Carrot and Milk Smoothie is a novel way to get those carrots into your kids. Have it yourself and you will see why your kids relish it.
skipping breakfast may seem like a great way to cut calories and catch a few extra z’s in the morning, but you’re not helping your health or your weight-loss efforts. In fact, failing to eat a healthful morning meal has been linked to obesity, diabetes, mineral deficiencies, and a host of other health issues. On the other hand, people who eat a nutritious breakfast tend be healthier, more productive, and demonstrate superior mental clarity.
Those in the know postulate that there are several reasons why people who eat breakfast are healthier than those who don’t.
- By eating early in the day, your body doesn’t go into starvation mode and begin storing fat.
- People who skip meals are famished by the time they actually eat and therefore tend to overindulge.
- Those who eat a healthful breakfast tend to eat healthier foods and consequently consume fewer calories throughout the rest of the day.
- Eating healthful foods regularly throughout the day keeps your insulin levels stable.
- People who skip breakfast tend to eat more sugary foods and snack more often than people who don’t.
However, not all breakfasts are created equal. People who eat large, heavy breakfasts such as omelets stuffed with fatty meats and cheeses or carb-filled pancakes and waffles tend to eat more calories at every meal throughout the day than their banana-grabbing
counterparts. As a matter of fact, breakfast doesn’t have to be a big meal for you to reap the health benefits. The important part is to “break the fast” between supper and lunch so that your body isn’t com deprived of nutrition for any longer than necessary.
Ideally, you should shoot for a breakfast that’s high in protein, nutrients, good carbs, and healthful fats. Though they’re tempting, avoid donuts, sugary muffins, and fast-food biscuits—these are packed with bad fats, empty simple carbs that suppress the sensation of fullness and can cause you to crave more sugar. If you don’t have the time to sit down and eat a meal, a Carrot and Milk Smoothie is a great, healthful alternative to fast foods or junk foods. In the pages to come, you’ll find recipes that are both delicious and satisfying. Feel free to experiment with ingredients, and most important, have fun!
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Ingredients for Carrot and Milk Smoothie
- Carrots (2 big)
- Skimmed Milk (1 ¼ liter )
- Cinnamon (1 inch piece)
- Clove (1)
- Condensed Milk (2 tbsp)
- Cardamom Powder (1/2 tsp)
- Cashew Nuts (5)
- Almonds (5)
- Sugar to taste
Before you start:
- Steam and puree the carrots. Set aside.
- Blanch the almonds and cashew nuts. Remove the skins from the almonds and soak both the nuts in 50 ml of milk.
- Pound the cinnamon and clove coarsely.
How to Make Carrot and Milk Smoothie
- Blend the nuts and milk together.
- In a heavy bottom pan, pour in the milk and add the cinnamon and clove. Bring to a boil.
- Add sugar and stir until dissolved fully.
- Add the carrot puree and stir well. Allow to simmer until the carrot has blended completely.
- Add the nuts paste, condensed milk and cardamom powder and allow to simmer until smooth.
- If needed cool and blend once more.
Serve Carrot and Milk Smoothie chilled wih ice in summer or warm on a winter’s day.
- If your kids are fussy about the taste of the cinnamon and clove, strain the milk before adding the carrot puree and discard the spices.