19 March 2008

Raspberry, Carrot & Basil Smoothie

 

There are just too many colds and viruses floating about just now, so I am trying to make sure my intake of fruit and veg is quite high.

Smoothies are the perfect way to supplement your daily portions, so without further ado, here is my latest effort!


Raspberry, Carrot & Basil Smoothie

2 carrots
3 cups frozen raspberries
1 apple
1 handful fresh basil leaves
1 tbsp maple syrup
3 cups water


Peel and chop the carrots and apple. Add all the ingredients to a blender and whizz until smooth. If you are using fresh raspberries, you probably won’t need so much water. The frozen raspberries make the smoothie into a very thick thickie, so add the water as you need it.


































This smoothie has the tartness of the raspberries and is lovely and rich. The carrots and basil are very understated, but they are there! And, what a gorgeous colour it is!

I was sneaky and passed this smoothie to Graham, pronouncing it as a raspberry smoothie. There is no way he would have considered trying it if I had listed all the ingredients. It worked a treat and he loved it! I did tell him later and I think he will be happy for me to add carrots from now on. Yay! A success!




26 comments:

  1. Lovely photos Holler, this sounds like one my Husband would love, so shall star it for him!

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  2. Will you tell him about the carrots first, Pixie?

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  3. I'd never think to combine this particular mix of ingredients, but it sounds DELICIOUS. I love mixing fruits and vegs together in a juice or smoothie. And I just happen to have frozen raspberries in the house. . .thanks!

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  4. You must have one monster good blender! It sounds particularly yummy with the basil leaves!

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  5. Yay, what good timing Ricki!

    Hi Davimack, I do have a good blender! My last one broke and I just couldn't do without it, so I treated myself to a new one. It wasn't too bad, price wise at £40 and it is bigger, more powerful, has a glass jug and a ice crushing setting! Love it!

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  6. This sounds so good, Holler! I love the color and I love the fresh basil! YUM! It is smoothie time, that is for sure!

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  7. It's definitely smoothie time Jenn!

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  8. Cleverly adding carrots! I like the photo looking down into the blender before you hit the button!
    Basil and berries are a great combo!

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  9. Hi Deb,I have fun taking photos, but only when there is plenty of daylight, which is limiting at the moment!

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  10. That smoothie looks nice and cool and refreshing.

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  11. The photos are gorgeous... can't wait to introduce my blender to these ingredients.

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  12. Don't you just feel great when you start your day with a fresh smoothy?

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  13. oh you are truly speaking my language - I love apple carrot and beetroot juice but raspberries takes it one step higher towards smoothie nirvana!

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  14. Hi Kevin, It was and it was still slightyly tart, yum!

    David reminded me that not all blenders are as powerful, so go easy with the carrots, ShellY.

    Hi Nina, I am not a morning person!

    I bet the colour is even more superb with the beetroot Johanna

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  15. lol, "thickie." Sounds like a very healthy smoothie well worth a try with a lot of interesting flavors going on!

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  16. We all need a boost of health consciousness Holler..sounds delish:D

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  17. Add some vodka and you have a great summertime cocktail!

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  18. What a glorious post...perfect for my grey and rainy day! I need some springtime around here!

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  19. Hi Mike, The thickies are good, a new experience,as it goes down icy cold!

    Hi Val, I am trying to ward off all sorts! I am hoping it will instill me with some energy, any day now!

    Ohhh! Don't tempt me Lisarene!

    Hi Ruth, I am with you on the weather and yay, at last, I have a pasta dish ready to post for next week and presto pasta!

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  20. we drink smoothies almost every morning...never considered veggies though...just frozen fruit, yogurt, flax, banana, and OJ...yours looks yummy!

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  21. Gorgeous colour, Holler. And as for not telling Graham about the full ingredients list - hey, what they don't know won't hurt 'em ;-)

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  22. What an intriguing blend of flavours Holler. You are really mastering the art of smoothies! Love your pictures.

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  23. Hi Mary, I have heard of flax used before, I will have to look into that!

    Hi Jen, Yep, What they don't know....

    Thanks Lisa, I am pleased with the lovely colurs. I managed to take the shots during the day, while there was some sumlight.

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  24. Interesting combo of ingredients - sounds delicious! I'll have to try it soon. Beautiful photos too!

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  25. Hi Chow Vegan, that was a nice comment! Have a try of the smoothie! I am going to have one tonight!

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  26. Great combination of ingredients! I've never tried basil (or any other herb I don't think) in a smoothie before.

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