This is the perfect time of year to start thinking about making permanent lifestyle changes. Not diets, but small changes in your lifestyle that will last forever. This Detox Carrot Drink will be that first step in the right direction!
This time of year is the most popular time for juice cleanses, low carb restrictions and other diets that promise huge results in a short amount of time. They might work for the short term, but inevitably most people gain the weight back. Some even gain MORE weight back because they were feeling so deprived. I am a huge fan of eating everything in moderation, but I also believe that the beginning of a new year is a great time to reevaluate health habits. I am not advising to drink this juice (and only this juice) all day for a week with no food. That is too restrictive and most likely leads to overindulging once the “cleanse” is over. This juice makes the perfect supplement to a clean eating lifestyle.
With all of the vitamins and minerals in this juice it also acts as an immune system booster. And with all the sickness and flus going around, we all could use something to boost our immune systems. Germs are everywhere these days, especially when you have kids. Sigh… I need to drink this STAT!
- 9 carrots, you can peel if you'd like but I keep them unpeeled
- 1 orange, peeled
- 1 apple
- ½ lemon
- ½ inch turmeric root
- ½ inch ginger root
- 1 teaspoon raw apple cider vinegar
- Place everything in high speed blender or juice and pulse to desired consistency. If you are not using a juicer, you might need to add a little water or even almond milk to get it to pulse.
Serving Size 1 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 407 Calories from Fat 5
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.6g1%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Total Carbohydrates 100.8g34%
Dietary Fiber 22.3g89%
Isn’t this so pretty? Well it’s also super god for you.
Carrots are loaded with Vitamin A and beta carotene which are loaded with antioxidants and help to fight off free radicals.
Oranges are packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants that help support your immune system and also gives you glowing skin. With the cold winter air, I totally need some help with my skin these days.
Apples are filled with dietary fiber that helps keep you full. They also contain phytonutrients that help regulate blood sugar levels.
Lemons are also loaded with Vitamin C and other flavanoids that help boost the immune system. They also also alkalizing, which means that they help to restore the body’s pH. I drink a cup of warm lemon water most mornings before I eat anything or drink any green tea.
Turmeric is also a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. I can’t say enough about turmeric. It’s down right awesome.
Ginger is a strong anti-inflammatory as well and has shown to boost energy levels (who couldn’t use that?!) Ginger also helps aid digestion and helps settle an upset stomach.
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is probably my favorite all around immune system booster. Apple Cider Vinegar is a powerful antimicrobial and has proven to kill some forms of bacteria. It has also shown to help regulate blood sugar levels, which is helpful to diabetics. Lastly, it also can aid in losing weight too. I take 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and dilute it on 6-8 ounces of water whenever I need a boost to my immune system. I am not going to lie and tell you that it tastes delicious, that’s why I dilute it in water. There ARE people that do shots of this, guys! Not me. But it works, I swear by it.
This juice will help get you back on track, reduce bloat and help fight off those germs. It also taste delicious too (which is always a bonus!) Feel free to add some stevia, honey or 100% maple syrup if you need to add some sweetness. I think it’s perfect the way it is.
Cheers to good health and to permanent changes!