Have you ever craved color? Like blueberries or purple grapes. Like a juicy orange or an orange bell pepper? Maybe a ripe banana or sauted onions?
(No? Just me? Okay, maybe I’m too much of a food fanatic.)
When your heart is hunting for something blue, cold, and nutritious, take five minutes to treat yourself to this Purple Carrot and Blueberry Smoothie.
First, have you ever had a purple carrot? It looks just like a traditional carrot, except the skin is purple insead of orange. You can often find these in the produce section of your grocery store. Occasionally I’ve seen them bundled together with orange and white carrots (parsnips) as well.
For this smoothie, do not peel your carrot. That’s where all of the nutrients (and the blue color) are! The skin can be scrubbed clean with water and white vinegar.
Toss that carrot into the blender along with some blueberries. These are the “edible paint” that’s going to dye your smoothie blue-ish.
A banana and yogurt are essential smoothie elements, since they add a creamy texture. And of course the milk helps everything blend together.
Optional add-ins: flax seeds add a nutty flavor plus protein and iron, while spinach adds vitamin C and a serving of veggies.
Blend in your Vitamix on high power. My favorite part is watching that tall carrot swirl down into the blade like a diminishing tornado. After thirty seconds, your blue smoothie is ready to be enjoyed!
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- 1 large purple carrot
- ½ banana
- ¼ cup yogurt or kefir
- ½ cup milk
- Optional: 2 Tbsp flax seeds
- Optional: handful of spinach
- All all ingredients to Vitamix blender.
- Blend on high for 30 seconds, until all ingredients are liquefied.
Optional: add-in flax seeds or a handful of spinach.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 212Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 324mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 6gSugar: 16gProtein: 12g