The Greek Yogurt and/or Protein Powder are optional ingredients. The yogurt makes the smoothie a little creamier while I enjoy adding protein powder when I need an afternoon pick me up (I tend to feel sluggish in the afternoon) or a post-exercise snack.
Servings 4small smoothies
1/4 - 1/2cupGreek yogurtplain or vanilla (optional, according to tastes)
Combine the carrot juice, yogurt (if desired), orange, mango chunks, strawberries, and lime essential oil or zest in the blender. Place the lid on and puree (use the "smoothie setting" if your blender has one) until smooth and desired consistency is reached. Add the protein powder (if using) and blend just until combined.
If you have a high-powered blender, such as a Blendtec, you can make homemade carrot juice by combining 2/3 cup of chopped raw carrots and 2/3 cup of water in the blender and processing on the juice setting. I prefer this option because the carrot juice is 100% whole carrot with all the nutritional benefits of a raw carrot.
Another alternative is to prepare steamed carrots and puree them if your blender cannot handle pureeing raw carrots, but this option does take extra time.