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 basic blender and nut milk bag!
Juice in a blender!
I love when I can enjoy a large glass of fresh fruit and vegetable juice. Especially living in hot and humid Malaysia, sipping on a glass of chilly, fresh juice is such a refreshing way to start the day or get me through a long afternoon.
My husband and I have loved getting juice for a special treat for years, but it can get super expensive to buy it at the store or a juice stand. My toddler loves juice too so I've been wanting to find a cheaper way to enjoy fresh juice at home.
But to be honest I really can't bring myself to buy another appliance (in this case a juicer). I already have enough dishes to wash!
Enter in: the blender!
Guys, it's possible. You can make fresh juice at home using your blender!
And no, you don't need a high speed, super expensive blender to do it. While I LOVE my Vitamix and use it daily, any blender will do.
Plus, it's easy, cost-effective and doesn't require a lot of clean up.
As much as I'm obsessed with simple fruit juices like this watermelon mint juice, I try to add vegetables to our juice most of the time to add in some extra nutrition.
If you're new to vegetable juice, this apple, carrot and ginger juice is a great recipe to start with! Carrots are naturally sweet and pair perfectly with the sweet, tangy apple and spicy ginger. If you don't like ginger you can omit it or just add a small amount.
"Juice in a blender" ingredients
It's pretty self explanatory what you'll need to make this apple, carrot and ginger juice:
- 1 apple, cored
- 2 carrots (peeled)
- a good knob of ginger (peeled if not organic)
- ½ a lemon, peeled and deseeded (or just the juice)
- water to blend
How to make juice in a blender with step-by-step instructions
Step 1: Place all of the ingredients into a high speed blender (or regular 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!
How to store homemade juice
I would recommend enjoying your homemade juice right after making it as it will be the freshest. If you add an acid, like lemon juice in this case, you can store your homemade juice in a sealed jar for about 1 day in the fridge. I wouldn't keep it longer than that though!
Juice vs. smoothies
There seems to be a debate on whether consuming juice or smoothies is healthier. I personally think they both can play a nutritious roll in a balanced diet.
A main pro for smoothies is that they retain all the fiber from the fruits and vegetables. The fiber from the fruits and vegetables helps balance out all the sugar from the fruit and won't give you as big of a sugar rush.
Juice on the other hand has been striped of all the fiber. So if you're enjoying a completely fruit juice, you'll be consuming a lot of sugar without any fiber to balance it out.
However, some people may prefer juice for that exact reason. Due to it's lack of fiber it's less filling than a smoothie while still allowing you to consume a high volume of vitamins and minerals. If you are worried about getting a big sugar rush, stick to more veggie-based juices!
- 1 large apple, cored
- 2 large carrots, peeled
- ½ inch piece fresh ginger
- ½ lemon, peeled and deseeded
- 1 ½ 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 20gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 4gSugar 13gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 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!
Please leave a review of this recipe in the recipe card and share your favorite juice combinations in your review!