I really wanted to call this “Halloween Juice,” because it’s so awesomely vibrantly orange & halloween-y!
But logic took over, and I decided to call it “Orange Energizing Juice.”
Because juice is awesome.
Whenever I drink fresh juice (NOT store-bought) my body just giggles with happiness.
It’s like l can FEEL the nutrients seeping into my body & making me feel awesome.
For this recipe, you really do need a juicer (not a blender).
While I love high-powered blenders (like Vitamix) for smoothies, I like to change it up and also make fresh juices from time to time.
I get asked this question all the time, “Which is better, blending or juicing?”
And my answer is BOTH!
They are both awesome, for different reasons.
Pros & Cons of Blending:
Blending leaves all the fiber in the smoothie, which is fabulous for your gut. It also helps slow down the absorption of the sugars, preventing a blood sugar spike & crash. With blending, you’re more likely to feel full & have steady energy for a longer period of time after drinking. But, that fiber also binds some of the vitamins & minerals, so you don’t actually absorb all of them. Rest assured, you’re still getting plenty of nutrition 🙂 I like to think of blended smoothies as meals. You can make them really filling by adding extras like avocado, banana, nut-butters, chia or flax, the possibilities are endless!
Pros & Cons of Juicing:
Juicing separates the fiber from the juice & discards it. You’re left with a delicious glass containing just the juice & nutrients from the fruits & vegetables. Since the fiber has been removed, there is nothing slowing down the digestion & absorption of the nutrients. It’s like taking a shot of insta-absorb vitamins.
But the lack of fiber also means there’s nothing slowing down the absorption of the sugars, so you may also get a blood sugar spike (something to be aware of if you’re diabetic or pre-diabetic). If you’re worried about this, try enjoying green juices that use lower-sugar fruits & vegetables. They’re still delicious! I think of juices as snacks / nutrient boosters. They’re definitely not a meal replacement, but they could be a great addition to your routine. Try ’em out & see how they make you feel!
I use a Champion Juicer:
Which I really love. It’s super heavy duty & can make juice out of pretty much anything!
It can also make delicious sorbets & nut butters if you use the blank screen instead of the juicing screen.
It’s a serious piece of equipment, but totally worth it if you’re into juicing. You can save so much money by making your own juice instead of purchasing them from pricey juice bars!
Here’s what went into my juice:
Lots of orange, as promised!
You simply assemble the juicer, turn it on, and feed the items through. The fresh juice comes out of the bottom, and the pulp comes out of the tube.
You can feed most fruits & vegetables through whole, but it’s a good idea to peel citrus fruits first. Otherwise, the rind will clog the juice screen & you’ll get less juice. The rind also tends to impart a bitter flavor that you probably don’t want!
Is it okay if I call this juice beautiful??
- 5 large organic carrots
- 2 organic oranges, peeled & cut to fit into juicer
- 1 organic lemon, peeled & cut to fit into juicer
- 1 inch chunk of fresh ginger, peeled
- 2 cameo, honey crisp, or fuji apples, cut to fit into juicer
Assemble & turn on your juicer. Feed the fruits & vegetables through, alternating between soft items (oranges & lemons) and firmer items (carrots, apple, ginger).
Catch the juice underneath & enjoy right away or store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. (I like to enjoy mine with a few ice cubes to make it extra refreshing).
Discard the pulp, or repurpose it in other recipes.