Orange Carrot Smoothie

We are rapidly approaching the holiday season. Life will get chaotic, with shopping and working and schlepping kids to and fro. Food choices will get poor. Very, very poor. Cookies will be everywhere!

What is one to do? How can you avoid the cookies and treats when you’re so crazy busy? It’s actually not that hard!

Last weekend, we were watching QVC. No, I’m not 90. There are times when you just need to turn away from sports and excessively repetitive news, and watch smiley happy people try to sell you stuff. This particular morning, the folks on QVC were trying to get me to buy a Vitamix blender. If you aren’t familiar with this item, it’s a high speed blender that can turn your math book into mush. Ok. I don’t know this for a fact and I’m certainly not going to try it. They succeeded. We bought it. Merry Early Christmas to me!

So I don’t know that the Vitamix will do to iPhones or math books. But I can tell you that it does a great job with all the fruits and vegetables I’ve put in it. What I’m most happy about with my new toy is that I can use  it to quickly make healthy smoothies that will help me avoid the unhealthy foods that will surround me over the next few weeks.

As I’ve told you before, the teenager isn’t a fan of vegetables, but he will tolerate them if they are ground into meat pies and pulverized in smoothies. I’ve gotten him to eat beets in a Beet and Cherry Smoothie and spinach in a Blueberry Spinach Smoothie. Now we’ve added a new veggie and fruit smoothie to the mix!

Orange Carrot Smoothie
1/2 navel orange, separated into sections
1/3 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup fat free vanilla yogurt
splash of vanilla
1/2 cup ice cubes

1. Put everything but the ice in your blender. A regular blender will do just fine. Blend until smooth. One trick I did learn from the Vitamix instructions is to start slow and increase your speed.
2. Add the ice and blend at ludicrous speed. (Bonus points if you understand my movie reference here.)

You now have one very healthy, very filling smoothie! Before you go out shopping or head off to the 300th holiday party of the season, make one. It will help you avoid the cheese and crackers, mini quiches, baby crab cakes and all the other goodies that will adorn the buffet table. Feel free to add some ginger or cinnamon. You can add a handful of oats to make it REALLY filling! And maybe this will be holiday season you won’t wake up on New Year’s Day wondering where the extra five pounds came from.


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