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Fruit and Vegetable Shake
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Do You Have Time to Peel a Banana?
Then you've got time for this delish raw smoothies recipe.
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- 1.5 cups carrots, shredded (4 small carrots)
- 2 bananas, sliced
- 1 cup plain vanilla yogurt
- 1 cup ice
- 1/2 cup apple juice, cold
Making a Smoothie in a Blender at Home
Smoothies seem to be all the rage these days. Every day I see a commercial or billboard that so-and-so fast food joint now has smoothies. My unhealthiest habit is my soda intake, but given the chance, I gladly opt for a smoothie. I love watching my smoothie being made with a big scoop of ice and all fresh ingredients. However, this is not always the case. I've ordered smoothies that were prepared from pre-made sludge in a bag and ice—hardly healthy. What's in that stuff? Who knows! For this reason, I love to make smoothies at home. I know exactly what I'm putting in, and I know I'm going to like the way it tastes. I love carrots and bananas, and this smoothie is a hit with my taste buds.
While you'll never catch me chugging down carrot juice like Bugs Bunny, the carrots in this smoothie are very pleasing. If you are worried that this smoothie has an overpoweringly strong carrot taste—it doesn't. The other ingredients do a great job of sweetening this drink up and almost masking the carrots. Smoothies with apple juice and yogurt smoothies taste sweet naturally! If you prefer an even sweeter taste, add another banana or a bit more apple juice. This smoothie is a hit with kids and even my favorite picky eater, my husband.
- Combine ingredients in blender and use "smoothie" or "milkshake" setting until beverage is blended. Serve immediately and enjoy!
How Do You Make a Smoothie?
Use this blender recipe to quickly make yummy smoothies at home. You don't need a fancy or expensive blender. Most blenders today come standard with "smoothie" or "milkshake" settings.
Morning Smoothie Recipes
Morning smoothies for breakfast are an easy way to get a quick serving of fruits and veggies when you're on the go. We live in a busy world, and eating healthy isn't always fast or convenient. If you're trying to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your daily diet, this is a great way.
Bananas are easy to grab and eat on your way to work, but carrots can be a bit trickier if yours require peeling and chopping/slicing. To save time and make this beverage even easier, prepare quite a few carrots at a time and keep in an airtight container in the frig. This will allow you to scoop what you need when you need it and save you time when you're probably in a hurry. I prefer shredding my carrots with my Salad Master machine because they're easier to work with, and my blender takes care of them in just seconds.
Are You Eating Enough Fruits and Vegetables?
Do you know what your daily fruit and vegetable recommendations are based on your age, sex, and level of daily physical activity? If not, check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They have a nifty little calculator that will tell you what you should be eating daily and also what technically counts as a serving. This really makes it easy.
I'm a 29-year-old female, and my daily physical activity ranges from 30–60 minutes. This means I need 2 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of veggies EVERY DAY! This smoothie recipe makes two servings, which means one serving has a 1/2 of a banana and 2 carrots. That banana is 1/4 of a cup of my daily fruit recommendation, and the two carrots are a whole cup of my veggie recommendation. So if you start the day off right, it's not very difficult to meet your recommendations every day.
Are you eating enough fruits and veggies?
More Carrot and Banana Recipes from the Kitchen of Heather Says
- Classic Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips
A classic banana bread recipe that I used to make with my mother. The times have changed but this recipe is timeless. Easy to make and easier to make disappear!
- Next Time Serve Heavenly Carrot Souffle
An easy recipe that will transform ordinary carrots into a delicious side dish. Fancy enough for the holidays and easy enough to compliment dinner any night. A how-to recipe with 5 reasons why you should start eating more carrots TODAY!
- Easy Fried Banana Dessert Recipe
One of the simplest recipes for fried bananas. Perfect for dessert, brunch, or as a delightful topping for other dishes. Ready in 15 minutes or less and comes out perfect every time.
© 2012 Heather
Melissa Reese Etheridge from Tennessee, United States on January 10, 2015:
Thank you for this great smoothie recipe. The hubs and I are trying to eat healthier, so this will be a great snack/meal for us.
Heather (author) from Arizona on October 20, 2013:
Hi Audrey! My day has definitely been doubly made by you and Paul! Thanks so much for visiting and trying the smoothie. What other yummy ingredients did you add? My Banana and Berry Ensure smoothie is my favorite. Thanks again! :)
Thanks so much for reading and commenting! I appreciate the share. You'll have to let me know how it went :)
Thanks for reading and commenting! I'm glad you stopped by :)
Thanks! I would love to have a Vitamix! You should see the way I furiously use my inexpensive blender. I love carrots so much and put them in almost anything I can (smoothies, meatloaf, spaghetti)! :)
@Glimmer Twin Fan--
Thanks for the visit and the kind words :)
Thanks for stopping by. You'll have to let me know what you thought when you've tried it :)
Audrey Selig from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on October 18, 2013:
Hi Heather. We made the smoothie but added a few more ingredients. It was so delicious. Paul E was bragging on you on the forum, and that is how I found you. Your recipes look so yummy. Thanks for sharing. Audrey
Katee Shew from Canada on May 02, 2013:
Ok this recipe has my stomach rumbling! thanks for sharing it, I will be trying it soon, it's perfect for the summer. Shared it with my followers!
Yvette Stupart PhD from Jamaica on April 03, 2013:
Your smothie looks really delicious, and the fruits you us make it also nutritious. Thanks for sharing.
Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on October 25, 2012:
Smoothies are wonderful and this one sounds delicious! We often add carrot juice from our juicer to our smoothies, but I plan to try your method. Since we have a VitaMix blender, I think it will be able to handle the whole carrot without shredding it first. Will definitely give it a try...need those veggies! Thanks so much.
Claudia Mitchell on October 23, 2012:
This looks really good. Also love your photos and the layouts. Well done!
Tyler Bracken from Berlin, Germany on October 21, 2012:
I will be giving these a try later on! I need to get some bananas first :)