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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
- Combine ingredients in blender and use "smoothie" or "milkshake" setting until beverage is blended. Serve immediately and enjoy!
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 fresh ingredients.
The Advantage of Making Smoothies at Home
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.
The Carrot Flavor
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.
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.
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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 may have changed, but this recipe has not. 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 five 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