Boost your vision and cardio using this carrot apple ginger juice recipe that makes a reviving, low-calorie beverage. With only 4 ingredients, you can work towards better health and a better diet.
Did we mention that it contains no refined sugars? It’s a pure, crisp beverage enriched with natural flavors of carrot, apple, and ginger.
Read on to find out more about its health benefits, whether ginger is really a herb, and how to juice your own beverage.
Is Ginger an Herb?
Ginger’s properties are many and indefinite, sometimes being grouped as a spice or vegetable.
Herbs are liberally referred to as plants for medicinal or flavoring purposes. But Botanists define them as plants without a woody stem, that bear seeds and die after flowering.
Ginger has the edible portion, the underground stem (rhizome), which sprouts and shoots to produce a new plant. And though “herb” derives from the Latin word “herba” meaning a green plant, ginger’s fragrance, flavor, and digestion-aiding features earn its herbaceous essence.
Carrot Apple Ginger Juice Benefits
This carrot apple ginger juice recipe is as good as it gets, wholly celebrating natural ingredients with zero added sugar. Each component gives health benefits that include protecting the eyes, heart, and body weight.
1. For Eye Health
Carrots and their by-products are known for eye-fortifying health. Carrot juice seeps nutrition in the form of body-boosting vitamin C and sodium-regulating potassium.
But it’s most known for vitamin A that improves eye health. Increasing consumption of vitamin A-rich foods has been linked to a lower risk of eye cataracts and blindness.
Carrot juice, however, is multi-faceted as it also provides heart-promoting benefits along with apple juice, a component of this recipe.
2. For Heart Health
Apple juice is dense with polyphenols that provide antioxidant benefits thought to improve digestion and diabetes, among other conditions. Their key benefit is heart health.
They may lower the risk of heart diseases by preventing cholesterol build-up in your arteries. In one study, drinking apple juice caused bad cholesterol to grow more resistant to oxidation.
More studies are needed to back this presumption. But it may be beneficial to drink apple juice to boost antioxidant activity.
3. For Weight Loss
Ginger, too, has medicinal properties that include antiemetic benefits effective for treating nausea and vomiting. Ginger liquid, particularly, has been tested on animals to result in a significant decrease in body weight and cholesterol levels.
This study only involved animals. However, we can hope that future studies that focus on humans will present similar results.
How to Juice Ginger, Carrot, and Apple
Because it uses minimal ingredients, begin with fresh produce to get the purest, most refreshing drink. Wash ginger, carrots, and apples under running water, then pat them dry with a kitchen towel.
Peel the carrots and ginger and cut them into appropriate-sized pieces for your juicer. Also, core and cut the apples into wedges.
Next, run all the pieces through the juicer and collect the liquid in a pitcher.
Stir the liquid to combine.
Then, fill your glasses with ice before pouring in the mixture. Garnish it with fresh mint leaves and immediately serve.
This recipe includes ginger, but for a less peppy one, replace it with a juicing recipe using beets. Beets go well with the sweet flavors of carrot and apple juice, and you may find that you prefer it.
How Long Does Carrot Apple Ginger Juice Last?
Carrot apple ginger juice can last from 48 hours to 3 days in the refrigerator. Unlike store-bought juices, this homemade beverage contains no preservatives; thus, it’s more prone to early spoilage.
That’s not entirely bad news, as it signifies a cleaner beverage you can enjoy more frequently due to no additives. When storing, keep it in an airtight container that limits air exposure.
Also, avoid keeping it at room temperature for more than 2 hours. The less light, heat, and air your drink encounters, the fresher it’ll taste, and the longer it can last.
Perhaps even better is the fact that you can store it long-term— up to 3 months in the freezer. In this case, use an airtight, freezer-safe jar, leaving an inch of space to allow for expansion.
Ziploc bags are also an excellent means for short and long term storage. They’re airtight and will likely occupy less space.
When ready to use, taste your drink to make sure it still holds flavor before serving.
Our carrot apple ginger juice contains 83 calories per (6oz) serving, slightly less than a typical beverage with similar ingredients. Though it may have equal calories to a similar serving amount of soda, it provides more nutrients per calorie.
So, you’re better off swapping milkshakes and void beverages for this quick and healthy drink.
Still, don’t feel restricted. If you want to add sugar, one to two teaspoons per serving is safe enough to stay within healthy guidelines.
We believe it’s not an enemy. But, less sugar amounts to fewer calories, making our juice an excellent option for adding into a healthy routine.
Carrot Apple Ginger Juice Recipe
- 8 fl oz carrot juice from 18 oz carrot
- 16 fl oz apple juice from 20 oz fresh gala apples
- 1/2 oz ginger about 1-inch knob
- 3 tbsp peppermint leaves fresh
- 2 cups ice cubes
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- Rinse carrots and apples. Drain well and pat dry. Core apple and cut into wedges. Peel the carrots and ginger and cut into small pieces.
- Run all apples, carrots, and ginger through a juicer. Collect liquid in a pitcher.
- Pour into 4 glasses over ice. Garnish with mint leaves and enjoy.
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