ABC (Apple, Blueberry & Carrot) Smoothie

You'll need a good blender for this one: my mother gave me the Nutri Ninja Pro recently, which I really like.  It's a single-serving blender with a powerful little motor that pulverizes pretty much everything (I'm not a fan of juicing, since it removes the natural fiber from the fruits and vegetables, and our bodies need that stuff).  The result of this recipe is NOT a milkshake consistency: it's kind of chewy (should I call this recipe a "Chewy"?).  That's the fiber...and it's very good thing.  I use filtered water, and not coconut water or nut/soy milks, because these can add large amounts of sugar (and no one needs more empty calories).  Smoothies are a great way to work fiber into your diet if you're having dental issues and can't really chew much.  Also, it's an effective way to get nutrients into yourself if you have little appetite during an illness.

Serves: 1


1 carrot, peeled
1/2 medium apple, washed (skin on)
Wild blueberries (frozen)
Filtered water


Rough-chop the carrot and apple, and place them in the blender.  Add wild blueberries and walnuts to the "fill line" on a single-serve blender cup (if you overfill, you'll have a sticky mess on your hands!)  Add enough filtered water so the smoothie will be "drinkable" (as opposed to needing a spoon to eat it).  You can always add more water at any time as you go along.

Screw the lid on (the lid has the blade built in), carefully invert to make sure you have the lid on tight and liquid isn't leaking out, and pulse until the smoothie is completely blended. Many blenders are loud enough to wake the dead, so I like to wear earplugs while running mine.  

Pour into a glass and enjoy!