I’ve become a bit of a ginger addict lately. I’ve been adding it to green juices, cauliflower rice dishes and even my morning green smoothie. Last fall, I posted a carrot-apple-ginger smoothie recipe and now that oranges are plentiful and in season, I thought I’d try the winter version.
Fresh ginger root is inexpensive and trust me, a little bit goes a long way. You can either grate it over your smoothie before blending or finely chop up a little piece of fresh ginger root and toss it in. I start with a little bit and add more to taste. I like a strong ginger flavor so I’ll usually add more then most people. If you’ve never added ginger to a smoothie, you’ll want to start with 1/2 inch or less and add more to taste.
Orange Carrot Smoothie Recipe With Ginger
- 2 oranges, peeled
- 2 large, organic carrots, chopped
- 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 to your blender, (I use a Vitamix). 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!
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.
Serving Size: One.
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Tracy Russell is the creator of the Green Smoothie Weight Loss Program, the 30-Day Whole Foods Challenge and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.