Fresh ginger, crisp apples, and beta-carotene-rich carrots blend deliciously in this warming, immune-boosting green smoothie.
The star of this blend, however, is ginger.
Health Benefits of Ginger
Ginger is widely known for its immune-boosting and stomach-settling abilities (ie: drinking ginger ale to settle your stomach).
It has been shown to be effective in treating nausea from motion sickness, morning sickness and chemotherapy. Some studies suggest that ginger can help relieve intestinal gas and speed up digestion.
Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties show promise for those afflicted with osteoarthritis.
Animal studies have shown that ginger may help prevent skin and colorectal cancers while also killing ovarian cancer cells.
Ginger may also possess blood thinning and cholesterol-lowering properties which may be helpful in treating heart disease.
Carrot Apple Ginger Green Smoothie Recipe
- 2 medium carrots, chopped
- 1 medium apple, cored
- 2 large handfuls of baby spinach
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger root
- 8 ounces of filtered water
Directions: Start by adding the liquid to your blender (see my blender recommendations), followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Nutrition Information: Calories: 157 | Fat: 0.6 grams | Protein: 4 grams |
Carbohydrates: 36 grams | Calcium: 13% RDA | Iron: 2.2mg | Vitamin A: 427% RDA | Vitamin C: 65% RDA
Serving Size: One.
Tips For Using Ginger In A Green Smoothie Recipe
Since I have a Vitamix blender, I just cut a piece of ginger off of a root, peel it and toss it in. I usually slice or dice it first.
I use about 1/2 inch piece or more depending on how much smoothie I am making.
If you do not have a high-speed blender, you can easily grate fresh ginger with a small grater that you’d use for Parmesan cheese or whole nutmeg.
You can use powdered ginger in a pinch, but fresh is always best.
Ginger Precautions and Warnings
Ginger may interfere with certain medications such as Warfarin and some people are allergic to it. Symptoms may include rash, heartburn, bloating, gas and nausea.
Despite its effectiveness in treating upset stomach and indigestion, ginger is not recommended for those with gallstones, ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, or blocked intestines.
Boost the vitamin C content of this smoothie by adding an orange. You’ll dramatically increase your vitamin C and add extra calcium while only adding an additional 62 calories with a medium-sized fruit.
Alternate Version With Papaya
If you like ginger, then you’ll love this smoothie. It has a dominant ginger flavor with a hint of apple and papaya.
Ginger has a variety of health benefits and has been used medicinally for centuries. Ginger is widely known for its immune-boosting and stomach-settling abilities (ie: drinking ginger ale to settle your stomach). It has been shown to be effective in treating nausea from motion sickness, morning sickness and chemotherapy.
Apples help promote weight loss. They are loaded with fiber to help keep you feeling fuller longer. You can also sub pear for the apple if you like that flavor better.
I didn’t add any greens to the smoothie in the photo. Mixing orange and green can sometimes make an unappetizing color. While it is still tasty and just as healthy, I wanted a nice orange color for the photo. Go ahead and add two cups of your favorite leafy green to this smoothie.
- 1 to 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger root, grated
- 2 small apples, cored
- 1 large carrot, peeled
- 1 cup papaya, peeled
- 1 scoop protein powder (I use NutriBiotic vegan rice protein)
- 8 ounces almond milk
Nutrition Information: Calories: 344 | Fat: 1g | Protein: 16g | Carbohydrates: 65g | Calcium: 8% RDA | Iron: 3.2% RDA | Vitamin A: 638% RDA | Vitamin C: 252% RDA
This smoothie is also a rich source of folate, vitamin B1-B6, vitamin E and K, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and potassium.
Serving Size: One. (This recipe makes a large, 32-ounce smoothie. It is a meal-replacement smoothie and not a snack. I recommend drinking half right away and the other half about 30 minutes later. If it is too much for you, store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.)