In my last blog post, I shared my set of intentions for 2019. One of those goals included making more fresh juice because having it in the fridge helps me make healthier eating choices.
I got my Breville juicer a couple years ago and for a while, I would make weekly batches and enjoy juice nearly every morning. Sometimes it was a full-on breakfast substitute, sometimes I’d have a small glass with my meal. It eventually became too challenging simply due to the size of our kitchen. There just wasn’t enough room for me to make juices while also cooking dinner or meal-prepping. Fast forward to this month when I unpacked and found a perfect home for my beloved juicer!
So what do I like to prepare? Well, my mom, who makes fresh juices a couple times a week, was kind enough to share her recipe for a delicious spicy carrot blend. She always preps a few varieties when I’m home for a visit and this is by far my favorite.
Spicy Carrot, Orange, Celery Juice
+ 6 medium carrots
+ 2 whole celery hearts
+ 2 large oranges
+ Approx. 2 square inches of unpeeled fresh ginger
Now, you could totally get a delicious juice by throwing any combination of these veggies and fruits into a juicer, but what makes this version really sing is the ratio of the ingredients. It’s got the perfect amount of zing thanks to the ginger and the celery tones down the sweetness of the oranges.
Pro-tip from my mom: the pulp that’s leftover in the juicer is great for composting. Pro-tip from my husband: don’t put the pulp down the kitchen drain!
I do want to be super upfront that I don’t drink fresh juices as part of any “detox” plan or to cure some ailment. It won’t. I mean, does it make me feel better and more energetic? Absolutely! Do carrots contain antioxidants that are great for fighting off free radicals and inflammation? Certainly! There are definitely great benefits that shouldn’t be overlooked, but I approach juicing mainly as a delicious and enjoyable way to get additional vitamins and nutrients. Happy juicing!