I’m not a big juice person. Even when I was younger and my mom would make that canned OJ from concentrate that everyone loved so much, I would always pass. I’d rather get my extra dose of sugar from more dessert than a glass of juice.
This turned out to be a blessing of sorts. As I got older, I started to understand how bad most juices can be for you, especially the ones from concentrate. Store-bought juices have an average of 6 teaspoons of sugar in a standard cup serving, and most of those teaspoons aren’t from the natural sugars of fruits and veggies, they’re from unnatural, processed sugar that the companies have added.
But like anything, there are exceptions: find a more natural juice at the store, or make your own juice at home. The cold-pressed juice trend is huge right now, and juice cleanse programs are easy to come by. Although I don’t think I could ever hold up on a three-day juice cleanse without turning into a total monster, I do like the odd, fresh-made fruit and veggie juice.
This juice is one of my favorites to make at home because it contains just as many vegetables as fruits. I have trouble drinking juices that taste like green plants and dirt, and since these kinds are typically the ones that contain a lot of vegetables, I have to work hard to find and create juices with a good balance of fruits and veggies that also taste good to me.
This juice is high in vitamin C from the carrots, the antioxidant beta carotene, which gets converted into vitamin A, from the carrots and sweet potatoes, vitamin K from the cucumbers, as well as a whole list of other vitamins and minerals.
If you’re kind of like me and don’t really care for juice but want to get some extra healthy fruits and veggies in your life, give this a try!
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NUTRITION FACTS: Calories: 70 Total Fat: 0.35g Total Carbohydrates: 22g Dietary Fiber: 5g Sugar: 15g Protein: 2g
- 1 orange, peeled
- 1 carrot
- 1/2 sweet potato
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1/8 lemon, peeled
- 1 inch piece ginger
- Step 1 Pass all ingredients, one at a time, through a juicer.
- Step 2 Stir to combine all flavors and serve.