I went to college at the University of Massachusetts with all the other faux-hippies back in the early nineties.
You, too? You also lived in Van Meter Dorm? Weird! Then obviously you remember a place called The Haymarket and the delicious juices and smoothies they made. They had (and maybe still have?) a smoothie called something like, “What’s Up, Doc?” which contained carrot juice and bananas and it was amazing. I remember getting that smoothie quite often in those days. Those days being 20 years ago.
Well, many things have changed since then. Now I indulge in such things like bathe daily, shave under my arms and wear supportive bras.
But it occurred to me just yesterday that this smoothie is genius. It’s a milkshake with carrots for crying out loud.
If you make this, my suggestion is not to do what I did and say, “Hey kids! Who wants a Carrot Smoothie?” You actually want them to drink this thing, right?
Instead, perhaps you could say, “Who’s in the mood for a milkshake?”
You could even be tricky and go all hard-core vegan and call it a “Mylkshake”- as they do, those plant people with their funny spellings for alterna-milks. They won’t even know there’s a “y” in there! Ha.
I realize this is dangerously close to Jessica Seinfeld territory, what with the hiding the vegetable and all, but trust me, this one is worth it.
I also realize that you need a juicer for this recipe. They sell premade carrot juice at some grocery stores, so that could work. If none of those options work for you, my advice would be to just make them a darn milkshake. Because you know, last night they actually licked that piece of cauliflower and hey, for them, that was big.
Carrot Smoothie (a.k.a “Milkshake”)
This makes enough for four good sized smoothies
7-8 carrots, juiced
2-3 frozen bananas
about 2 cups milk of choice (I like almond)
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
Juice carrots. Blend juice, milk, bananas and spices in a blender. Enjoy.