One of the most commonly enjoyed vegetables in the world, carrots are a root vegetable that have been cultivated for hundreds of years. They come in a variety of colors, and are now grown all over, although they have native roots in Asia.
Even though the root of the plant is popular with vegetable lovers, carrot tops can also be eaten — although because of the way carrots grow, it’s advisable to eat the organic varieties if possible.
Health Benefits of Carrots
The two main reasons carrots are so great are beta-carotene and fiber, which they have in copious amounts. They’re also rich in vitamin A, C and K, copper and iron.
Regular consumption of raw carrots has been scientifically shown to lower cholesterol, and they may also help lower blood pressure. Because of their large amount of vitamins (vitamin C in particular), carrots are great immune boosters. And it turns out that carrots really are good for your eyes! Vitamin A is essential for good eyesight and carrots have it in spades.
If you’re looking to get more of this bright and sweet spring vegetable into your diet, we’ve put together a list of all our smoothie recipes that feature carrots. Take a lot and then get chopping!
The Major Myth About Carrots
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Smoothies Recipes With Carrots
Protein Carrot Cake
What’s so great about pea protein? Well, for one thing, it’s a great complete protein source for vegans, or people who have a hard time digesting whey. It also contains Arginine, which is an essential amino acid for building muscle. Dates are a common sweetener in raw and vegan desserts, and are rich in both fiber and magnesium, and walnuts have more antioxidants per serving than most other nuts. Almond milk and cinnamon round out this delicious, protein-filled smoothie, making it taste just like Thanksgiving morning.
Carrot Coconut Refresh
Camu camu has more vitamin C per serving than almost any other food, and when paired with an orange, pineapple (which has more vitamin C than oranges) and carrots (also bursting with vitamin C and beta-carotene), you’ve got a smoothie that’s practically glowing with immune-boosting goodness. When you add to that a few tablespoons of coconut flakes -- rich in fiber, iron and zinc, as well as good fats -- you’ve got the perfect morning drink to get your metabolism revving all day long.
Creamy Orange Carrot
Put away that wrinkle cream, we’ve got a smoothie that's a home run for your complexion! Two clementines not only provide a natural sweetness, but a double serving of potassium, magnesium and calcium. Carrots are high in vitamin A, beta-carotene and vitamin C. Goji berries, full of antioxidants, and cashews, full of magnesium and copper, round out this immune boosting, skin-loving super drink. If you’re looking for something to get you glowing from the inside out this winter, look no further than this bright orange celebration!
Go Go Goji Berries
Rise, shine and get going with this citrus and antioxidant filled treat! The carrots, oranges, sunflower seeds, and goji berries aren't just loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber to keep you ready to take on the day, but they are also packed with antioxidants. And thanks to those super foods, the only thing stronger than the orange color of this smoothie will be your immunity. Drink this to start your day off right, bright eyed and bushy tailed.
Candied Carrot Tops
You can totally beat cold season this year with fruit and veggie smoothies, especially ones with camu camu! Just a half teaspoon of this Brazilian superfruit powder has more than 550% of your daily recommended value of Vitamin C. Rich in various amino acids, camu camu works wonders on the digestive system, cognitive functions, heart and kidney health, and muscle repair.
Coconut Orange Julius
Craving a tropical vacation? Well, you've got one in this smoothie. Its taste and immune boosting properties are out of this world. Orange and pineapple pack a tropical punch with vitamin C, which increases the production of white blood cells. Satisfying your vitamin C intake has never felt more like paradise.
This Lemonades-inspired smoothie will have you glowing from the inside out. Carrots and apples are packed with vitamins A and C which help to promote radiant skin. Lemon and ginger will soothe your digestive system. Plus, to top it all off, pumpkin seeds are loaded with magnesium which helps to promote proper bone growth and maintenance. Save a few seeds for garnish. Cheers!
Maple Ginger Glazed Carrots
We've turned one of the holiday's best and most delicious side dishes into something even more delicious: a smoothie, of course! Carrots don't just make this treat look festive, they also fill it with vitamins A, C, K, E, beta-carotene, and folate, to name a few.
Awaken your inner warrior with this energizing and exotic smoothie. Oranges add a burst of flavor and are packed with vitamin C, potassium and folate. Cashews not only make this smoothie rich and creamy, they also fill it with copper, a mineral essential to energy production. Baobab powder brings it all together. This exotic superfood is rich in vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and antioxidants. Best of all, despite its sweet taste, it is low in sugar, providing you with energy that lasts, instead of a sugar rush.
Coconut Carrot Cake
Carrots bring a dose of sweetness to smoothies, as well as beta-carotene, vitamin C, and fiber. Bananas are also full of fiber, as well as potassium, and cinnamon is a natural anti-inflammatory that helps with both complexion and regulating blood sugar. Walnuts provide a dose of nutty sweetness and Omega-3s, as well as potent cancer-fighting compounds. Round this healthy breakfast out with some unsweetened coconut flakes, and get your dessert fix without any of those pesky refined sugars.
Cara Cara Cashew
Cara cara oranges have a flavor that is more complex than most navel varieties, with a taste that has notes of “cherry, rose petal, orange, and blackberry.” Tomatillos are a small, green Mexican fruit, and should be peeled out of their papery husk before blending. They contain fiber, potassium, and manganese, and have an almost lemon-esque taste. Carrots add a dose of beta-carotene, and cashews help create a smooth liquid base that’s full of healthy unsaturated fat. Because the carrots, orange and tomatillos all contain hefty amounts of vitamin C, one serving of this snack provides almost a full day’s worth of this collagen-boosting supplement.
