When I was young, it was a running joke that I was always sick. From September through April, you could bet I would be sick at least 2-3 times a month.
When my oldest started preschool, I felt the squeeze of knowing my kids would be exposed to every germs and virus known to man. So I did some research on what I could pump them with to combat the ick and boost their immunity.
Turns out, there’s a lot of information out there, but vitamins A, C, and D take center stage. So I decided to craft this carrot orange smoothie to give my kiddos to help them along!
Cold-busting Carrot Smoothies
Turns out, vitamin A can benefit your immune system, contains antioxidants, and helps to maintain healthy mucous membranes. Yes, please!
A quick Google search showed the vitamin is most prominent in Carrots.
Which brings us to this Orange Carrot smoothie. Carrot puree is blended with orange juice and pineapple to make a delightfully fruity drink. Kids love the sweetness, and you’ll love the health benefits!
With these super sweet options, your picky eaters won’t notice the veg. If you need more ideas, check out this post with carrot recipes for kids!
How to make an orange carrot smoothie:
Making the actual drink is pretty simple. Like with all of my veggie smoothie recipes, I start with a base of frozen fruit – here I used pineapple. Add in carrot puree and orange juice to make for immunity boosting smoothie your kids will love.
In an effort to keep the vibrant orange color, I skipped any dairy making this a dairy free and vegan. You could easily add 1/4 cup of yogurt or sub in some milk of the orange juice if you want a creamier drink. You’d also get the added benefit of bumping up the vitamin d!
If you’re making this cold-fighting drink in response to a drippy nose, I highly recommend skipping the dairy. Dairy can thicken mucus, which is no good when you’re already stuffed up.
When blending into a smoothie, I recommend using cooked carrots. Fresh or frozen varieties will blend in as well, but it might take a bit longer to get fully incorporated. I create a carrot puree and either add a few scoops or make puree ice cubes from it and blend those in.
If you have a high-speed blender, fresh carrot works as well.
Carrots are a pretty sweet vegetable, so most every fruit mixes well. My personal favorites are orange, apple, strawberry, pineapple, and mango.
The Best Orange Carrot Smoothie, Ever
Now you’re ready to get onto making this immunity boosting, vitamin-packed drink. It’s super customizable, so you can switch out the fruits and juices as stated above if desired. I like this combo best, though, because it’s perfectly sweet and comforting
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Orange Carrot Smoothie
This smoothie is packed with vitamins A and C and is the perfect drink whether you’re sick or not. Kids love how sweet it is and you’ll love it’s packed with immunity-boosting nutrients.
- 1/4 cup carrot puree (see notes)
- 1 cup frozen pineapple or fruit of choice
- 1 cup orange juice or liquid of choice
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend well until smooth.
- This recipe doubles and triples very well.
- If not using carrot puree, one fresh, peeled and chopped carrot would work as well. Just be sure to blend well.
- Other fruit choices include mango, strawberry, or apple.
So, tell me – what are your go-tos when your kids are sick? Let me know in the comments!