Carrots are an extremely common vegetable and easy to overlook when you are searching for a healthy smoothie option. Their mild flavor complements many different kinds of fruits, as in this recipe with oranges. You could also blend them with apples, mango, or pineapple. And best of all, carrots can pack powerful health benefits into a single cup.
Vibrant carrots have many valuable properties, including significant doses of vitamins A and K. The orange color of carrots comes from a high amount of beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A. Many people have heard that carrots are good for your eyesight, which is definitely true. One carrot can provide over 200 percent of the daily recommended intake for vitamin A. The high amount of vitamin A aids in preventing cataracts and protecting against night blindness. The vitamin also regulates cell growth and development, keeping your skin, hair, and nails in good shape.
Vitamin K plays a vital role in blood clotting and bone strength. A normal amount of vitamin K in your diet helps your body to respond to injury by forming blood clots to prevent irregular bleeding, and by reducing the risk of bone fractures or breaks. Carrots also provide you with vitamin C, which fights free radicals and keeps your immune system strong.
Furthermore, carrots have a well-rounded number of other nutrients that reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and detoxify your body. The vegetable replenishes your body with potassium, vitamin E, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus. Carrots are also a good source of dietary fiber, thus improving digestion and lowering blood cholesterol levels.
This bright, refreshing carrot smoothie with orange juice and ginger is one that your body (and eyes) will thank you for. Despite their hard texture, carrots are a wonderful addition to smoothies. They can be pureed in a high-powered blender. I recommend straining the carrot juice through a fine mesh sieve, unless you do not mind the fine pulp.
1 cup sliced carrots
1 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 tsp ginger
1 cup ice cubes
1. In a powerful blender, combine ingredients and blend until smooth. Add more orange juice if necessary to reach desired consistency. Strain in a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth to remove pulp. Serve immediately.
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