Carrot cake smoothie for breakfast: get your Vitamin A

Are you getting enough Vitamin A in your diet to keep your eyes strong, your bones and teeth hard and your skin glowing? If you are taking a synthetic Vitamin A via pill form, the answer is a big NO! Not only is synthetic Vitamin A extremely hazardous to your health, the only true way to eat Vitamin A directly is through animal products such as butter, liver and fish eggs.

There are, however, many plant foods that contain the precursor to Vitamin A, beta carotene. Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin, which simply put means that in order to convert beta carotene into Vitamin A, it needs to be consumed with fat. Just for example, we instinctively pair butter with our broccoli or sweet potatoes, both foods high in beta carotene.

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I LOVE this recipe! It’s not too sweet but packs a dense punch of nutrition and immune boosting spices, and is my favorite way to ensure my kids get their Vitamin A around the holidays. Perfect vegan treat, too!

Organic ingredients:

1 medium to large carrot, or a handful of yummy baby garden carrots 🙂

1 cup coconut cream

2 tbs gluten free oat flour ( way easy to make your own )

1 tbs ground chia seeds ( I use my handy coffee grinder )

1 tbs maca powder

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tbs pure ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

pinch of ground cloves

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 – 1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1 scoop GMO free protein or vitamin powder

OR

1 frozen banana

1 1/2 cups of ice

Instructions:

Blend together all ingredients before adding the ice. Once smooth, blend together with the ice.

 

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Happy birthday Austin!

Here’s where I found the original recipe:

http://www.rawfoodrecipes.com/recipes/vegan-carrot-cake-smoothie/

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