Things That Make Me Happy:
1. Checking tasks off of my to-do list.
2. A clean house.
3. When I have to wake Meghan up from her nap and she’s still so sleepy she lets me rock her.
4. New clothes.
5. Finding fun home decorating ideas on Pinterest. (Can you say obsessed?)
6. Holding hands with my husband.
7. Putting something like carrots in a smoothie and having Meghan say, “Mmmmmm Mommy, this is good!”
It’s the little things, right? This smoothie is delicious enough to be a dessert, but healthy enough to be served for any meal or snack. It’s a uniting smoothie, too. Everyone in your family will like it from the vegetable haters to the vegetable lovers.
I know in yesterday’s post I said I was hanging on to summer and not ready for fall. Yet here I am featuring a recipe with some decidedly fall flavors: cinnamon, ground ginger, and nutmeg. The thing is, carrot cake is a dessert you can enjoy all year round. Wouldn’t you agree?
You’ll also notice I’ve added some raw oats to my smoothie. They are optional, but create a more substantial smoothie and boost the fiber.
I used a Vita-mix for this smoothie. It pulverized those carrots. If you don’t have a high-powered blender, I have a few suggestions for you to create this smoothie. You could shred the carrots first to make them easier to break down. Alternatively, you could used cooked carrots; I think this would be a great use for leftover cooked carrots. Either way, you need to give it a try!
Carrot Cake Smoothie
Makes 2 large smoothies
1 cup milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup rolled oats (optional)
3 carrots, cut into chunks (or see options above)
1 large banana
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1-2 tablespoons honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup, to taste (optional, not pictured)
ice (you don’t need ice if you have a frozen banana and/or frozen almond milk)
Put everything except the ice into the blender. Blend until smooth (you’ll want to blend longer than usual to get rid of any graininess from the carrot). Add the ice and blend again until smooth.
The banana sweetens this up nicely (and you can’t taste it), so you don’t really need any added sweeteners. But if you’re in the mood for an extra-sweet treat, add a little of your favorite sweetener to the blend.
I hope this smoothie makes you happy. Keep smiling!