Yes, I know that comfort food season is upon us. Don’t worry, I have plenty of those recipes coming up. This one is for when you need something lighter than all the baked cheesy heaviness.
This one is for when you want to start your kids’ day with fresh fruits and even a vegetable. Carrots are a great smoothie vegetable because they are naturally sweet and pair great with fruit. I steamed the carrot for this one to make the smoothie extra smooth. Using raw carrots is okay, but the texture won’t be as creamy. Plus, carrots are one vegetable where cooking them actually boosts their nutritional content. Meghan and Luke generally only like raw carrots, so this is a great way for them to get some cooked carrots, too.
You can use either raspberries or strawberries. I first made the smoothie with raspberries, and I loved it, but Tim thought the raspberries made it too tart. Using strawberries makes it a tad sweeter. I use frozen fruit, which gives the smoothie a thicker, creamier texture. If you don’t have frozen fruit, use some ice to make sure the smoothie is cold enough (I can’t stand smoothies that aren’t really cold!), but again I prefer the texture with frozen fruit here. I add hemp seeds for extra protein and nutrition, but they are optional. Either way, you get a dairy-free, naturally sweetened smoothie that is a great way to start your day!Print