This immune-boosting carrot smoothie features classic flavor combinations that go well with carrots like orange, pineapple, and ginger.
While vegetable smoothies are not as popular as fruit smoothies, this carrot smoothie recipe has the potential to be a real show stopper! Some of you might be wondering but wait, carrots are sweet, is a carrot a fruit? The answer is no, carrots are vegetables — root vegetables to be exact.
This smoothie recipe has been formulated to not only taste amazing, it has just as amazing health benefits and the ability to help you be well! All of the ingredients are high in nutrients that have a positive affect on the human body and our overall well being.
Why We Love This Carrot Smoothie
First of all, smoothies can tend to be sugary and high in calories. This carrot smoothie recipe is relatively low in calories, coming at only 200 calories per serving.
Secondly, this smoothie tastes great! It’s not often you find a smoothie recipe with vegetables that tastes this good.
And last but not least, the health benefits are what I really love about this smoothie. The combination of carrot and bee pollen is a real inflammation killer and immune booster.
Health Benefits of This Carrot Smoothie Recipe
The vitamin A and beta-carotene in carrots helps to fight inflammation and decreases the effects of arthritis, while bee pollen may work similarly to anti-inflammatory drugs, according to researchers.
Lowers Risk of Diabetes
Carrots are loaded with vitamin A and beta-carotene, which there’s evidence to suggest can lower your diabetes risk.
Carrots have calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health. In addition, the latest research has revealed that the beta-carotene content of carrots makes bones more fracture-resistant.
The vitamin C in carrots helps your body build antibodies that defend your immune system. Plus carrots contain three minerals that are critical to the immune system: iron, zinc and copper. They also contain vitamin E which helps protect the immune system’s cell membranes and can reverse the effects of cell aging. Studies have shown that bee pollen has antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.
Reduces Risk of Cancer
Carrots contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant that protects cell membranes from toxin damage and slows the growth of cancer cells. Carrots also contain a natural pesticide that helps prevent cancer.
- supports immune system
- reduces inflammation
|carrot||2.5 oz||71 g||1 large carrot|
|ginger||0.1 oz||3 g||1/3 inch ginger root|
|turmeric||0.1 oz||3 g||1/3 inch turmeric root|
|orange juice||4 fl oz||118 ml||1/2 cup juice|
|banana (frozen)||3 oz||85 g||2/3 medium banana|
|pineapple (frozen)||3 oz||85 g||1/2 cup pineapple|
|bee pollen powder||0.1 oz||3 g||1 teaspoon pollen|
Cold press the oranges to make the orange juice ingredient.
Peel the carrots, turmeric, and ginger.
Add all of the ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth, about 1 minute.
Increase the health benefits of your smoothie by adding different adaptogens like maca. Check out the boosters and adaptogens section of the Juicing Companion to learn more.
Peeling the carrots and ginger is not 100% necessary, but it does help give the flavor a lighter, refreshing taste.
Check out our other vegetable smoothie recipes!