If vegetable and fruit juice is your favorite beverage, this carrot tomato juice recipe can be your new companion. It fits any diet and boasts a large amount of micronutrients that can be beneficial for your health.
Are Tomato and Carrot Fruits?
Carrot is by no means a fruit. It is officially listed as a “root vegetable” that grows underground, with the stalk and leaves on the surface.
Tomato’s category, on the other hand, is far more complicated.
Tomato is to be enjoyed cooked, not raw and therefore, by this logic, should be put into the vegetable category. In the culinary world, tomato is indeed a vegetable.
However, botanists view tomato not as a vegetable, but as a fruit, which is its exact scientific category. It grows from the ovary of the tomato tree— a flowering plant— and thus it is a fruit.
Absurd right? After finding out strawberries aren’t “berries” but tomatoes are, we no longer feel surprised.
Is Our Carrot Tomato Juice Recipe Healthy?
Carrot and tomato are nutritious foods that often are a crucial element of savory dishes. Together in a beverage, they have many potential benefits towards our body:
1. Aid Immune System
Our immune system constantly fights against harmful things that enter our body in many ways (e.g. bacteria, free radicals). This is often called inflammation, and as our body goes through it, we may experience swelling, redness in certain areas.
Carrot and tomato are packed with antioxidants, which have been known to reduce inflammation. Diets rich in antioxidants can therefore, improve the performance of our immune system.
The antioxidants in this carrot tomato juice recipe are: vitamin C, beta-carotene (vitamin A), naningerin, chlorogenic acid, and lycopene.
2. Improve Heart Health
One study also mentioned that an antioxidant-rich diet is linked to lowered risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Another study in rats also found that after a diet packed with carrots, cholesterol levels in their liver decreased significantly. Rats have similar biological and behavior characteristics to humans, so this means carrots can have similar effects towards human health.
Based on these results, we believe that these antioxidants have a positive effect on cardiovascular health.
3. Maintain Healthy Eyes
Night blindness was considered a severe disease in the past, and the treatment was animal liver. Modern science has found that it is thanks to sufficient intake of vitamin A, which is also found in carrots.
Apart from this, vitamin A is known to reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration.
4. Keep Our Skin Young
Thanks to the antioxidants, inflammation of the skin is also reduced. This means less rash, redness, warmth, or even acne.
One of the antioxidants, vitamin C, is known to boost the formation of collagen, which gives our skin strength and elasticity. Sufficient vitamin C intake can potentially make your skin stay youthful for longer.
How to Make Carrot Tomato Juice
Step 1: Get the juices
Place your cut-up tomatoes, carrots, and mint leaves in the juicer and collect the juice. Add the juice to a large pitcher.
Step 2: Mix
Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Add ice to the glasses. Pour the juice in and serve.
What Can I Add to This Juice?
When it comes to juices, a sophisticated, complementing flavor profile never goes out of style. Here are more ingredients you can add to the grocery list for this carrot tomato juice recipe:
Plus, adding ginger means adding a warmth sensation and a unique, pleasant aroma. It makes any juice more flavorful and healthier.
Apples possess an abundance of vitamins and antioxidants that can boost your immune system. In terms of taste, it pairs wonderfully with carrot and tomato juice.
For a more pungent and acidic taste, green apple would be a perfect choice (and lower in calories too). If a softer note of sweetness is your favorite, choose red apple instead.
Cucumber has a poor nutritional profile compared to other fruits and vegetables. However, it is a healthier alternative to tap water.
Instead of using plain water to dilute the juice, place a few chunks of cucumber to the juicer. This green, translucent juice adds a cooling undertaste to your carrot tomato juice.
Celery juice has been getting a lot of attention thanks to its nutritional value. Its pungent, strong aroma, however, makes it difficult to enjoy the healthy drink by itself.
A better idea is to add a fair amount of celery juice to flavorful juices like this one. You can have the health benefits of celery, plus the juice has a more diverse flavor profile.
Can I Freeze Carrot Tomato Juice?
Tomato juice alone is freeze-able. Carrot juice, on the other hand, will separate and get bitter after thawing— not a good idea to freeze.
Therefore, it is best to enjoy the juice freshly out of the juicer. It only takes like 10 minutes.
How Long Does Carrot Tomato Juice Last?
For juices in general, we’d say the best experience is within 24 hours after making. After that, discoloration takes place, making your juice no longer vibrant in colors.
If color is not one of your concerns, this juice can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. Remember to give it a taste test to see if any strange flavor develops (discard if yes).
Carrot Tomato Juice Recipe
- 8 fl oz carrot juice from 20 oz carrot
- 6 fl oz tomato juice from 8 oz tomato
- 1 tbsp mint leaves
- 2 1/2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp lime
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 1/2 cup ice
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- Place your cut-up tomatoes, carrots, and mint leaves in the juicer and collect the juice. Add the juice to a large pitcher.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Add ice to the glasses. Pour the juice in and serve.
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