This bright and citrusy smoothie is made with orange, carrot, and ginger. Packed with vitamins and nutrients, this orange smoothie is perfect for battling cold and flu season!
Cold and flu season hit our family hard this year and for the first time in my adult life, I had literally no appetite. One of the few foods I craved was this nutrient-rich orange carrot smoothie.
Made with fresh ginger, carrot, banana, and orange, it was the perfect balance of sweet and tart that my body was craving for energy and nutrients.
What nutrients are in oranges?
Whole oranges are a great source of fiber, vitamin C, thiamine, folate, and antioxidants. In fact, I recommend using a whole orange so that you get all of the nutrients (as opposed to orange juice only.)
What nutrients are found in carrots?
Carrots are a good source of several vitamins and minerals, especially biotin, potassium, and vitamins A (from beta carotene), K1 (phylloquinone), and B6. Vitamin A: Carrots are rich in beta carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A.
For even more antioxidant power, I add in ground turmeric.
What are the health benefits of turmeric?
Turmeric and especially its most active compound curcumin have many scientifically-proven health benefits, such as the potential to prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer. It’s a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis.
Blend everything up with ice and you end up with a bright and fragrant citrus smoothie that is exactly what the doctor ordered – whether you’re sick or trying to prevent getting sick!
How much ice should be added? This is up to you! I love my smoothies thick and cold so I add a couple of handfuls but you can leave the ice out to keep the smoothie on the room temperature side.
If you want to save time, add everything but the banana and ice to the blender the night prior and store in the refrigerator overnight. Then, in the morning, add in the banana and ice then puree until smooth.
How big the serving size will depend upon how much ice you add. To keep the nutrition facts accurate, simply divide the blender by four glasses.
Will a smoothie cure you from a cold or the flu?
Probably not but it’s a great way to ensure that you’re filling your body with nutrients and antioxidants to keep your immune system sharp.
Your straw is waiting.
Orange Carrot Smoothie
- 1 large seedless orange peeled
- 1 large carrot peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 medium banana
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 inch-piece fresh ginger thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- ice to taste
- Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and puree until smooth. Add enough ice to reach the desired consistency.
Check out more smoothie recipes on my Pinterest board!