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? Just like our simple apple juice, we didn’t add any sugar to this drink. 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.
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 with fresh mint leaves and serve immediately.
This recipe includes ginger, but for a less peppy one, you can omit and replace it with spinach, and you’ll still end up with one of the most delicious juices to nourish you. Or you could try this apple juice cocktail for something a bit more boozy.
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 meaning it has a significantly shorter shelf life.
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.
As an added bonus, you can also store it long-term— up to 3 months in the freezer. If you plan on freezing it, use an airtight, freezer-safe jar for the juice, leaving about 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 (but be mindful that they are single use plastics).
When ready to use, leave the drink to that in the refrigerator or at room temperature. Once defrosted, taste the drink to make sure it still holds flavor and is all good 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 significantly more nutrients per calorie.
So, you’re better off swapping milkshakes and empty-calorie 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 don’t see sugar as the enemy. But, less sugar amounts to fewer calories, making this drink an excellent option for adding into a healthy routine. To try out other juices, check out our recipes for apple juice that explore more options.
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. Peel carrots and ginger and cut them into pieces that will fit into your juicer. Core and cut the apples into wedges.
- 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 serve.
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