While on vacation recently I read a book I enjoyed so much, I read it twice. That’s saying a lot for a girl who used to despise reading.
The book is called Modern Rapunzel by Jeanne Powers. The cover looks a little bizarre and out of touch, but don’t let that fool you. It boasts a ton of information about women’s health and natural beauty, especially for hair and skin (my top two concerns when it comes to aging gracefully – fingers crossed as 30 approaches).
In the book, Jeanne shares about a time when she got very sick and suffered from hair loss as a result, and she nursed herself back to health with natural remedies, including carrot juice. This is my kind of lady.
Carrots are loaded with beta carotene which does wonders for the body and fights off disease-causing free radicals. They’re also extremely high in Vitamins A, B, C, E and K, magnesium, potassium and calcium, and have been found to fight inflammation, relieve congestion, and protect eyesight and brain function among many other benefits. All of these vitamins and minerals boast a ton of benefits for your skin and hair.
Naturally, they’re my new best friend.
I’m not typically a big juice fan because I prefer smoothies and the fiber they provide. But, for carrots, I make exceptions.
While I was reading this book, we were on vacation in Healdsburg, California, home to a beautiful restaurant called Shed. Their coffee shop offered two fresh daily juices: one green and one orange. The orange boasted carrots. I was in.
I enjoyed an orange juice almost every day we were there, and I’ve since been making my own inspired version at home. Get ready for some good, healthy fun, kids.
This 6-ingredient, 10-minute (juicer-free!) juice is based with carrots and naturally sweetened with orange, nectarine, and apple. Lemon juice adds brightness, and ginger some zing (and anti-inflammatory perks, yo). Mint is optional for an earthy, minty vibe. Do it – you know you want to.
I hope you guys love this beauty elixir. It’s extremely simple, easy to make, loaded with vitamins and minerals, super delicious, and my new go-to morning beverage.
If you give it a try, let us know what you think! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a picture #minimalistbaker on Instagram! We’d love to see your juice in action. Cheers, friends!
Super Powered Orange Juice
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 3 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 small nectarine (pit removed)
- 1 small apple (cored and quartered)
- 1 Tbsp fresh ginger (peeled)
- 4-6 whole carrots (peeled/tops removed)
- 3-4 sprigs fresh mint (optional)
- 1-2 cups filtered water
If using a juicer, add all ingredients to the juicer and press (omit water). Otherwise, squeeze orange and lemon juice into a blender as the pulp can make the juicing process more difficult.
Next add nectarine, apple, ginger, carrots, and mint (optional). Top with filtered water (start with the lesser quantity), cover and blend until combined. You don't want your blender to get the juice too hot in temperature so be careful not to over-blend - it shouldn't take more than 30 seconds.
Drape a clean, thin towel over a large mixing bowl and carefully pour over the juice and pulp. Then gather the corners and begin extracting the juice, leaving the pulp behind. Continue squeezing until all juice is extracted. You can either compost the pulp or add it to baked goods!
Enjoy the juice fresh. Cover and refrigerate leftovers for 2-3 days, though best in the first 12-24 hours for mineral and vitamin content.
*Use organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible.
*To reduce sugar content, leave out 1-2 of the fruits (such as nectarine and apple).
*The recipe as written yields about 2 1/2 cups juice.
*Recipe inspired by the Orange Juice at Shed.
*If you're looking for a carrot smoothie, try my Ginger Carrot Turmeric Smoothie.