Smoothies are a staple among health junkies, and we have to agree: they're ridiculously easy to make, filled with fruits and veggies, and make you feel like a pro when you whip up a particularly delicious blend. It's unsurprising, then, that smoothies have become a regular menu item at fast-food joints across the nation—but not all smoothies are created equal, and you're better off skipping many of those high-calorie, sugary drinks disguised as a healthy option. The heat has finally gotten to our small island, which is why it is the right time to get into some soft and refreshing drinks that are energizing, healthy and plain delicious! If you're looking to put your own blender to use and start making smoothies at home, you're already one step ahead, saving yourself money and ensuring you have full control over what goes in. These delicious, healthy smoothies make it easier to eat right with fruit, milk, protein, immune-boosting yogurt, and other nutritious ingredients — and they're great for helping you slim down.
Carrots aren't usually the star ingredient in a breakfast smoothie, but this creamy blend will make you a believer. The carrots pair perfectly with banana slices, diced pineapples, walnuts, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and make this veggie-packed smoothie taste just like a slice of carrot cake (while being way healthier for you).
CARROT CAKE SMOOTHIE
WHAT YOU NEED:
- 1 cup chopped carrots — (steamed and cooled if you do not have a high-power blender or to make it extra smooth for kids)
- 1/2 cup frozen sliced banana
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla cashew milk — unsweetened vanilla almond milk, or milk of your choice
- 1/4 cup frozen diced pineapple
- 2 tablespoons toasted walnuts
- 1 tablespoon flaked coconut — optional
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch nutmeg
For topping: Shredded carrots — coconut, crushed walnuts
HOW TO MAKE IT:
Add all of the ingredients to your blender: carrots, banana, Greek yogurt, cashew milk, pineapple, walnuts, coconut (if using), cinnamon, and nutmeg. Blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately, topped with additional shredded carrots, coconut, and/or crushed walnuts as desired.