Trying to get creative with your diet? Our cucumber carrot juice recipe may be your inspiration.
Is This Juice Healthy?
Yes, our cucumber carrot juice is a healthy drink.
First of all, it contains tons of nutrients from not just cucumber and carrot, but also apples, ginger, and lemon juice. There are B vitamins, anti-inflammatory antioxidants (vitamins C & A), calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium, to name a few.
All of these nutrients come with only 85 calories, 13 of which come from 1 tbsp of granulated sugar. We believe this is a moderate amount, only 7.5% of the USDA’s recommended upper limit for a 2000-calorie diet (50 g per day).
If you prefer your drink unsweetened, we have no objection to leaving the sugar out.
Can I Drink It Every Day?
As long as you take calorie and added sugar intake into consideration, we believe it’s safe to include this drink every day as part of a healthy diet. Drinking this juice can help you meet your daily intake of fruits and vegetables.
For this cucumber carrot juice recipe, you’ll need said vegetables, apples, lemons, ginger, mint, sugar, and ice, if you wish to serve it cold.
For juice-making, you can use both fresh and frozen produce. Our two main ingredients — carrot and cucumber — may not stay crunchy once thawed, but they will release even more juice than when fresh.
Still, don’t force your machine to juice a large chunk of frozen carrot or it will get stuck. Size matters.
To keep things as pure as possible, we use sweet apple breeds to reduce the need for sugar. Fuji, Ambrosia, Kiku, Gala, Honeycrisp, or Red Delicious are among the popular ones.
Ginger juices pretty much like all other fruits and veg. Simply scrape its peel away with an eating spoon, cut it into the suggested amount, and run it through the juicer along with other ingredients. This method, however, only applies to juicers with strong motors.
If yours is a masticating juicer, chances are the machine won’t be able to handle the tough, fibrous texture of ginger. It’s a better idea to grate your ginger separately, measure out the suggested amount, and add it to your drink later.
Mint leaves, when juiced alone, won’t release much juice. You may want to add them along with the apples or cucumber, so their essence can dissolve into the liquid from other produce.
Do I Need to Peel Cucumber Before Juicing?
For this cucumber carrot juice recipe, we leave the peel out to keep most of the carrot’s vibrant color. We also keep the peel of the Gala apples — they tend to deepen the orange hue.
Storage and Freezing the Leftover
You can store this drink in the fridge for up to 2 days, or the freezer for up to 3 months.
For short-term storage, place all into a large pitcher or bottle. When you’re thirsty for a refreshing drink, simply pour out the portion you want and be sure to consume all within the suggested time frame.
For long-term storage, portion the drink into small Ziploc bags, seal tightly, and stack in the freezer. Move a portion to the fridge to thaw overnight, and you’ll have a cool drink in the morning.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Natalie Butler is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a passion to help others live their best life through food, fitness, safer beauty and a healthy lifestyle. She has expertise with a variety of diets and diseases and believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for health.
I liked it, this is a great drink!
VEERAMALAY A/L KAIPUROM
A great wonderful drink at all times.
VEERAMALAY A/L KAIPUROM
its soothing and a great delicious drink with a little ice