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 and pulled any and every fruit or vegetable we had in the fridge and laid them all out on the kitchen counter. We experimented a lot. Some juices were really bitter and not sweet at all. I didn’t like them, but I drank them. I figured, at some point, my Mom would get the combination right and they’d taste amazing! OK, so I hoped so anyway. Well…perseverance does pay off. 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’d love to do one of those cleanses and actually, I’d planned on doing one after the holidays…but…I’ve decided to eeeeease back into my healthier ways and just replace one meal a day with a juice. For now. So, if you’re interested in juicing either as a meal replacement or just as a healthy snack, this is a great one to start with. It tastes delicious and is a great first step. Check back here soon. I plan to share a few more juices that I think you’ll love. See my Notes below for juicing tips!
Carrot Apple Glow Juice
2 large organic carrots, tops trimmed
1 organic Granny Smith apple, cut into quarters
1 Naval orange, quartered and peeled
Special equipment: Juicer
Place the ingredients into the juicer according to the manufacturer’s directions.
Drink or place in a tightly sealed glass container and refrigerate immediately. Keeps for about two days.
Yields about 16 ounces or 1 serving.
- 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 from citrus fruits because they contain really bitter oils and because they are so heavily sprayed.
- 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!
- My good friend Jen from Savory Simple gave me a fantastic tip! She juices lots of stuff while she’s got the juicer out and stores the juice in glass containers. I love this idea (she’s kind of brilliant). Any of you who know how hard it is to clean that juicer (arrrgh!) will love it too!