Do you love to start your day with an apple carrot smoothie? I love it, too, because not only does it taste delicious, but it is also packed with vitamins and minerals
I go my obsession with apple carrot smoothies when my friend made me taste her wonderful recipe. I was a fan of processed drinks before, but I became a smoothie convert when I saw the good results on her. So, I searched online for some wonderful ingredients that I can use with apples and carrots, and discovered quite a lot. Here are two recipes which I think you’ll surely like.
What You’ll Need
Apples serve as a great base for your smoothie because they offer that creamy smoothie texture. They are extremely rich in vitamin C, dietary fiber, and antioxidants. In fact, a study even associates the consumption of apples with a lower risk of diabetes, asthma, and certain cancers.
If you have a lot of sweet ingredients in your smoothie, you can choose a tart apple that is less sweet, like the Granny Smith. It’s a green apple with a very firm texture. Unlike other variants which are only available for a limited season, the Granny Smith is available all year round.
For those who want a slightly tart apple with a moderately sweet taste, your best options are red apples like Rome Beauty and Red Delicious. Rome Beauty has a firm flesh which works as a great base for your smoothie. If you want a mild flavored apple, choose the Red Delicious which has a soft flesh that goes well in a smoothie.
A dice of carrots is a healthy addition to your smoothie as it contains a lot of vitamins and minerals. Its beta-carotene helps improve vision, fight cancer, and promote good skin. Other nutrients found in carrots include dietary fiber, vitamin C, and potassium.
You may need to dice the carrots before you toss them in the blender so they can be pulverized well. For both recipes, two medium carrots are enough. Make sure that you peel them to remove any traces of chemicals and dust.
You need water to help your blender mix the ingredients well. Since we’ll be using some hard ingredients, like carrots and apples, it might be wise to pour water in the blender. You can also choose to add a bit of water if you find the smoothie too thick for your liking.
For Recipe 1
About two teaspoons of minced ginger are needed to add a pleasant spicy taste to your smoothie. Ginger has that amazing flavor that goes well with other citrus and sweet fruits. It also offers several health benefits like, prevent heart disease, fight bacterial infection, and relieve indigestion.
Around two teaspoons of lemon juice is great in giving that right amount of zesty flavor to your smoothie. You might think that it’s way too sour, but surprisingly it is quite refreshing if administered in small amounts. Its tart flavor is not actually bad but a great help in reducing kidney stones.
In replacement of ice cubes, you can use a frozen mango to chill your smoothie after they’re done in the blender. You need at least 1 1/2 cup of frozen mango to be precise. Together with the apple, they give that creamy texture to your smoothie.
Cinnamon is a great add-on to your smoothie. I actually use it because it complements well to the apples. It gives that delicious apple pie flavor without the crust. About 1/4 of cinnamon is enough to spice your smoothie to perfection.
For Recipe 2
Instead of using ice cubes, we’ll be using frozen bananas to give that instant chilling effect. Bananas offer a great body to your smoothie plus they give that creamy, sweet taste that you’ll surely love. They’re also loaded with nutrients, like potassium, vitamin C, and fiber.
Adding a few of flax seeds may be good for your smoothie because they’re rich in omega-3. They also give that hint of a sweet and nutty flavor which can be satisfying to your taste. About one tablespoon of flax seeds may be enough to boost the nutrition to your smoothie.
Equipment and Utensils
Since you’ll be pulverizing some flax seeds and raw carrots, you need a high-speed blender with a powerful motor of 1,000 watts or more. If you intend to make smoothies for more than one person, then you need a larger pitcher with a capacity of at least 40 ounces. What I use is the Vremi Professional which already has special buttons for pulse modes and smoothie.
You need a good knife to chop your apples and carrots into smaller pieces. A Santoku knife is ideal, but you can use any available knife in your kitchen. Just make sure that it’s sharp, comfortable to use, and has a blade length of 5-7 inches.
A vegetable peeler may be necessary to peel the skin of your carrots. Although, a knife can also do this job, it might remove most of the flesh which could be a waste. So invest on a sharp vegetable peeler, just like this.
