Quick and Healthy Carrot Smoothie

This quick and healthy Carrot Smoothie is the perfect drink to serve on Easter morning. Naturally sweet carrot juice is a surprising hit with the kiddos, and if you call it “Bunny Juice” like we do, of course they are apt to like it even a little bit more.

Morning smoothies are a staple in our house. They are so easy to throw together and it is amazing how much nutrition you can pack into one single serving. Smoothies are also a great after school snack. If we ever have appointments right after school, they are easy to transport and drink on the way.

If you’ve never had carrot juice, it is surprisingly sweet. When paired with frozen pineapple and orange juice, it makes a delicious smoothie your kids will ask for again and again. You can find carrot juice in the produce department of any grocery store.

Of course, the beauty of smoothies is you can vary and alter the recipe to your family’s taste. If you have more adventuresome eaters, you can throw in a little spinach. If you have a ripe banana lying about, toss it in too. I love the taste of ginger with carrot, so I’ve been known to add a bit of it. Maybe it isn’t fair to call this a recipe? Maybe it should be called a starting point?

Quick and Healthy Carrot Smoothie

Quick and Healthy Carrot Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups carrot juice
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 cups frozen pineapple

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until desired consistency. Serve immediately.
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One last note: this recipe makes a full blender and serves 4. You can halve the ingredients to make just two servings.

What do you think: Will your kiddos enjoy “Bunny Juice” on Easter morning?  Leave a comment and tell me your Easter morning tradition.

Andrea has been married to Peter for 20 years, and together they have two teenage daughters. You can also find her  and her whole food recipes at The Greenbacks Gal where she finds organic deals, green steals and cooks real food meals.

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Cranberry Banana Smoothie

My daughters both love smoothies.  And my sons love juice.

So when I was asked to try Ocean Spray Diet Cranberry Juice, I was in.  Juice of any kind doesn’t last long around here and the girls are always looking for new flavors to add to smoothies.  My oldest son has already polished off a big portion of this bottle of cranberry juice.

This time, we made a pretty pink smoothie with banana, vanilla yogurt and Ocean Spray Diet Cranberry Juice.  The cranberry juice added a sweet/tart contrast to the yogurt and banana.  It made for a fantastic smoothie.

Here’s what you’ll need, but feel free to use berries with or instead of the banana.  You can also swap out any flavor of yogurt too.   [Read more...]

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Cinnamon Chip Scones and Light Iced Coffee

Ever since I first tasted International Delight Iced Coffee, I’ve loved it.  I have to be careful not to drink the whole container myself.  It’s so creamy and smooth and sweet and coffee tasting!

I was thrilled when they came out with new Light Iced Coffee.  I’m in love with the Vanilla, but it also comes in  Mocha.  And in June, you’ll be able to find it in Caramel Macchiato too.

What’s so great about Light Iced Coffee?  The fact that it only has 100 calories per serving!  That means I can indulge more often.  And I can enjoy it along side a sweet treat, like these Cinnamon Chip Scones.  It’s like having my own coffee house at home.

I’m not sure I’d ever made scones before, but these are so easy to make.  The dough comes together much like biscuits, but with the addition of an egg.

I used Hershey’s cinnamon chips in mine.  They added a lot of flavor (perfect with the Light Iced Coffee).  I also used the cinnamon chips to make a simple glaze for the top of the scones.  Super easy and oh, so good!

Here’s what you’ll need to make the scones:   [Read more...]

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshake Recipe from Disney World

I have wanted to try PB&J milkshakes forever.  Of course, I’d like to have a chance to try them in their “home” at the 50′s Prime Time Cafe in Hollywood Studios.  But since that hasn’t happened, making them at home is a great way to get a little taste of Disney.

If you’ve read this blog very long at all, you know I love all things peanut butter and jelly.  Even so, these milkshakes do sound a little strange.  But they don’t taste like blending a sandwich into your shake (which is a bit what they sound like).

They taste like a vanilla shake with a good amount of peanut butter smoothed in and a hint of jelly.  I think the amount of jelly could even be increased for my taste.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more...]

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Valentine Party! And Whipped Topping Hearts in Caramel and Raspberry Flavors (for hot cocoa)

I’m excited to be teaming up with 8 other bloggers to host the 2nd Annual Valentine Week Party! Last year’s week long event ended in a great party with 275 Valentine’s Day projects added!  At the end of this post is the linky for you to add your Valentine’s Day project.  You can add your Valentine’s projects on any of the blogs and be seen on ALL 9 of them! That’s over 100,000 readers that will see your projects!

Meet your hostesses…

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Ice Cream Cappuccino and a Giveaway

You are going to want to make this as soon as you can. It’s cold, creamy coffee goodness. Summer treats don’t get any better.

I’m pretty sure I’ve already expressed how much I love ice cream. I really, really love it. I could eat it every day, even multiple times a day.

I’m also head over heels for International Delight Iced Coffee. It’s my favorite afternoon snack break. I’ve even made ice cream with it.

But this time I’ve combined vanilla ice cream with International Delight Iced Coffee into a marvelous Ice Cream Cappuccino.

Make this one for your friends. They will love you forever if you do.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more...]

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Frozen Pink Lemonade

Need a way to beat the heat this summer?  This is the easiest thing ever.

Bake at 350 wrote a post about DIY Coke Icees that has been making the rounds of the internet.  I decided to try it, but I used pink lemonade instead of Coke.  I also made one with orange soda.  I’m thinking any kind of drink would be deliciously frosty…

Sweet tea, green tea, white grape peach juice, root beer… Endless possibilities.

To make one, just use a counter top ice cream maker.  Pour your beverage in.  Turn it on and let it go for about 20 minutes or until it looks sufficiently icy.  The End.

Happy Summer!

 

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Tea Basket

If you don’t already have a tea basket, pull out a pretty bowl or basket and fill it with your favorite teas, cocoa and coffee mixes.  It’s a simple way to do something nice for yourself.  And when a friend stops by, you can offer the basket to them to choose and then visit over mugs filled with your favorite steaming beverage.

I hope you have time to sit and relax with a cup of tea this weekend.

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Steamed Vanilla Milk and Weekend Links

Spilled milk.

Sometimes when I go to a coffee shop (not often) in the evening, instead of getting coffee I like to get steamed vanilla milk.  They use the steamer on the espresso machine to froth warm milk and add a shot of vanilla syrup.

It’s easy to replicate at home.  Vanilla syrup can be bought in the coffee section of the grocery store.  Add a bit to a cup of milk and microwave it to warm.  Then give it a good stir.  I use a little battery powered whisk I bought at Ikea for under $2.  You can see I got a little carried away with the whisking and made a mess.

Grab your favorite beverage and check out what I’ve found across the blogosphere this week. [Read more...]

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Frozen Hot Chocolate

I decided to be fancy and drag out the wine glass to drink the frozen hot chocolate.  It tastes good enough for a fancy glass.

I found the recipe on The Sporadic Cook.  Julie got it from Hungry Girl.  She used low-fat and calorie free ingredients.   My ingredients weren’t as virtuous, but the result was delicious.  I altered the recipe in a few other ways too. [Read more...]

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