Apple Carrot Ginger Juice
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Apple Carrot & Ginger Juice

 

Fresh Apple Carrot & Ginger Juice is a mildly sweet and spicy blend of raw fruits and vegetables. It forms a light froth on top just after juicing (mmm! I like this part) and is deliciously easy to drink. Kids love it too, so it’s a great alternative to store-bought, pre-packaged and pre-sweetened juices.

Blend it fresh, just as you’re ready to drink it; this is so the nutrients don’t have a chance to up and make a run for it after they’ve been pulverized by the juicer. Plus it tastes best when it’s freshly made.

If you do end up having to store it for a few hours or so, place it in your fridge in a glass container and cover it (plastic wrap over a glass will work fine until you’ve gotten your green act together). You might prefer to sip yours as a late-morning refresher; I like to drink mine in the mid-afternoon.

Using a glass container for storage is a must, as glass keeps everything fresher much much longer; plastic does not (go ahead and test it for yourself if you don’t believe me).

Apple is…well…uh, it’s APPLE. An apple a day and all that jazz, duh! Careful of the skin though; if it looks too waxy, it’s probably been waxed commercially. Use a combo of baking soda and warm water to scrub this off first before juicing.

Carrot is full of vitamins and colorful goodness and will tint your skin slightly orange if you regularly drink enough of it. This is a healthier alternative to a spray tan and has the added bonus that it won’t stain your clothing (pretty sure this is NOT how Trump does it, however)…

Ginger is pungent and spicy and is one of the world’s healthiest foods. It’s a powerful anti-inflammatory medicine that is great for settling an upset stomach or getting rid of heartburn. Ginger Tea is a great natural remedy for those mornings when you wake up with an achy belly or indigestion.

Also ginger is one of those things that I highly recommend integrating into your diet on a very regular basis (several times a week). It’s been a major contributor to my own recovery from debilitating digestive issues and is now ALWAYS in stock in my kitchen.

Juice Ingredients (per 10 oz glass)

  • 2-3 large carrots
  • an apple (any kind)
  • 1 small finger of ginger, about the size of two chocolate wedges (ha!), more if you like it very spicy
  • a small quarter stalk of celery (optional)

Method

  1. Wash ingredients; gently strip the skin off carrots and ginger with a scrubber or veg peeler; slice and core the apple but no need to peel it unless the skin looks really waxy (treated).
  2. Slice the ingredients into small wedges and run them through your juice extractor. If you’re lucky enough to have a Vitamix (Santa, are you there?), add water to thin out the pureéd veg.
  3. Pour juice into a glass, stick in a straw (so you don’t get orange mustache) and drink immediately.
  4. You can use the left-over pulp from the extractor to cook and bake, as well as a nutrient-rich mulch for your outdoor garden.

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