Sunshine in Your Cup – Recipe
Continuing with the roots and citrus theme that we’ve been exploring, Orange Carrot Juice is a versatile, easy-to-drink juice with a taste as bright as liquid sunshine, and a delicious way to fit something healthy into your day. Kids love this juice, it pairs well with food, and it’s easy to dress up with ginger, turmeric, lime, or fresh herbs for a more sophisticated flavor. Try this instead of orange juice in the morning for a broader spectrum of nutrients; mix with soda water for a lightly effervescent, lower-sugar agua fresca that’s great with meals; or add your favorite tea or kombucha for an entirely new flavor twist. Pour this over crushed ice with lime and muddled mint for a delicious slush.
Oranges are an excellent source of Vitamin C; a very good source of fiber; and a good source of B vitamins including vitamin B1, pantothenic acid and folate, as well as vitamin A, calcium, copper, and potassium. Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A; a very goods source of biotin, vitamin K, dietary fiber, molybdenum, potassium, and vitamins B6 and C; and a good source of manganese, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, folate, copper, and vitamins B1, B2, and E. Together, oranges and carrots contain a range of phytonutrients and antioxidants including Carotenoids, alpha- and beta- carotene, and lutein.
These nutrients support cardiovascular, bone, vision, and skin health, and healthy immune and neurological function; can help reduce the risk of coronary disease, hypertension and stroke; and may help to reduce the risk of range of other diseases. Remember that juicing will remove most of the fiber, which is why we recommend enjoying juice as part of a diet that includes whole fruits and vegetables.
Recipe: Orange Carrot Juice
Makes about 1 quart depending upon your juicers and ingredients.
To make this you will need a citrus juicer, a hand juicer is fine, and a vegetable juicer of some type.Ingredients:
2 pounds carrots
2 pounds oranges
- This will make a juice that is roughly half orange and half carrot, though this can vary depending upon your juicer. You may prefer more of one and less of another, so adjust the proportions to suit your taste.
- Wash your ingredients thoroughly, halve the oranges, trim off the carrot stems, and cut the carrots into pieces that will fit into your juices.
- Juice the oranges and carrots separately.
- Optionally strain the orange juice to remove pulp to your liking.
- Combine the orange and carrot juices, mix gently until fully blended, and serve.
If you would like to add ginger or turmeric, juices these along with the carrots for best results.