A couple of weeks ago I got slammed with that gnarley autumn cold that’s been going around. Not fun. Not fun at all.
My usual protocol is to try and smoke it out with quick and easy spicy soups like my 5 minute feel better miso vegetable soup, or my veggie soup in a jar. One day a friend brought me some fresh juice, which was gingery and not too sweet and delicious. Although I’m not much of a juice drinker this one stuck with me so I thought I’d try to recreate a carrot apple ginger smoothie at home.
Although I enjoy the occasional juice, when it comes to smoothies and juice I’m firmly entrenched with team smoothie ’cause fiber is awesome. But the good news in this case is that you can put basically all of the same ingredients into a smoothie. And so, I did.
I don’t have a Vitamix or other high speed blender, but my blender (a Kitchen Aid) is a beast and so far hasn’t had a problem with anything I’ve thrown it it. A couple of carrots, a whole apple, and a good dose of ginger form the base here. Because we’re taking a trip to smoothie town I thought I’d throw in some hemp seeds for protein, healthy fats, and to give the smoothie a creamy texture. A pinch of cinnamon makes the whole thing taste a bit like carrot cake. Yum. And a handful of ice cubes helps everything blend up nice and soothes a sore throat if you’ve got one.
If you’re not sure your blender can handle whole this, you can simply grate the carrots and apple on a box grater before putting them in the blender. An extra step, but one that will be worth it if you don’t have the power for a smooth puree in your blender. I use cold water and a bit of lemon juice as the liquid base and I think it’s best that way, but if you prefer you can use any non-dairy milk. There are gorgeous apples in season right now, so blend yourself up an immune-boosting gingery drink.
Get into ginger! Ginger is a concentrated source of active ingredients, and you don’t need to consume very much to reap all of the great benefits. Ginger can be very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. It can both help with the elimination of gas, but also helps to relax and sooth the intestinal tract. It has antioxidant effects, can inhibit inflammatory compounds, and can also have direct anti-inflammatory effects. Ginger is very effective in preventing the symptoms of motion sickness, and has been found to be safe and effective in the treatment of morning sickness during pregnancy. Ginger extracts have also been shown to have anti-tumor effects on cells. Gingerols, the main active components in ginger, powerful antioxidants, and the compounds responsible for its distinctive flavour, may also inhibit the growth of human colorectal cancer cells. In addition to it’s immune boosting powers, ginger can help promote healthy sweating, which can be helpful during colds and flus. Go ginger!
carrot apple ginger smoothie
- 2 carrots scrubbed and peeled if desired, cut into chunks
- 1 apple cored and sliced into quarters
- 1 chunk of fresh ginger about the size of your thumb peeled
- 1 lemon juiced
- 2 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1 - 1 1/2 cups cold water
- Place all ingredients into the jar of a blender with one cup water.
- Blend on high speed until smooth.
- Add more water to thin smoothie if desired.
- Serve immediately.
Originally published September 2014