My morning smoothie routine has really evolved over the years. At one time, my typical brew wasn’t much more than fruit blended with either milk or orange juice and a handful of ice. Nothing wrong with it, but I’ve learned it can be so much better and better for you.

These days, I see smoothies as an opportunity to cram all manner of good nutrition into a single glass and to make it something that really fills me up. I’ve put everything from oats to avocados in my smoothies, have learned the importance of adding protein for staying power, and aim include probiotics of some form as often as I can. I also do my best to add a vegetable (or two) to every glass.

My typical angle for getting vegetables into smoothies comes in the form of leafy greens, such as spinach or kale, or a small handful of cauliflower (check out this recipe by way of example). But with the feel of fall in the air, I’ve been blending up a bright orange brew featuring carrot juice blended with mango, kefir and fresh ginger. The result is a good for the gut (thanks to probiotic-rich kefir), loaded with nutrients, with full of mellow gingery flavor.

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Carrot Mango Ginger Probiotic Pick-me-up

A colorful, flavor blend, this carrot mango smoothie gets a probiotic boost from unsweetened kefir along with a healthy zing from fresh ginger. 
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 236 kcal
Author katiemorford

Ingredients

  • ½ heaping cup cubed mango (fresh or frozen)
  • ¾ cup chilled carrot juice
  • 1- inch cube fresh ginger
  • ½ cup plain kefir
  • 1 ice cube

Instructions

  1. Put all of the ingredients in a blender and run until completely smooth. Pour into 1 large or 2 small glasses and serve immediately. 

Photo credit Leigh Beisch

Prop styling Mikhael Romain