Apples, carrots and romaine lettuce together make a delicious juice that’s simple to prepare. The apples contain fruit sugar to power you through your day, while the carrots and romaine lettuce give you a healthy dose of orange and green antioxidants. The following recipe will yield approximately a cup and a half of juice. Either a centrifugal juicer or masticating juicer will be required to make this recipe.
- 1 Apple (use any color apple that you have available)
- 2 Carrots
- 2-3 Romaine lettuce leaves
- Optional: Ginger or Lemon for taste
Using a Centrifugal Juicer
A centrifugal juicer works by spinning the fruit and vegetables around its axis at a high speed. There is a sharp blade inside of the juicer which grinds away at your produce until it’s turned into water content. It’s advisable to add some lemons when you juice to slow down the oxidation process that begins shortly after the juice is extracted from the fruit and vegetable pulp. A centrifugal juicer has fast rotating blades which unfortunately heat up and oxidize the extracted juice. Centrifugal juicers tend to be more affordable than masticating juicers, but they’re not as efficient in extracting out the juice from green leafy vegetables.
Using a Masticating Juicer
Masticating juicers tend to be more expensive than centrifugal juicers and operate at a slower pace. This is because a masticating juicer uses an auger screw which slowly grinds fruits and vegetables. This has the benefit of extracting up to three times the amount of juice from leafy green vegetables like spinach, wheatgrass and kale. The lower speed at which masticating juicers operate also helps to preserve nutrients and enzymes better.
The Benefits of Apples in Your Juice
Apples are a popular ingredient in many juicing recipes. You’ll want to chop up your apples to make them easier to process with your juicer. Apples add caloric content to juice via their stored fruit sugar and are full of antioxidants that help in anti-aging and general immunity. Some antioxidants that are found in apples include:
- Quercetin – this antioxidant has been shown to improve eye health and lung function.
- Anthocyanins – a class of antioxidants that are plentifully found in purple and red-colored fruit (such as red delicious apples). These antioxidants help prevent type 2 diabetes and have purported anti-aging benefits. The island of Okinawa in Japan has the greatest number of centenarians (people over the age of 100) anywhere in the world. One of their dietary staples is the purple sweet potato, a vegetable that is full of anthocyanins.
The Benefits of Carrots in Your Juice
Our recipe calls for 2 carrots chopped down to a size where it can be easily fed into your juicer. Juicing carrots allows you to increase your vegetable intake without getting bogged down with too much fiber. Carrots are well-known for their nutrients which help with vision. These nutrients include lutein, quercetin and beta-carotene. Carrots are a good source of vitamin A and contain minerals such as calcium and potassium which are vital for everyday bodily functions. The vitamin A in carrots also helps to strengthen and add luster to hair, skin and nails. Vitamin A also helps to flush out the liver, which makes carrots an excellent choice for a detox juice recipe.
The Benefits of Romaine Lettuce in Your Juice
The romaine lettuce leaves will need to be chopped so that they can fit into your juicer. Think of the romaine lettuce leaves as a nutrient booster for your juice recipe. Carrots and apples give you a great base to work from, and romaine leaves add an extra dose of vitamins and enzymes. Romaine leaves are high in vitamin A, vitamin C as well as the B vitamin folate. These vitamins can help your immune system and even help those who have seasonal allergies.
The Benefits of Adding Ginger or Lemon to Your Juice
The final ingredients for our juice recipe are optionally ginger and lemon. Ginger is such a great overall tonic that it’s always welcome when creating your juice recipes. Ginger’s primary use is for digestive problems such as upset stomach and nausea. The underground stem of the ginger plant is known as the rhizome and can be juiced fresh as is. Try to use small amounts of ginger if you find that you’re sensitive to its taste.
Lemon is a great way to add some tartness to your juice while also adding nutrients. Lemon is known as a source of vitamin C and a useful additive to drinks when one has a cold or is feeling under the weather. Another benefit of juicing lemons is that it will help slow the deterioration of nutrients if you decide to store your excess juice in the refrigerator. Cut the lemon into thirds and send the entire fruit through the juicer, peel and all.