Carrot juice is a really good source of beta-carotene, vitamin A, and antioxidants which all help with boosting immune function, promoting healthy skin, and aiding digestion. You can drink carrot juice on its own or mix in a smoothie. No matter how you drink it, it is a refreshing and flavorful way to add more nutrients to your diet.
What Ingredients Do I Need to Make Fresh Carrot Juice?
All you need is:
- Fresh Carrots: choose carrots that are sweet, tender, and have a bright orange color. Some varieties that are best are:
- Nantes: These are sweet and tender carrots that are perfect for juicing. They have a bright orange color and a slightly tapered shape.
- Imperator: These are longer and thinner carrots that are also great for juicing. They have a sweet flavor and a deep orange color.
- Chantenay: These carrots are shorter and wider than Nantes and Imperator carrots, and they have a slightly sweeter flavor. They are also great for juicing.
- Lemon: This is an optional ingredient, but a squeeze of fresh lemon juice can enhance the flavor of the carrot juice.
What Type of Juicer Is Best?
To determine which juicer is right for you, there are a few things to think about:
- The type of produce you plan to juice
- The frequency of use
If you are serious about juicing, want the top of the line and best rated, the Omega VSJ843 is the juicer for you.
This is a very popular juicer that is durable and easy to use. The Hamilton Beach Juicer is a great option.
If aren’t planning on juice frequently, then a machine you can use for multiple things might be a great fit for you. I own this Pasta Machine and Juicer and love it so much! I would highly recommend for both making pasta and juicing!
How Do I Make Carrot Juice?
- Wash and peel your carrots: Start by washing your carrots thoroughly under running water and peeling off the skin.
- Chop the carrots: Cut the carrots into small pieces, making them easier to juice.
- Juice the carrots: Use a juicer or a blender to juice the chopped carrots. If using a blender, blend until the carrots are finely pureed, then strain the juice through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove any solids.
- Serve and enjoy: Pour the fresh carrot juice into a glass enjoy! You can also add a squeeze of lemon juice.
Fresh carrot juice is best right after juicing to get the most nutritional benefits. If you can’t drink it right away, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
What Are The Benefits of Drinking Carrot Juice
- Rich in nutrients. Carrot juice is a rich source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants, which help to promote overall health and well-being.
- Improves vision. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a nutrient that is essential for good vision. Drinking carrot juice can help improve vision and reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration.
- Boosts immunity. Carrot juice is rich in vitamin C, which helps to boost the immune system and protect against infections and diseases.
- Promotes healthy skin. The antioxidants in carrot juice can help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals and promote healthy skin.
- Aids digestion. Carrot juice contains fiber, which can help improve digestion and prevent constipation.
- Reduces inflammation. Carrot juice is rich in carotenoids, which have anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce inflammation in the body.
Is it Better to Eat Whole Carrots or Drink Carrot Juice?
Both carrots and carrot juice are nutritious and have a lot of health benefits, but the best option depends on your individual needs and preferences.
Carrots are a great source of fiber, which helps support healthy digestion, and they are also packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and folate.
Carrot juice is a concentrated source of nutrients and antioxidants, because it contains more carrots per serving than you would typically eat at a time. Drinking carrot juice can provide a quick and convenient way to boost your nutrient intake, and it can be especially helpful if you or your kids have trouble digesting whole vegetables or can’t eat very much at a time.
Basically, both carrots and carrot juice can be healthy choices, but it’s important to consider your individual needs and goals when deciding which option is best.
- 4 large carrots
- 1/2 cup waterr
- 1 medium lemon optional
- Wash carrots well. Add the carrots and water to a blender or juicer.
- Blend or juice the carrots until they are completely pureed and no chunks remain. If adding the lemon, peel it and cut into quarters. Add it to the blender, or juicer.
- If using a blender, strain the puree through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth to remove any pulp. If using a juicer, skip this step.
- Serve the carrot juice immediately, or store it in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.
- You can also add other ingredients to the carrot juice, such as ginger or apple, for added flavor and nutrition. Enjoy!
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I haven’t made a smoothie in a LONG time. Is this all you added to it? Did the frozen berries work for the chilled (icy) portion or was it more like juice? I have to be careful and be correct the first time I introduce this to my four kiddos so it won’t be a bust;)
My berries were as frozen as possible, while still soft enough to be blended with my blender. So it was about 8 oz carrot juice, Mostly frozen strawberries, frozen blueberries, a handful of fresh baby spinach leaves, and a TBL of DHA (long chain omega 3 fatty acids..optional of course). My kids prefer it slushy to juicy, but they will drink it either way.
Thanks for this. I saw an article about the study and thought it was nuts but you have done a terrific job at pointing that out.
Hi! I have been reading your blog for awhile now, I just started juicing a little over a month ago!!! I am in love! I wrote a post about it if you’d like to see it!!!
My kids too LOVE their smoothies I make for them, and my smallest kiddo will drink the veggie juice by itself now!!!;) Carisa
Thank you for the link! I love it when kids LOVE healthy stuff!
I actually made this today and I’d say it was a success. The flavor will take a little getting used to for me, since I’ve never had veggie juice, but I still really liked it. My 3yrold wouldn’t try it, but my 18month old devoured it and wanted more. Maybe next time! I’m excited to keep trying. Any tips to lower the cost? Frozen fruit seems so expensive!
Good morning Hannah! Frozen fruit is expensive. I keep a price list for most things and my best price for frozen fruit is at Costco. I get a huge bag of strawberries for about $10, and it lasts us quite a long time.
The next best option is to freeze your own. When strawberries are dirt cheap, we freeze them. Same with cherries, peaches, nectarines, and I just froze a bag of bananas that were going bad. Make sure to first freeze for a few hours on a cookie sheet, and then place in bags. This way the fruit doesn’t stick together.
My son loves his green smoothies. I rotate the leafy greens (recommendation I read about in Green for Life book by Victoria Boutenko), adding kale, bok choy, chard, spinach, parsley, romaine lettuce – he does not mind! Plus I add some veggies too – celery, cucumber, carrots – blend everything with my Vitamix and that’s it. Delicioso! (that’s what he says!)
Sounds deliciouso! Thanks for sharing!
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I just wanted to tell you that I LOVE your blog. I am an “older” mom- having FINALLY been blessed with my one and only “birth” child in 2005 at the age of 42 (and stepmother to wonderful young men who are almost 15 and 20 yrs. older). My husband and I from the very beginning have always tried to give our son the best “beginning” we can-healthy eating being up in the top part of our list. Cameron was born when I was only in my 26th week, so it was and is especially important to us, to try our best to help him to learn to live well and carry that on into his adult life. Your blog is one that makes that a little easier, so I thank you! It’s always exciting to see another parent with the same or similar ideas about feeding/nourishing our kids, so I really appreciate and enjoy reading your blog.
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