Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Powerful Smoothies

Smoothies are is delicious and super healthy, loaded with antioxidants and fibers. We came across 2 interesting recipes incorporating ginger, a great ingredient to eat during flu season.

 Orange Carrot Smoothie Recipe With Ginger

  • 2 oranges, peeled
  • 2 large, organic carrots
  • ½ to 1 inch ginger to taste
  • 1-2 splashes of water
  • Ice to chill if desired
Squeeze one of the oranges into your blender to provide enough juice to help it blend. Then add the rest of the orange pulp and the second orange, both carrots and the ginger. Add a splash or two of water to help it blend and thin out the consistency. You’ll need to add more water if you include the orange pith like I do and less water if you don’t. We like to leave the pith on as it’s loaded with fiber.
Once you have all your ingredients in the blender, you know what to do – blend on high until smooth!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 196
Fat: 0g
Protein: 3g
Carbohydrates: 48g
Calcium: 17% Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA)
Iron: 4% RDA
Vitamin A: 1061% RDA
Vitamin C: 232% RDA

This smoothie is also a rich source of folate, vitamin B1 – B6, vitamin k, copper and potassium.

Carrot Apple Ginger Green Smoothie

  • 2 whole carrots
  • 1 whole apple, cored
  • 2 large handfuls of raw baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger root
  •  4-6 ounces of water
Add ingredients to your blender and blend on high until thoroughly mixed.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 157
Fat: 0.6 grams
Protein: 4 grams
Carbohydrates: 36 grams
Calcium: 13% daily value (DV)
Iron: 18% DV
Vitamin A: 427% DV
Vitamin C: 65% DV


Boost the vitamin C content of this smoothie by adding an orange. You’ll dramatically increase your vitamin C and add extra calcium while only adding an additional 62 calories with a medium-sized fruit.

Source: Incredible Smoothies

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