A simple juice that will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed! This juice is super easy and tasty. It’s filled with nutrients that are linked with lowered cholesterol, improved eye and gut health, lowered blood pressure, and more.
- 2 medium sized carrots
- 1 (gala) apple
- 4 frozen strawberries
- 1 tsp of minced fresh ginger
- juice of half a lemon
- 1 tsp of agave
- optional: 1/4 cup of mango
I’m such a fan of carrot based smoothies because as a child I was encouraged to drink them to improve my eye health and it absolutely worked! There was a time that I nearly had to wear glasses (not that that’s a terrible thing) but after drinking carrot juice almost daily, my vision began to improve and I have 20/20 vision as a result.
Now as an adult, I try to be more conscious of preserving my vision by not staring at screens for too long or having them too close to my face. But I am also ramping up my carrot intake to get those helpful properties that benefited me as a child. This juice is not only flavorful, but it’s packed with nutritional value.
Carrot based smoothies are a good source of nutrients and vitamins, such as “beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants. They’re a weight-loss-friendly food and have been linked to lower cholesterol levels and improved eye health.” Antioxidants are extremely beneficial because they help to regulate and reduce free radicals from your system. Free radicals are unstable atoms which, left unchecked, can be destructive to your cells and lead to illness and early aging, and we don’t want that.
Ginger, my absolutely favorite immune booster, has been used in traditional medicine and recipes since olden days. It can help to improve your digestive health and can have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. Ginger always makes me feel better, especially when I feel a potential cold coming on but that’s been few and far in between. Since ginger has been a staple in my diet, I rarely get sick. In addition to blending it in my smoothies, I love eating it raw, infusing it in my teas, and using it as a spice in certain dishes.
Lemon juice adds the perfect tang that this smoothie needs with it’s citric components. Lemon is a perfect source of vitamin c, an antioxidant and essential vitamin that is critical for our health. It’s been linked to many beneficial health properties such as lowering stroke risk and blood pressure, cancer prevention, improving complexion, boosting the immune system, and increasing iron absorption (something to note for those of us with iron deficiencies)!
Have you ever tried a carrot smoothie? Are you a fan of other veggie based smoothies? Share your thoughts and let me know how you enjoyed this smoothie!