Carrot smoothie

A carrot smoothie is rich in beta-carotenes; they are profoundly important for our wellness.

Smoothies in general are often quite high in natural plant-sugars; it is a good idea to take a short walk afterwards, or your blood glucose may shoot into the stratosphere if you are insulin resistant.

After exercise those sugars are sucked up by the liver after being absorbed and instead turned into glycogen.

Carrot smoothie and stick blender.

To test is not difficult; two pricks of the finger. Borrow a glucometer, enjoy a carrot smoothie and measure your blood-glucose half an hour later, after sitting at your computer. Repeat again on another day after a short walk instead; what is the difference?

A random blood-glucose test should be less than 7.8, or 200 in America; that means you ought to be evaluated by the doctor.

This simple test could literally save your life; the virus is targeting those who are insulin-resistant. Smoothies without exercise could actually contribute to your demise.

Having said that I enjoy a smoothie most mornings despite being pre-diabetic. I make sure I am very active after all sweet or starchy meals.

Ingredients

  • 1 large carrot, scrubbed and chopped
  • 1 TBSP of coconut-milk
  • 1 whole peeled-orange, including the pulp; get any pips out
  • A squirt of freshly-squeezed lemon or lime, and some of the zest
  • A small chunk of freshly-peeled ginger
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 banana
  • 1 tsp of natural-honey
  • Water as desired to dilute

Go for it

Toss all the ingredients into a tall container and use a stick-blender.

Do not strain it; the pulp is an excellent prebiotic.

Take a ten-minute walk.

Beta-carotenes

Beta-carotenes contribute in many ways to our well-being, not least of which is good eyesight, a clear skin and a normal immune system; they will give us protection against invading viruses and bacteria. That is not unimportant in these times.

They also contribute by giving us protection against malignant-tumours; in short, carrot smoothies are not small beer. We call them functional foods; they promote wellness and help prevent disease.

Without beta-carotenes from our food we would will literally die; whilst a total deficiency is rare since they are found in many vegetables and fruits, a moderate shortage is really very common because of a lack of sufficient yellow and orange dishes in Western nutrition.

The beta-carotenes in your carrot smoothie are converted to vitamin A.

Once you are in the groove you can make most smoothies in five-minutes or less. Drop in a leaf of arugula or parsley for a variation. I am firmly committed to the understanding that we either take a little time to prepare nutritious food, or we spend far more consulting doctors and swallowing pills.

For heaven's sake do not think you can cheat on the five-minutes and swallow your beta carotene in a pill. Let your food be your medicine, said Hippocrates. He was correct then and it is still relevant today.

Natural honey

Runny honey compared with the crystallised or set version.

Natural honey alas is difficult to get unless you know a small keeper; the stuff you find in the supermarket is a poor shadow of the real McCoy, highly-refined and often adulterated. It has over 30 phytonutrients plus substances from the flowers added by the bees contributing to our wellness.

But it does contain simple sugars; I recommend no more than perhaps three teaspoons a day unless you are physically very active. 

You can use liquid, runny honey or the crystallized version in your carrot smoothie.

Ginger and turmeric

Ginger and turmeric are included in your carrot smoothie for a very important reason. They help us control blood-sugar; if we enjoyed them daily in our food we would be far better off, and it is so easy.

Turmeric for inflammation, and in your carrot smoothie.

As I write on 5th August, 2020 we are in the midst of rheumatic fever week. Just like the extreme cytokine storm after exposure to the coronavirus, it is this same abnormal immune reaction to the streptococcus bacterium that upsets the applecart. It is a common complication of those living with raised blood-sugar.

Enjoying ginger and turmeric with your food, and taking a short walk after starchy meals is an important part of the solution.

Rheumatic heart disease kills an estimated 300,000 people every year, and the current respiratory virus has already doubled that; avoiding refined carbohydrate is an important link in the equation.

Prebiotics

Whatever you do, not not strain or filter your carrot smoothie. All that fibre is a very important prebiotic for the bugs in the colon; it passes through the small intestine undigested and becomes food for the normal flora, those teeming billions of bacteria, viruses and yeasts in the lower bowel that are indispensable to sparkling well-being.

If you insist on it being very smooth, then just blend it for a little longer.

Your carrot smoothie is high in natural sugars so take a short walk after breakfast; or park your car at the far end of the lot and use the stairs.

Breakfast enriched with something like this carrot smoothie will give you plenty of energy and nutrients for the day. The fibre will also help keep you regular; those who suffer from constipation will know what I am talking about.

Carrot smoothie

A carrot smoothie is a great way to start the day.

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