Carrot juice is great on its own, or used in combination with apple juice and greener vegetables such as celery or kale stems.
Here are a few of my favourite recipes.
This recipe makes a lovely fresh juice that is naturally sweet and so smooth it's almost creamy.
Recipe makes approx 8oz, one cup, or 250ml.
In the winter I like to add ginger and lemon to my carrot juice to give it a bit of a kick, and help keep those pesky colds away!
You may prefer this with less ginger, if your not sure just start with a tiny piece - you can always add more.
This V8 Juice recipe uses carrot juice as the base, rather than the traditional tomato juice.
Some juicers handle greens better that others. Masticating juicers will chew through them with ease. To help prevent centrifugal juicers from jamming up alternate juicing leafy greens with firmer vegetables like carrots and celery.
Have a go at making your own carrot juice recipes. Carrots can be juiced with apples and other vegetables to make a sweet nutritious juices.
Carrot juice is an excellent source of soluble fibre which is good for the heart and helps stabilise blood sugar. The juice is said to kill off bacteria and viruses, and has been used successfully in many cancer cures. It helps remove toxins from the body, and improves the health of the liver and the digestive tract.
Carrots are nearly 90% water! Carrot juice gives most of the benefits of whole raw carrots, without all the chewing and munching. Juicing removes insoluble fiber making the juice easy to digest.
Insoluble fiber plays an important part in the health of the digestive tract, and helps to remove toxins from the body. Juices are often consumed as part of a healthy balanced diet that is naturally rich in fiber, from whole fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains.
Juice fasting is an exception to the above, where juices are consumed as the only source of food for one to several days.
For raw carrot nutrition facts go to the USDA National Nutrient Database and enter "raw carrots" into the search box. Lots of numbers there, but here is the summary:
Carrot juice is an excellent source of:
Vitamin A in carrots is in the safe form of beta-carotene which the body converts to actual Vitamin A as required.
It also contains:
Plus smaller amounts of:
A good source of minerals carrot juice is high in:
and contains small amounts of:
While carrot juice is mostly water and carbohydrate it also contains small amounts of all the amino acids (protein).
A glass of carrot juice made from the above recipe with 4 large carrots (300g) contains approximately 120 calories.
A 8oz glass of fresh raw carrot juice each day is a tasty way to help improve and maintain your health.
So which is the best juicer for carrots? Well that depends on both your budget, and how many carrots your planning on juicing at a time!
You can make lovely carrot juice with a masticating juicer, but you do need to slice large carrots up to fit in the feed tube. If you don't mind a bit of chopping and would like a machine that is and quiet and easy to clean then a masticating juicer works well.
However if chopping up vegetables isn't your thing I'd go for something like a Breville Juicer: A centrifugal juicer with a wide spout so that whole carrots can fit in. It's easy to make lots of carrot juice quickly, but a lot noisier and a bit messier to clean up.
Need more advice? Visit my Best Juicer page to learn more.
Creating your own fresh juice is fun, and I recommend you begin by following a recipe. This way the juice is more likely to taste delicious, and you'll want to keep on juicing:)
For lots of recipe ideas check out "The Juice Suggester - Juice Recipe Software". This handy tool gives you recipes for whatever fruit and vegetables you've got around the house, and you can print out the list to take shopping too!