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How To Make A Delicious And Nutritious Orange Carrot Smoothie

Do you love smoothies? I love them too because they’re packed with nutrients and best of all, they taste amazing. You can do any fruit combinations you like, but one of my favorites is an orange carrot smoothie.

 
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The combination of oranges and carrots offer a great antioxidant boost, thanks to their high content of vitamin C and beta-carotene. However, I found the taste a little bland, so I decided to search some ways on how to make it sweeter.

In my quest for the perfect taste, I have discovered some great smoothie recipes that you can try at home. Read on as I show you 3 smoothie recipes plus tips on how to get you started.

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Ingredients That You Need

Orange

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Contrary to popular belief that an orange fruit is acidic, it is actually alkalizing once it combines with your stomach acid. Oranges are great smoothie ingredients because they’re rich in vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. They’re known to lower blood pressure, prevent diabetes, and improve heart health.

Before you throw the orange into the smoothie mix, section and remove any seeds. You can leave the seeds if you’re using a commercial blender. Alternatively, you can use a 1/2-1 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice if you don’t want the extra pulp and seeds to bother you.

Chopped or Shredded Carrots

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Carrots give that excellent antioxidant boost in your smoothie. It is rich in beta-carotene, vitamin K. vitamin C, and calcium.

Since carrots are hard, you may need to chop or shred the carrots into smaller pieces so your blender will pulverize them finely. You will need about 2 medium carrots for all the recipes.

Additional Ingredients

For Recipe 1- Orange Carrot Smoothie With Ginger

  • CELERY STALK
  • Walnut halves (optional)
  • Fresh ginger
  • Lemon juice
  • Ice cubes

If you are trying to lose weight, it is best to add a celery stalk into your smoothie. It is rich in fiber and low in calories. It is important to note though that celery has a unique flavor so using one stalk is sufficient.

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For Recipe 2- Orange Carrot Smoothie Immunity Enhancer

  • Fresh spinach
  • Water
  • Fruits

For this specific smoothie recipe, you may need one banana, 2 cups strawberries, and 1/2 cup blueberries. The banana will work as the base ingredient of your smoothie making it thick and creamy. The strawberries and blueberries will add the sweetness that masks the distinct flavor of spinach very well.

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For Recipe 3- Orange Carrot Smoothie With Mango

  • Frozen mango
  • Water (optional)

If you find that the consistency has gone too thick, add water. This is an option for those who want a thinner consistency. However, if you like a thick and creamy smoothie, then you may omit this ingredient.

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Equipment and Tools Needed

High-Power Blender

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One of the most important parts in smoothie making is a blender. You can use any blender you want, but it is more efficient to use a high-power blender. This type of blender has a motor of 2 horsepower or more.

What I use is the Vitamix 5200. It has a 2 horsepower and an easy-to-adjust speed.

Mason jars

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You may need a mason jar to serve as a container for your smoothie output. I prefer this one because it has a holder at the side for convenience. Alternatively, you can use any glass at home as long as fits the capacity of your smoothie.

Knife

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You can use any knife that you have in your kitchen. You’ll need this to cut the carrots, peel and section oranges, and mince ginger. Make sure that you use a clean and sharp knife to be efficient.

Cutting Board

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To chop the carrots and section oranges properly, you need a cutting board. You can use any cutting board that you have at home. I use a bamboo cutting board because it is eco-friendly, antibacterial, and easy to clean.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Recipe 1: Orange Carrot Smoothie With Ginger

If you want to lose weight, you can do this veggie smoothie recipe anytime. This offers several nutrients, like protein, beta-carotene, and magnesium. It only doesn’t aid you to lose some pounds, but it can also help relax your muscles.

1. Prepare the ingredients

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With a knife and cutting board, peel 2 medium carrots and chop them into smaller pieces. Next, prepare the orange by peeling, sectioning, and seeding them. You can see how it’s done in this video.

In peeling the ginger, it is more efficient to use an edge of a spoon rather than a paring knife because the skin is delicate. Mince the ginger with a knife by following this video here.

2. Put the ingredients in the blender and mix

In a blender, place the liquid ingredient first, which is 2 tbsp of lemon juice. Next, place 8 ice cubes, then the fresh ingredients- carrots, orange, celery stalk- and 2 tbsp of fresh ginger. Now, hit the pulse button or blend on high to mix the ingredients thoroughly.

3. Pour into a mason jar and serve

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When you find that the texture has gone thick and smooth, transfer the contents into a mason jar or glass. Garnish it with walnuts and serve immediately. You can drink this regularly to get fast weight loss results.

Recipe 2- Orange Carrot Smoothie Immunity Enhancer

If you feel like catching a cold in any moment now, then grab a glass of this immunity enhancer. It is made with great immunity enhancing ingredients, like orange, strawberries, and blueberries. Best of all it tastes awesome.

1. Get your ingredients

For freshly squeezed orange juice, you can do it by hand. Just follow what is shown in this video here. You need about 1/2 cup of orange juice, two cups of spinach, one cup of water, one banana, 1/4 cup carrots (chopped to smaller pieces), two cups strawberries, and 1/2 cup blueberries.

2. Blend orange juice, water, and spinach

In a blender, place the orange juice, water, and spinach. Hit the pulse button and let it blend until smooth. You may need to do this for a few times to blend the spinach well. If your blender lacks the pulse button, blend on high for about 30-60 seconds.

3. Add the rest of the ingredients

After you see that the mixture has gone smooth, add the banana, carrots, strawberries, and blueberries. Blend again until smooth. Never blend the ingredients for more than a minute because it leads to nutrients loss and oxidation.

4. Pour into a glass or mason jar and serve

Until you meet the right consistency, pour the contents into a glass or mason jar. Serve and drink immediately.

Recipe 3- Orange Carrot Smoothie With Mango

This is a great energizing smoothie which offers abundant nutrients, like vitamins A, B1, and C, and folate. This is meant for one serving.

1. Get ready with your ingredients

If you’re using a high-speed blender, then you may not grate the carrots. However, if you’re using a low-end blender, grate the carrots first before you mix them in the blender. You need about two medium carrots, one cup frozen mango, one cup orange juice, and water if necessary.

2. Blend the ingredients well

In the blender, place all the ingredients except for water. Press the pulse button or blend it on high speed. Do this not more than one minute so you can still preserve their nutrients. Add water if you find the consistency to be too thick for you.

3. Serve while cold

When you find that the ingredients have all mixed well into a smooth consistency, pour the contents into a mason jar or glass. Serve and consume while cold.

Some Tips From The Experts

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Clean the blender right after you use it

According to a Vitamix chef, clean your blender immediately. Fill the container with water about halfway then add a drop of dish detergent. Use cold water in rinsing the machine to remove any residues left.

Cut the fruits into chunks before freezing

Great British Chefs suggest cutting the fruits before you freeze them. This process will save you time to thaw the fruits before cutting them into desired pieces. After you have cut the fruits into desired chunks, arrange them on a flat baking tray and freeze them overnight.

Blend Your Own Orange Carrot Smoothie Today!

Did you have fun reading the smoothie recipes? Thanks to this article, I have known three more ways to recreate my usual orange carrot smoothie. The keys for good smoothies are fresh ingredients and a high-speed blender, just like this.

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