Sunday, February 26, 2012

Blueberry Carrot Top Smoothie


Blueberry Carrot Top Smoothie recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen


Did you know that you can eat the green leafy carrot tops? I'm not sure I'd want to dive right in and take a bite of a carrot top, but in a smoothie? Yes, please! I've been loving all the carrots in our Chow Boxes. I simply toss the tops in a freezer bag and then include them in future smoothies. Plenty of fruit in a smoothie can hide plenty of greens.

My boys were thrilled to be my taste testers for this smoothie. I made the smoothie extra thick, because they wanted a smoothie they could eat with a spoon. Blend completely and then adjust the thickness with extra juice or water if you prefer a thinner smoothie.

Blueberry Carrot Top Smoothie recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Blueberry Carrot Top Smoothie
(printable recipe)

1/2 cup orange juice, plus water or more juice if needed
Green leafy tops from about 1/2 lb of carrots (see pic above - approx one full handful)
2 small bananas
1 1/2 cups blueberries
optional: 1 tablespoon chia seeds

Layer the orange juice, carrot tops and bananas into the blender. Puree until completely smooth. Add the blueberries and blend again until smooth. Add chia seeds if desired and pulse to combine. Enjoy!

Makes (3) 10 ounce smoothies

7 comments:

  1. Another creative smoothie. If I recall correctly I tried either carrot or radish tops in a salad and it was fantastic.

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  2. Can't wait to try this recipe ! Love the color! :)

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  3. I would have never thought of putting the carrot tops into a smoothie. Great idea!

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  4. I just tried this recipe (it's my first green smoothie!). Delicious. Added flaxseed instead of chia. I'll be back for more ideas.

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  5. This is just gorgeous! I am totally going to make this version! My kids would devour this one!

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  6. just made carrot top smoothie but the taste is chuncky from the green tops had to add orange juice but didn't seem to dilute it have to experiment a different kind of green juice lol;)

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    1. It's possible that the blender simply wasn't powerful enough to puree it, or it wasn't blended for long enough. It shouldn't have been chunky at all and even my pickiest kids don't taste the green in this one. I'm sorry to hear that the smoothie turned out poorly for you.

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