Carrot Apple Ginger
What’s up, doc? The spinach and carrots are all about the vitamin A. This helps your skin glow, literally from the inside out. Vitamin A prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes, and uneven skin tone. #nofilter will be needed after this smoothie.
If this isn’t heaven, we don’t know what is. This smoothie, disguised as a dessert, is teaming with all that good-for-you stuff. The carrots are chalked full of vitamin A which helps your liver get rid of all those nasty toxins from the body. You can now have your cake, and drink it too.
Goji berries are considered both a fruit and an herb, and have been used in Chinese medicine for centuries. They’re full of beta-carotene and antioxidants, and according to a few recent studies, long-term consumption of these berries may even increase your energy. Pea protein is an easy-to-digest, vegan alternative to whey, and hemp seeds are a great vegan source of Omega-3s. The balance between sweet (pineapple and goji), and savory (red pepper and carrots) in this smoothie, along with the grounding nature of protein and healthy fat, will keep you calmly energetic all day long.
Superfruit Fresh Start
Need a burst of vitamin C? This smoothie is full of it, thanks to the orange, kiwi and carrots. Carrots are also extremely high in vitamin A, an essential vitamin for eye health. Even in powdered form, pomegranate is rich in polyphenols, which are antioxidants that have been studied as possible cancer fighters. Regular consumption of pomegranate has also been shown to have a positive effect on both blood sugar and blood pressure. Adding cashews to this bright, vitamin-filled smoothie ensures a satisfying dose of protein and healthy fat, keeping your energy trucking along all day.
Luck of the Eye-rish
If you’ve ever wondered why everyone always says carrots are good for your eyes, here’s the reason: Vitamin A deficiency can damage normal vision, and beta-carotene (which carrots have) can help correct that deficiency. Goji berries are also very high in beta-carotene, as well as iron, and are known anti-inflammatories. Carrots, the orange, avocado and goji berries are all high in vitamin C, making this bright smoothie healthy for both your immune system and your biggest organ - your skin!
Carrot in the Rye
Even Holden himself couldn’t find this smoothie the least bit phoney. It is savory and spicy, refreshing and nourishing. The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger help in the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients to the body. It also helps soothe throat and nose congestion, just in time to fight spring time pollen.
This root-to-stem smoothie doesn’t let any part of the carrot go to waste. That means more nutrients for you. When thinking of leafy greens, you might never guess that carrot greens fall into this category, but they do! These bitter greens have a light grassy taste with a hint of sweetness. Here’s a pro tip: When buying carrots with the greens still attached, make sure you cut them off to make the carrots last longer.
Orange you glad this smoothie is coming your way? This bright orange smoothie will wake you and make you feel amazing! Turmeric is one of those awesome superfoods that doesn’t get a lot of attention. It contains curcumin, which is thought to be the primary pharmaceutical agent in the spice. It promotes anti-inflammation and may give relief to rheumatoid arthritis. The lemon and turmeric definitely add a nice zing while the sunflower seeds adds a touch of creaminess.
Goji Carrot Cake
If this isn’t heaven, we don’t know what is. This smoothie, disguised as a dessert, is teaming with all that good-for-you stuff. Carrots are chock full of vitamin A, which helps your liver get rid of all those nasty toxins from the body. Considered both a fruit and a herb, goji berries are also an excellent source of antioxidants. You can now have your cake, and drink it too.
Papaya Carrot Lime
Tropical fruit papaya may aid with everything from macular degeneration to bone health. Plus, it tastes delicious! The subtly sweet flavor and smooth texture complement the other orange-colored elements in this fiberful smoothie. Papaya and carrots both contain beta-carotene, which provides vitamin A and may reduce asthma, cancer, and heart disease risks. Lime adds a citrusy zing, and lucuma and cashews provide some nutty flavor!
Creamy Apricot Carrot
This vibrant orange-hued smoothie is packed full of dietary fiber. Apricots are a major source, and also deliver significant amounts of potassium. Potassium is an essential mineral that aids in muscle function, keeping a proper fluid balance, and normalizing blood pressure. Cashews are among the most nutritious nuts, providing many minerals and most B vitamins. Tart goji berries from Asia are tiny but dense with antioxidants and flavor!
Apple Carrot Top Wake-Up
Use the whole carrot, bunny! Different parts of the vegetable have different nutrients. Did you know that carrot greens have six times the vitamin C content of the root? Combine super hydrating cucumber and apple with the green power of spirulina. The bright green supplement is rich in calcium and energy-enhancing chlorophyll. The dynamic duo of lime and cilantro blend to keep this smoothie from being too syrupy sweet.
Carrot Mango Kiwi
Baobab has been used for centuries in Africa, but America is just discovering the powder made from this sweetly sour fruit. Like camu camu, baobab powder is one of the best sources of vitamin C in the world. It also has a healthy dose of both calcium and iron. Mango is another vitamin C powerhouse, while carrots have the beta carotene both your skin and eyes love. Turmeric is a crazy good anti-inflammatory, and avocados are full of the healthy fat we all need to stay full and satisfied.
Carrot Cantaloup Mango
Hemp is one of the purest plant proteins out there, and is especially good for people who have a hard time digesting soy or whey. In addition to being one of the oldest cultivated crops in the world (dating back ancient Egypt and China), flaxseed is full of healthy Omega-3s, and has been shown to improve blood sugar and glycemic control. The brightness and vitamins from the carrots and mango (vitamins A and C) are great for your skin and eyes, and cantaloup is full of fiber. This is the perfect summer smoothie: bright, colorful, satisfying and slimming!
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