Carrot Ginger Smoothie Recipe
Enjoy smoothies as an occasional treat, but critically evaluate their ingredients and the serving size.
Consider the size of the drink. A smoothie is a nutrient-rich, high-calorie beverage. A quart-size cup may contain your entire day's allotment of calories. Who wants to splurge like that?
Look for a protein source. Yogurt, milk, soy or other protein powders will give the body something to work with as it builds muscle, not just a boost of energy. This is particularly important because many of us like to enjoy a smoothie after a work out.
Cut back on the sweet expectations. Fruit smoothies can be very sweet indeed, both from the fruit and from added sweeteners. If you are combating a sweet tooth, the smoothie can be a treacherous treat. Train your taste buds to enjoy fruit's natural tartness. Or try a vegetable smoothie, like my Carrot-Ginger “Rabbit Special.”
Carrots are naturally sweet (for a vegetable) and packed with vitamin A. Ginger's spice is a natural flavor pairing with carrots. (Fresh ginger, as well as real ginger candies and ginger beer, are also wonderful for a queasy stomach.)
Makes four, 8 ounce servings.(About 75 calories per serving)
1 & ½ cups crushed ice
½ cup plain yogurt
1 cup 100% carrot juice
½ of a medium apple (leave skin on)
7 ounces natural ginger beer, chilled
Combine the ice, yogurt, carrot juice, and apple in a blender and whirl until ice and apple are pulverized and the juice is frothy. Divide the ginger beer among the four glasses, and then fill them with the carrot-apple mixture. Stir to blend and enjoy!
A note about ginger beer. Ginger beer is a non-alcoholic, carbonated soft drink. I used Reed's brand (which came in 7 ounce bottles), but I'm sure other brands are available in other markets. You could easily use a little more or less ginger beer, as you like. Ginger ale will not taste the same; I don't recommend substitution.
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