, many people find that carrot skin has an earthy flavor that they find quite unpleasant. If you’re one of them, there’s no harm in removing it.
Storage and Freezing the Leftover
While the most recommended way to consume smoothies is to drink them immediately after blending, you may sometimes feel the need to save some for later. Indeed, storing this carrot smoothie is quite easy.
If there’s any carrot smoothie leftover, pour it into an airtight container and place in the refrigerator. The drink lasts for 3 – 4 days in the fridge.
For longer storage, keep the drink in the freezer for up to 3 months. Also, be sure to leave a little space when filling up the containers since the liquid expands slightly when frozen.
When you feel like consuming, simply remove it and let it thaw in the fridge overnight. This way, by the time you wake up, your smoothie will have the perfect chilled consistency for sipping.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
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Natalie Butler is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a passion to help others live their best life through food, fitness, safer beauty and a healthy lifestyle. She has expertise with a variety of diets and diseases and believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for health.
I just made this carrot smoothie and it was so delicious! The combination of sweet carrots, bananas, and honey was perfect.