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Carrot-Orange Soup

Robyn Openshaw - Mar 01, 2011 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Here's another quick recipe from Chapter 5 of 12 Steps to Whole Foods from last week. I hope you're thinking about planting a garden this spring--#1 way to save money eating whole foods, and the organic produce you grow yourself gives you such a sense of accomplishment and connection to your food source! This is a great way to get LOTS of carrots.

Convo with my massage therapist last week:

Kortni: "Hey, did you know the soles of your feet are orange?"

Me: "No. But yeah--that's carrots for you." (Life comes full circle. Remember my grandmother?)

Kortni: "Geez, how many do you eat?"

Me: "Well, one big one every day, at least, in my Hot Pink Smoothie for breakfast."

That recipe is in Chapter 10. You'll be getting a sample at my classes in Sandy, Orem, and Riverdale in the next week!

Here's another way to use LOTS of carrots, the wonderful food that might just be responsible for my long-term vision improvement. I wore glasses in college and 20 years later, I had 20/20 vision with no corrective surgery or other measures. Commit to eating mostly whole foods and get excited about really cool things like that happening to YOU!

Carrot-Orange Soup


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 12 average (or 10 large) carrots, scrubbed and chopped
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsp orange zest


  1. Saute onions in olive oil until tender. Add carrots and vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer 30-60 minutes until carrots are tender.
  3. Puree mixture in a blender until smooth. Return mixture to pot and add orange juice, salt, pepper, and orange zest. Add water if consistency needs to be thinner.
  4. Simmer until just heated through, then serve.

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Photograph of Robyn Openshaw, founder of Green Smoothie GirlRobyn Openshaw, MSW, is the bestselling author of The Green Smoothies Diet, 12 Steps to Whole Foods, and 2017’s #1 Amazon Bestseller and USA Today Bestseller, Vibe. Learn more about how to make the journey painless, from the nutrient-scarce Standard American Diet, to a whole-foods diet, in her free video masterclass 12 Steps to Whole Foods.

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12 thoughts on “Carrot-Orange Soup”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I made this soup last night and it was fantastic, my husband complimented it 3x (thats unusual) I added a bit of curry powder to it and it added an extra level of flavor so yummy. Toasted some whole wheat croutons with olive oil salt and pepper, added a nice crunch and texture to the soup. Would be great for a dinner party and oh so easy. Thanks Robyn!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is a little off-topic, but… Do you know of a good digestive enzyme supplement that you’d recommend? Thanks!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Robyn – speaking of carrots…I just got back from my first eye exam in three years. I knew my vision had changed, and was certain it was for the better…and it was! For the first time in my life (got my first glasses in third greade) my vision is going the other way! I have carrots, spinach and parsley in my smoothie everyday. I fully expect when I go in for my next exam – probably two years from now, it will be even better still. For now I gotta go…need to buy more carrots!

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      mgm, awesome!! My nearly-retired opthalmologist told me he’d seen what happened to me only once before in his career.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I started the 12 step program in January and I have been turning yellow ever since. I had a liver profile done just to be sure I wasn’t jaundiced, but I was sure all along it was the greens. Is this just a detox reaction? Will it go away?

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Teresa, I can’t advise about that, so please see your practitioner? I’ve never heard of greens causing anyone to turn yellow. What did your liver profile say?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, Spring is coming you can feel & see it, it’s so exciting. Are you able to do a posting of your general weeks that you start putting seeds & plants for greens & your favorite veggies. At least the cool crops ones you do before Mothers Day (tomatoes, etc). These are the ones that I’m not familiar about. Your going to not only turn us into Green Smoothie lovers, but grateful gardeners as well.

    PS. Are you interested in a picture of my guinea pig? He squeals’ all the time, asking for his portion of Green Smoothie when the blender is shut off. Its so cute!!! Yes and 2/3 of my kids + my husbands are drinking & asking for them too ; )

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Cam, yes, I have photos of my readers’ green smoothie dogs, rabbits, and horses….but not guinea pigs!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Guess what? I just got back from my yearly eye exam (I’ve worn contacts for about 25 years) and the doctor said, “Wow your eyesight has gotten better.

    That’s unusual. It is usually going the other direction.” I told him it was probably due to the amount of spinach and carrots I eat every day. He then said, “Oh, I doubt that. Food can’t cause your eyes to change. So, we won’t change your prescription this time, but if you have any difficulties give me a call.” He obviously thought it was just a fluke! Well, we’ll just see! Then I looked on his desk and saw a picture of his three little children and thought how sad it was that their father obviously thinks food has nothing to do with health.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Patti – congrates on the better eyesight. I had the opposite experience – my eye doctor felt it was absolutely possible that all that raw/whole food helped. ‘Our entire body is helped when we eat right’, she said, ‘why would the eyes be any different?’ I loved that. Stick to your guns, maybe find a different eye doctor, and keep at it with the whole/raw foods. I left her office feeling more motivated than before I went in, and can’t wait for my next exam, because of her enthusiasm.

  8. Anonymous says:

    It gets frustrating when the “experts” won’t admit that nutrition plays a role! I had a young girl tell me the other day that she has terrible health problems and her doctor told her it is not a questions of “if” but “when” she will get cancer. I talked to her a bit and told her not to accept that. Nutrition plays a huge role in our lives. I talked to her a little bit about Epigenetics and encouraged her to do something to prove her doctor wrong. My next plan of action is to introduce her to green smoothies!

  9. mrsbuhler says:

    can chicken broth be used instead of veggie broth?

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