When I was about eleven or twelve years old, my Mom bought a juicer. I’m not sure how popular juicers were in the seventies, but to me, it was a really cool novelty. I loved when she broke that thing out. She’d pull any and every fruit or vegetable we had in the fridge out and laid them all on the kitchen counter. We experimented a lot. Some juices were really bitter and not sweet at all. I really didn’t like them. But, one day she combined carrot and apple. The juice was so sweet and refreshing. I loved it! From then on, that was my favorite. So much so, that I think at one point I may have turned a bit orange!

I still juice, but not regularly (the day someone invents a self-cleaning juicer…then, I’ll juice regularly). So, every so often, I get a craving for juices and bend myself into a pretzel to pull that thing out of the back of the cabinet. I almost always make this juice first. This combination of carrot and apple is still my favorite, but I’ve found that adding a bit of orange dilutes and softens the slightly bitter taste that can come from carrots. The orange really adds a freshness and brightness to this juice that I really love.

Why call this a “Glow Juice”? It’s all about the combination of antioxidants. Carrots contain the antioxidant beta carotene which turns into Vitamin A in our bodies. Vitamin A helps form and maintain healthy skin. The other important vitamin is Vitamin C. It stimulates the production of collagen in our skin. Together, this juice will have you glowing! I don’t recommend drinking much more than one serving a day. There is a lot of natural sugar in this juice and too much beta carotene will have you turning orange just like I did as a kid. It’s harmless and will go away as soon as you stop consuming the juice, but keep that in mind!

People use juices in different ways. Some do cleanses where they only consume juices for anywhere from a day to three or more days. I’ve done those juice cleanses, but, to me, juices make a better addition to a healthy diet instead of being a replacement for healthy whole foods. So, if you’re new to juicing, this is a great one to start with. It tastes delicious. See my notes below for juicing tips!

Carrot Apple Glow Juice
Serves: 2 eight ounce servings
 
Ingredients
  • 2 large organic carrots, tops trimmed
  • 1 organic Granny Smith apple, cut into quarters
  • 1 Naval orange, quartered and peeled
  • Special equipment: Juicer
Instructions
  1. Place the ingredients into the juicer according to the manufacturer's directions.
  2. Drink or place in a tightly sealed glass container and refrigerate immediately. Keeps for about two days.
Notes
Rinse your fruits and veggies well, but don't worry about peeling skins as long as you are using organic. I do peel the skin and pith from citrus fruits because they contain really bitter oils.

I love using Granny Smith apples, but use what you like best. The Granny Smith has a nice tartness that is perfect in this.

Naval oranges are in season now and taste so sweet! I love them because they are so easy to peel and have no seeds. But again…use what you have on hand!