You need a cutting board to prepare your carrots and apples. As they are cut into pieces, the cutting board serves as the place material for this action. You can use any available cutting board in your kitchen, but I prefer the bamboo type because it’s Eco-friendly and simple to clean.
You need a glass to serve as the container of your finished output. Any glass will do as long as it can fit the contents of your smoothie. Alternatively, you can use a mason jar for a larger capacity and convenience.
Measuring spoons and cups
You need some measuring spoons and cups to get the right measurements for your ingredients. The measuring spoons and cups should start from 1/4 teaspoon and 1/4 cup, respectively. Use any measuring spoons and cups that you have at home.
Recipe 1: Apple- Carrot- Mango Smoothie
If you want to boost your immunity, then you should try this recipe. It is filled with antioxidants which are beneficial for your overall health. You can be sure of its natural goodness as it contains no dairy and artificial sweeteners.
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1. Core and chop the apple
In this recipe, you need one apple. To core an apple, follow these steps.
- If you’re using a high-speed blender, leave the skin, if not, peel it with a vegetable peeler.
- Next, place the apple on the cutting board and slice vertically as close to its core in four sections.
- Remove the core.
To chop the apple, place each piece with its flat side down on the cutting board. Cut them into slices and give it a quarter turn to chop them into smaller pieces.
For reference, watch how an apple is cored and chopped in this video.
2. Dice the carrot
First off, get two medium carrots and peel them with a vegetable peeler. Next, place the carrot on a cutting board and cut in half. Cut each half into thin slices lengthwise and turn them into sticks. Turn the sticks and cut across to form small chunks.
To get a better idea on how to dice a carrot accordingly, refer to this ().
3. Add the liquid and base ingredients, and blend
In a blender, add the liquid ingredients- 1 1/2 cup water and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. Next, follow the base ingredients- 1 1/2 cup frozen mango and the prepared apple. Cover the blender and puree on high speed until mixed thoroughly.
4. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend
Next, add the diced carrots, two teaspoons of peeled and minced ginger, and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. Cover the blender and turn on high speed for about 30 seconds or so. You can tell that it’s done when it reaches a smooth consistency.
5. Drink and enjoy
Pour the contents into a glass of your choice and consume while cold. You can serve this together with your breakfast meal.
Recipe 2: Apple-Carrot-Banana Smoothie
This is a simple smoothie recipe which offers a boost of nutrients, like omega-3, beta-carotene, and potassium. Here are the steps that you can follow:
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1. Prepare your ingredients
Core and chop your apples, and dice your carrots like how they’re prepared in Recipe 1. Peel the bananas and freeze before tossing them in the blender. You can do this overnight to save time.
2. Add the ingredients and blend
In equal amounts, add chopped apples, frozen peeled bananas, diced carrots, and water in the blender. For every 12 ounces of smoothie, add one tablespoon of flax seed.
Cover the blender and begin on low until all ingredients are broken down. As it happens, switch to high speed and blend until smooth.
3. Serve and enjoy
After you have reached the right creamy consistency, pour the contents into your favorite glass. Serve while it’s cold.
Tips from the Experts
Maintain a 50/50 ratio
Chef Lake Dawson recommends keeping a 50/50 ratio of fiber-rich ingredients and high-water content ingredients. This is to solve the common issue of people about a lack of the right texture.
Fiber-rich ingredients include bananas, mangoes, and avocados. Examples of high-water content ingredients include watermelon, pears, and pineapple.
Cut fresh fruits into small pieces
Chef Raphael King’Ori suggests cutting the fresh fruits into small pieces. This will help the blender pulverize the fruit quickly. For instance, chop apples into smaller pieces before tossing them in the mix.
Try Your Own Apple Carrot Smoothie Today!
Are you inspired to make your own apple carrot smoothie? After knowing several smoothie recipes, there is no turning back to my unhealthy habit. To make sure that you get the thick and creamy texture that a smoothie should have, use a high-speed blender.
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