Don’t worry if you don’t own a juicer. This sweet and energizing Apple, Carrot, and Ginger Juice can be made at home using a blender!
I love to eat healthy. You all know that. I love sharing bright and colorful plant-based recipes with you all here and on Instagram. I love how eating plants makes me feel. I love encouraging people to cut out processed foods from their diets and instead replace those foods with whole, nutrient dense foods. I love it when people tell me that I inspired them to drink a green smoothie. I love when people try out one of my recipes. I love helping people realize that following a plant-based diet isn’t restrictive, but full of abundant, delicious options and amazing health benefits.
But I gotta be honest. Traveling all over the world and now being an ex-pat in China has cause me to view food in a different light.
In America, we obsess over food. We overanalyze every morsel that passes our lips. We count calories consumed and calories burned. We count grams of fat, protein, carbs, and sugar. A new diet is always in the works; something to provide a quick fix. The media is constantly sharing tips on how to make better food choices so you won’t feel so guilty by eating that slice of cake or handful of party mix.
Never have I talked to someone I met in India, Nigeria, or Guatemala about calories. Never have I heard my friends in Ethiopia or Madagascar talk about the workout the need to fit in or the new diet they want to start. Never have I seen adds or TV commercials advertising the newest weight-loss plan or low-calorie dessert while traveling overseas (except in Europe, that is).
It seems to me that, to people living outside of the West, food is just food. It’s what gives life. It’s what provides energy to work hard throughout the day. It’s what brings people together for celebrations and holidays. Food isn’t idolized. Certain foods aren’t deemed good or bad. Cake isn’t the devil. Pasta isn’t fattening. There aren’t hundreds of messages floating around before holidays to provide tips on how not to overeat or gain weight.
It’s just food.
Now, I know I’m making a bunch of generalizations here. I also know that so many people in the world don’t have access to nutritional education or healthy, nutrient dense food options. Yet, I find that I feel so much more at ease with food when I’m outside of America. I relax more about my food choices and see food as a way to connect with people and learn more about their culture. My mindset is just…different.
It’s freeing, really.
While I want to try to “eat consciously” (hello blog name) and treat my body well, I also don’t want to idolize food. I don’t want calories, exercise, and nutrition facts consuming my thoughts all day long. I want to view food as a gift; a way to interact with others and learn more about different cultures. I want to enjoy dessert without feeling guilty. I also want to enjoy healthy food because it’s delicious and makes my body feel good. I know at the end of my life I’m not going to look back and think, “Man, I’m so glad I obsessed over food and the way my body looked.” Morbid, I know. But true.
I just want food to be food.
About this apple, carrot and ginger juice using a blender recipe:
Well, it’s hard to segue into a healthy recipe after those thoughts, but it’s what we’re going to do! A recipe for Apple, Carrot, and Ginger Juice using a blender to be precise.
Brett and I always liked the thought of having a juicer. We love getting fresh juice when we’re out and about. When we lived in New York we even found an little juice stand that sold 16 oz. fresh juices for $3, which was amazing! Now that we live in China, and the produce is so cheap, we’re considering getting a juicer. But before we take the plunge, I wanted to see if it was possible to make juice without a juicer. Turns out it is!
While having a cold-press juicer would probably provide you with more nutrients in your juice, making juice with a blender is a great option for people who don’t want to invest in a juicer or only want to enjoy juice occasionally. This Apple, Carrot, and Ginger juice is a great recipe for making juice in a blender. It’s quick and simple to make, sweet from the apple and carrots, and super zippy from the lemon and ginger. It’ll make you feel refreshed and energized!
How to make Apple, Carrot and Ginger Juice in a Blender:
Here’s what you will need:
Step 1: Place all of the ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
Step 2: Using a nut milk bag or very fine strainer, strain the blended mixture to remove the pulp. To do this, place a nut milk bag inside of a large pot or bowl and pour the carrot/apple mixture through the bag. Using your hands, squeeze the bag until all the juice has been removed and only the pulp remains.
Step 3: Pour the fresh juice into two glasses and enjoy!
- 1 large apple, cored
- 2 large carrots, peeled
- 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger
- 1/2 lemon, peeled and deseeded
- 1 1/2 cups filtered water
- Place all of the ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
- Using a nut milk bag or very fine strainer, strain the blended mixture to remove the pulp. To do this, place a nut milk bag inside of a large pot or bowl and pour the carrot/apple mixture through the bag. Using your hands, squeeze the bag until all the juice has been removed and only the pulp remains.
- Pour the fresh juice into two glasses and enjoy!
Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 79Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 36mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 4gSugar 13gProtein 1g
Nutrition information is a rough estimate provided by Nutrionix and should be used for informational purposes only.
What are your favorite juice combinations? I’m hoping to try out some more juice recipes using my blender, so any inspiration you can provide would be greatly appreciated!
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