Happy new year!
I wonder how many searches the word “diet” will get today?
So I’m not going to go overboard and say this tastes exactly like cake, because I’m pretty sure you’re not that gullible, but it is carrot cake inspired, *very* delicious, AND doesn’t really taste healthy at all.
I made three last week.
One of the best ways to ram a bunch of nutritious ingredients down your throat (or your kid’s throat) is to make a smoothie. It just is. I usually make smoothies 5-7 days a week. Doing this allows me to get my veggies in (a wide range of veggies at that!) without having to eat salads all the time. (Nothing against salads–I absolutely love them–but they get old.)
So here’s a way to get a bunch of vitamin A into my body, along with some other good stuff like protein and omega 3’s, to name just a few.
Here are my notes:
–Soaking the walnuts is supposed to make them more easily digestible. I soak them so my smoothie will be creamier, but you don’t have to.
–I also soak my dates in water overnight so they blend better. I do have a powerful blender now, so it is not completely necessary, but if you have a cheaper blender, you might want to try it. I just soak the walnuts and dates in a bowl on the counter overnight, then I drain the water off in the morning.
–You can substitute any seeds you’d like for the flax.
–The orange zest is great if you have it, but not crucial.
–Adding ice increases the amount of the smoothie, but it also dilutes the flavors a bit. I add ice mostly so it will be super cold. With my new Blendtec blender, sometimes the friction of the blades can warm the smoothie up too much, and I like my smoothies cold.
–You may need to add a little extra liquid depending on how powerful your blender is. You can use water or almond milk.
–So if you or your child want it a little sweeter, just add a little honey or maple syrup.
- ¼ cup almond milk (Or more if your blender gets clogged or is slow moving)
- ½ cup organic Greek yogurt
- 1 frozen banana
- 3 medium raw carrots chopped into bite size pieces (I leave peeling on if organic)
- 2 pitted Medjool dates or other dates (I soak mine overnight to blend better)
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup walnuts, soaked overnight in water, then drained
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon flax seed
- The zest of 1 orange (optional)
- Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Add ice if desired, for consistency.