Today, I will show you how to make a nutrient-packed, refreshing, and delightfully delicious carrot and orange juice. This juice only requires four ingredients and can easily be made at home.
And remember, as with all my recipes, this juice is very versatile and can be adjusted to your needs. I personally like to strain some pulp from the juice to make it smoother in texture. You can also use alternative ingredients, add some extra flavorings, and adjust the sweetness.
What Do You Need To Make Carrot And Orange Juice?
In terms of ingredients for this recipe, you only need four. They include carrots, orange, ginger, and lemon. These ingredients are all very easy to find throughout the year and are relatively affordable.
And they are all exceptionally nutritious! These ingredients are loaded with vitamins and minerals that have amazing health benefits.
And arguably, the best part is that this isn’t a juice you have to force down. This carrot and orange juice is incredibly tasty and uber refreshing!
It has definitive earthy flavors from the carrots. However, it is balanced by the sweet and floral flavors of the oranges. The ginger and lemon juice both help create a more interesting and balanced flavor.
Now, the other thing you need for this recipe is a juicer. But please don’t buy a juicer just for this recipe if you don’t have one! You can still make this orange and carrot juice with a food processor or blender.
If you are in the market for a new juicer, look at this product review for some great options. And remember, you don’t ever have to break the piggy bank on a new appliance. There are great options out there that work better than their expensive counterparts!
Expert Tips And Tricks For This Carrot And Orange Juice Recipe
- The carrot skin contains a ton of nutrients. But, if you don’t like the thought of it in your juice, you can peel it.
- You can also add some lemon zest and orange zest into your juice if you aren’t going to strain it much. Only add the zest after you have strained the juice or adjusted the amount of pulp in the recipe.
- There are different kinds of juicers and blenders that will create different juice textures. However, you can always strain out some pulp if the juice has a too coarse texture.
- Do not add sweetener to the juice. Orange juice is naturally super sweet. If you do feel like you want more sweetness, add a healthier nutritional sweetener like honey or agave syrup.
- If you cannot find any oranges (because some countries only get them during some months of the year), you can always use a different kind of sweet citrus. Avoid bitter or sour options like grapefruit, kumquats, and lemons. Instead, try mandarins, clementines, or other orange varietals.
- Another refreshing add-in you can try for this recipe is fresh mint leaves. You can add them whole while the carrots and oranges are juiced. Their flavor will merge with the juice instantly and won’t disappear if you strain it.
Is this carrot and orange juice healthy?
There is a stigma surrounding juice. It often is marketed as being very healthy. But the reality is that juice does contain fruit sugar (even if it doesn’t contain added sweeteners) and is generally high in calories. The healthy thing about juice, however (when unprocessed) is that it contains a ton of nutrients, especially when you drink it with the pulp.
Should you remove the peel of juicing ingredients?
Unfortunately, most of the nutrients of fresh fruits and vegetables do lay in their peels. However, not all peels are edible or tasty. That is why I remove the peel from the oranges but not the carrots. If you’d like, you can add orange zest to the juice.
What are the benefits of drinking carrot and orange juice?
This juice doesn’t contain any sweeteners or preservatives. It is made from fresh ingredients only. It’s exceptionally high in vitamin C and also contains high amounts of vitamins A, B, E, and K. In terms of minerals, you can find magnesium, calcium, and potassium.
These nutrients can help with inflammation, protect your eyesight, and help maintain good brain function. In addition, they have a ton of other long-term benefits you can read about here.
Refreshing Carrot And Orange Juice Loaded With Nutrients
- 10 carrots
- 8 oranges
- 2 pieces of ginger (1 1/2-inches each)
- 1 lemon
- Mint leaves, optional
Prepare the ingredients
- To start, you can prepare your ingredients. Make sure they are all washed with clean water before preparing them.
- Start by removing the tops and tails of the carrots. You don't have to peel them. Just scrub them clean.
- Next, peel the oranges. Have a look at my video to see what the best technique is to use. This method also removed the pith, which often creates a bitter flavor.
- Cut the oranges into quarters and remove the inside pith (white stringy stuff).
- Next, use a small teaspoon to peel the two pieces of ginger. Once peeled, you can cut them up into a few chunks.
- And finally, slice the lemon in half and juice each piece very well. You want to have as much lemon juice as you can.
Make the juice
- Add the carrots, oranges, and ginger pieces to a juicer. Only add small amounts at a time to allow the juicer to work effectively.
- After all the ingredients have been juiced into the jug, add the lemon juice and stir it in well.
Finish off the carrot and orange juice
- These steps are completely optional and will only be enjoyed by some people. If you don't like pulp you can strain the juice.
- Allow the blended liquid to run through a fine-meshed strainer.
- Then if you'd like, add some leftover pulp back into the juice. It is a technique you can use to control the amount of pulp you have in your juice.
- Once you are happy with the consistency and flavor of your refreshing juice, serve it immediately.