After all the talk of juicing in those documentaries I mentioned yesterday, I was inspired to revisit my love of smoothies.
When I was in New York recently I picked up a bottle of Lakewood 100% carrot juice to try out of curiosity.
While V8 /tomato juice in general isn’t really my cup of tea, I figured the natural sweetness of carrots would make it more palatable.
The result? Not bad! I ended up mixing in some fresh grated ginger which added a nice touch.
I figured that in the wide world of the internet there must be a smoothie recipe out there that involved the stuff. Ask and you shall receive!
In my search I came across a blog dedicated entirely to smoothies called, A Smoothie A Day, which follows a woman name Julie and her New Year’s Resolution to make a smoothie a day for an entire year.
She had a recipe for “Carrot, Ginger, Pineapple & Kale” that sounded like just what I was looking for. I altered the proportions of the original recipe slightly to include more carrot and more ginger.
Here’s what I threw in the blender….
Carrot Ginger Pineapple Smoothie
Recipe adapted from A Smoothie A Day
Makes two smaller servings or one very large one.
1/2 frozen banana
1 C frozen pineapple
1’’ piece of fresh ginger, peeled (plus some extra at the end for more of a kick)
1/2 C plain Greek yogurt
2/3 C 100% organic carrot juice
2 TBSP pecans
Handful of spinach
I enjoyed it so much that I made them for Z and I to take to work as snacks TWO different times that week. I love the taste of ginger so any time I can find something to add it to I get excited. Combine that with the opportunity to sneak some hidden veggies into my mid-morning snack and you’ve got yourself a winner!
Sure it isn’t the most photogenic thing I’ve ever made, but the taste is light and refreshing so it completely makes up for it.
I want to know…
Have you ever made a smoothie with vegetables? Would you?
What is your favorite smoothie to make? Leave a link to any fun recipes you have in the comments below?