Carrot, Orange & Ginger Smoothie

Making a smoothie that is actually good and not just sugar is probably a big challenge for most people. As a Chef my approach to a smoothie would be first guided by flavor, seasonality and taste. My second consideration would be color, appearance and viscosity. Lastly I would consider practicality, repeatability and benefits. I consider a smoothie concentrated nutrition that should be enjoyed over a period of time  not downed in a hurry when you are already late. Here is my first Chef created smoothie recipe that I introduced to the world. I have made it many times and gathered wonderful feedback. 

Carrot, Orange & Ginger Smoothie
makes 2 servings 

  • 2 cups carrot juice - use organic if possible, is awesome by itself already.
  • 1 tsp diced ginger (washed & peeled) - cleanse, energize and digest easy. 
  • 1 cup diced orange (washed & peeled) - vitamins.
  • 1/2 cup raw macadamia nuts - awesome taste, good protein & fat.
  • 1/2 cup frozen cranberries - naturally alkaline and healthy.
  • 1 frozen banana (peeled) - will provide smoothness. 
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice - an alkaline food to balance the sugars.
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup - taste and sweetness.
  • 3 tbsp dark chocolate - very very comforting and tasty, why not!
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom (powdered) - pleasant flavor and goes along with everything here.
  • 1 vanilla bean (scraped) - the queen of taste. 
  • pinch of sea salt - as a neutralizer for good balance. 
  • 1 oz Grow.Bar® Organic Smoothie Blend. Learn more here.

To make a pleasant blend you will need a powerful blender. We use a Vitamix because we get awesome results. Prepare the carrot juice by washing and chopping organic carrots you need about 4 cups of carrots and 1 cup of water. Blend on high setting for about 45 seconds. Strain through fine mesh filter. You can add all ingredients together in the blender than blend them on high for about a minute or until really smooth. To learn more about growing your own smoothie vegetables right in your kitchen click here. 

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