A zippy Carrot Apple Smoothie with a touch of ginger and lemon for extra zing. This easy vegan recipe takes just a few minutes to whip up in your blender and will load you up with antioxidants and healthy plant-based fiber and protein.
Folks, can we talk about juice?
I'm straight up not into juice. Sure I'll have a splash now and then to flavour my water, but I'm not a drinker of juice and I'm certainly not a juicer. I know that there are plenty of benefits to a veggie-loaded juice, where you'll get loads of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals in a little glass of juice, which is just great.
Buuuuuuuut, friends, have you ever cleaned out the inside of a juicer? I have, during a short stint working in an ill-fated juice bar and hippy shop 20-ish years ago, and, you guys, you throw away So. Much. Fiber.
Fiber is the cleaning crew for our digestive tracts. It keeps us regular, it helps keep our blood sugar in check, and it helps lower our blood cholesterol levels. Throwing that away? It makes me sad.
While I appreciate that juice can be dang tasty and it does have its benefits (we're talking veggie juice here, not fruit juice) I'm firmly on team smoothie. But! We can agree to disagree!
There's a middle ground, and that is the magic that I like to refer to as blended juice, or a veggie-forward non-creamy water-blended smoothie, like this Carrot Apple Smoothie with Ginger and Lemon.
Here's what we've got going on in this Carrot Apple Smoothie:
- Carrots! Can't make a carrot smoothie without carrots!
- Apples! Ditto for apples.
- Ginger - I like a big old chunk, but you do you.
- Lemon - this totally depends on your pucker factor, but a half to a whole lemon will do.
- Hemp seeds - because I gotta sneak some protein in there
- Ice cubes - to make it blend up nice and smooth
- Water - just because, okay?
How do you make this carrot apple smoothie?
Guys, are you ready for this?
Step 1: Put the stuff into your blender
Step 2: Blend it.
I don't think my blender will blend whole carrots / apples.
But if you're worried that your blender is on the flimsy side, I recommend chopping or grating the carrots and apple before they go in, then it'll blend up no problem.
I prefer a creamier smoothie.
Feel free to use a non-dairy milk in place of the water!
Do I have to include hemp seeds?
Nope, they're totally optional. But the smoothie won't have nearly as much protein without them.
Can I make this smoothie in advance?
I recommend you drink this one pretty much immediately, but if you do want to store it in the fridge for a day or so, give it a good shake or mix before drinking.
Hey Nutrition Lady, what's the deal with ginger?
What isn't the deal with ginger, friends? Ginger is a concentrated source of active ingredients, and you don't need to consume very much to reap all of the great benefits.
To start with, ginger can be very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. It can 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!
Other tasty smoothies you might enjoy:
Carrot Apple Smoothie with Ginger
- 2 medium carrots scrubbed and peeled if desired, cut into chunks
- 1 large apple cored and sliced into quarters
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger A chunk about the size of your thumb
- ½ - 1 lemon juiced
- 2 tablespoon hemp seeds
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1 - 1 ½ 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.
- Nutrition values are an estimate only
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This recipe was originally published September, 2014. It was retested, rephotographed, and updated on September 25, 2018.