Carrot Cake Smoothie

No, I didn’t take a piece of carrot cake and blend it up – but that may have had the same effect! Minus the loads of sugar, of course.

I recently tried the Orange Carrot Karma smoothie at Jamba Juice. It’s made with freshly juiced carrots and I’ve wanted to make a fresh carrot juice smoothie ever since!

When I opened the pantry yesterday and realized that I was all out of oatmeal, I knew what I had to do. Break out the vitamix and get to blending.

Carrot Cake Smoothie in a Bowl

  • 1 C. fresh carrot juice (or store bought if you don’t have a juicer)
  • 10 pecans
  • 1/2 t. nutmeg
  • 1/4 T. cinnamon
  • 3/4 C. frozen bananas
  • 1/2 scoop Sunwarrior vanilla protein powder
  • 1/8 C. So Delicious vanilla coconut milk kefir
  • 1/8 t. guar gum
  • 1/8 t. xanthan gum

If you have a juicer, start by juicing the carrots [it takes approximately 5 large carrots to make 1 cup of juice].

Then, simply blend all of the ingredients together and BOOM – carrot cake smoothie. Guess You CAN have your cake and eat it too!

The extra pecans on top made for the perfect crunchy bites.

I recently read that the beta-carotene that gives carrots [and other orange veggies alike] their lovely color helps to protect your skin from sun damage. Your body converts the beta-carotene into retinol, which has skin-smoothing properties. This smoothie gets extra points for that!

Drink up – your skin will thank you.

It’s been a super busy weekend so far! I’m looking forward to relaxing a little bit today before preparing for the week ahead.

Adam’s team won their basketball game yesterday morning! He scored 2 baskets and had a few great steals too! I was definitely cheering from the bleachers.

After the game, we headed over to Subway for lunch. Does anyone else notice that you literally smell like Subway the entire day if you eat inside the restaurant? It’s not very pleasant.

After lunch we stopped at the chop shop for a much needed haircut. Clean-cut Adam is back [posing with the pottery puppy he painted on Friday night].

Then it was time for the movie theater! We saw Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. Adam has read the entire series – so I’m certain we’ll be the seeing all the movies as they come out!

How was your Saturday?

Something interesting that I read in Women’s Health?

The pistachio principle is the idea that people consume less of foods that require some effort to eat. Study subjects ate 41 percent fewer calories from whole pistachios (shell-on) compared to those that were shelled!

Very interesting and I can certainly see how it’s true!

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