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Easy Carrot-Mango Smoothie

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This breakfast alternative starts with carrot juice, a valuable source of beta carotene, which many juicing enthusiasts believe is best absorbed on an empty stomach. Frozen mango lends the smoothie its sweetness and smooth texture while adding vitamins B6, C, and E. Pair the smoothie with a hard-boiled egg or a handful of nuts for protein, and you've got a balanced meal to go.Tip: You can usually find fresh carrot juice in your grocer's produce section. Look for mango chunks in the freezer section of natural-foods stores -- or cut up and freeze your own fresh mango. Read more about the health benefits of beta carotene.

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  • Yield: Makes one 8-ounce smoothie

Photography: Rita Maas

Source: Body+Soul, March 2006

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup carrot juice
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1/4 cup ice cubes

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in a blender. Blend on medium speed until smooth, about 30 seconds. Pour into a tall glass (or travel mug) and enjoy immediately.

Cook's Notes

You can usually find fresh carrot juice in your grocer's produce section. Look for mango chunks in the freezer section of natural-foods stores -- or cut up and freeze your own fresh mango.

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