I make a lot of smoothies. I mean, A LOT of smoothies. We eat them several times a week and we love them. However, they’re mostly fruit based. Not that there is anything wrong with fruit, but we probably eat a little too much of it in this house (at least in comparison to how many veggies we eat). Honestly, if it were up to my boys, they would live on nothing but fruit. Luckily, their mom knows better and makes sure they get more substantial food into their bellies on a daily basis!
I’ve been wanting to make more smoothies that have veggies in them because it’s hard for me to get my kids (and myself) to eat enough each day. I will usually have veggies as a side for dinner, but I just never know if and how much anyone will eat. Many times, if we have it, I’ll throw spinach into our smoothies, but I know it’s not enough (especially when the amount is divided between 3 or 4 of us). Recently, I remembered how much we liked the Mango-Carrot Smoothie I made last summer (oh, how I miss summer right now…), so I came up with a variation of that recipe (mostly because I didn’t have a pear or a fresh mango on hand)! And it turned out really well!
This picture doesn’t really do the smoothie justice. I feel like I’m getting a little better at taking pictures of food these days, however, this was one of those instances when I just KNOW a DSLR camera would have taken a better picture than my iPhone. The smoothie was much more orange than this picture shows. No matter what angle I took the photo, the orange that I saw with my eyes did not want to come through on the screen! Grr. Oh well, you get the idea. Just know that the smoothie was more orange than this picture shows… 🙂
Carrot Chia Smoothie
(Makes two servings)
- 4 whole organic carrots, peeled and chopped into a few pieces
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 handfuls of frozen mango chunks
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1-2 T chia seeds
- Splash of milk, as needed (I used organic whole milk, but I’m sure almond milk would be good too.)
Blend together and enjoy! Note: To blend raw carrots, you probably need a somewhat powerful blender. I own a Ninja Blender and it works great!! However, I know my old (and cheaper) Oster blender would never have been able to blend this smoothie up well enough.
This smoothie has a little bit ‘grittier’ texture due to the raw carrots and chia seeds, but not so much that you have to chew anything. I can always rely on my twin boys (who are almost 3) to test new smoothies and give me honest feedback (because they won’t eat/drink something if they don’t like it)…and the texture didn’t bother them one bit. They both sucked theirs down and wanted more (but it was all gone). I really liked it too and it was nice to get some veggies in first thing in the morning. I could have also added some spinach to it, but I wanted to try it first without. Next time, I may add both carrots AND spinach to increase the nutritional value. Now I just need to work on coming up with more ‘veggie based’ smoothie recipes that are both mom AND kid approved!
These are the smoothie straws we use. We LOVE them! They’re easy to clean and using them eliminates throwing away plastic straws every day!
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