It seems like people have always been skeptical about carrot juice. For some, the best carrot juice recipes are their forever favorites, but for others, the thought of a single sip is simply too much.
We happen to belong to the first group and believe that carrot juice is a concoction worth taking. Every household could benefit from more carrot juice in all its glorious varieties.
Among basic vegetable juices, carrot juice might be the one to receive the most attention as it’s affordable and super simple to make. To help save you time skimming through countless online recipes with questionable credentials, we present you with the top 10 simple tasty carrot juices that can be done with beginner skills.
We understand that carrots alone can be a little too earthy for some. Therefore, in today’s collection, you’ll find carrots are combined with other veggies, fruit, and ingredients for juices that bring optimal taste and health benefits. Some we have crafted and improvised over the years, while others are adopted. We hope they will act as a little aid as you explore the juicing world.
But first, let’s look at our star ingredient more closely.
Benefits of Carrot Juice
1. Eye Health Protection
We all know now that everything parents said about how eating carrots will give you great eyesight is actually the truth. Carrot is a great source of vitamins and minerals. A half-cup of carrot can give you up to 73% of your daily requirement of vitamin A. This makes it one of the best vitamin A supplies you can find among the most popular local vegetables.
The vitamin A in carrots is crucial in keeping your eyes healthy and protecting them from degenerative conditions, such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. The vitamin A in carrot juice is in the form of beta-carotene, and your amazing body only transforms the amount it needs into the actual vitamin. This is why it would be tough to get a vitamin A overdose from drinking lots of carrot juice.
2. Skin Tone Improvement
If you fancy some tan, drinking carrot juice is actually a much better way to go than bathing in the sun.
According to a study by researchers at Leeds and St Andrew’s universities, the tan you get from the increased carotenoid intake is perceived as more attractive than suntan. Without giving you dark spots or wrinkles— which are the most seen side effects of sun-bathing— consuming carrot juice on a regular basis is one healthy way to possess glowing skin. Moreover, the antioxidants in carrots can help fight against free radicals that cause damage to it.
However, there are reasons why you should not overdose on anything, including carrots. Excessive consumption of carrot juice may cause carotenemia, a condition where one’s skin turns slightly orange, although this is rare. You would have to consume buckets each day for this to happen.
3. Boosting Your Immune System
Carrot, like many other vegetables and roots, contains many vitamins, fibers, minerals, and other phytochemicals. It is believed to be beneficial for cancer prevention, including gastric cancers, breast cancer, and cervical cancer.
The rich vitamin C content in carrots also helps your body build antibodies that defend your immune system and prevent infections. After all, a strong immune system is your best bet in beating any ailment and disease, including cancer.
Easy And Delicious Carrot Juice Recipes
Carrot alone can be a little too earthy for some. In these recipes, carrot is combined with other veggies and ingredients for optimal taste and health benefits.
1. Best Recipe: Carrot Apple Celery Juice (2 servings)
The combination of taste and aroma the ingredients in this all-purpose carrot juice bring make it an all round crowd-pleaser.
Our motive in coming up with this recipe was the urge to make more use out of celery in the world of juicing. Celery is an essential part of most juice detox regimes and weight-loss diets for its beneficial characteristics: low in calories and rich in antioxidants. Unfortunately, despite its killer nutrient content, celery juice is not a very popular drink because its aroma can be a bit overwhelming for many people.
That problem is easily solved with this carrot juice recipe. When diluted in carrot juice, celery becomes much more subtle, especially with the added support of apple. Finally, a hint of tang from ginger wraps it up to make a quick, simple, and hearty juice that fits with any meal, big or small.
- 7 oz carrot
- 7 oz apple
- 1 oz celery
- 0.25 oz ginger
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 4 oz ice cubes
- Wash everything thoroughly with clean water.
- Peel and cut the carrots into quarters, vertically. Peel the apple and slice them into chunks. Chop the celery ribs into 3 equal parts. Scrape off the skin of the ginger.
- Run all the ingredients through an intoxicating juicer.
- Stir to mix the juice up. Divide the juice into small portions, add ice cubes, and enjoy. Preserve the leftover juice in an airtight jar to avoid oxidation.
2. Carrot Orange Juice (4 servings)
This carrot orange juice has just enough sweetness to give your taste buds that awakening, but not so sweet you feel like you’re betraying your weight loss regime. It calls for simple ingredients you can find at any grocery store or local market, and yields a healthy, drinkable treat that is packed with nutrients, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.
- 8 oz carrot juice
- 12 oz orange juice
- 1 cup ice
- 2 tbsps honey
Pour all the ingredients into the blender and pulse. Divide into glasses and enjoy.
3. Carrot Apple Juice (4 servings)
Carrot apple juice is a super simple juice packed with lots of vitamin C, vitamin A, and other strong antioxidants. In our honest opinion, this recipe is one of the cornerstone carrot recipes which deserves a bookmark in your recipe book. Great as is but also gives you a foundation to develop tons of recipes with your favorite add-ins from one basic formula.
- 2 tsps ginger
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1.5 cup carrot juice
- 1.5 cup apple juice
Pour all the ingredients into the blender and pulse. Divide into glasses and enjoy.
4. Carrot Celery Juice (4 servings)
Carrot and celery are well known for their ability to reduce gas, bloating, and other digestive problems. Combined with apple, orange, and lemon juice, they make a delicious carrot celery juice that is extremely beneficial to your digestive health.
- 8 fl oz apple juice, from 16-18 oz red apples
- 2 fl oz celery juice, from 4-6 oz celery
- 2 tsp ginger juice, from 0.5 oz ginger
- 10 fl oz carrot juice, from 20-25 oz carrots
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 6 mint leaves
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 cups ice
- Juice the vegetables and fruits: Since we already have carrot juice on hand, we only need to cut the apples and celery into chunks, and feed them into the running juicer along with the ginger knob. If you haven’t had carrot juice, prep around 20-25 oz of carrots and add them to the juicer as well.
- Mix: After getting the juice from the carrots, celery, apples, and ginger, transfer into a large pitcher. Add lemon juice and sugar, and stir for around 1-2 minutes or until all of the sugar is dissolved.
- Serve: Add ice to the pitcher and serve with four tall glasses. Add mint leaves to the pitcher to decorate and to add a refreshing aroma.
5. Carrot Orange Ginger Juice (6 servings)
Comprising anti-inflammatory antioxidants, this carrot orange ginger juice is a great way to boost your immune system and help the body fight against the cold and flu virus. It’s a simple flavor combination spiced up with ginger— perfect for daytime activity or evening chilling.
- 8 fl oz carrot juice
- 20 fl oz orange juice
- 3/2 oz ginger knob
- 2 tbsp mint leaves
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Wash and peel carrots, oranges, and ginger. Cut into appropriate sizes for the juicer feed chute.
- Run carrots, oranges, ginger, and one tablespoon of mint through the juicer. Collect the juice in a pitcher.
- Add sugar and stir until it dissolves.
- Pour over ice and garnish with mint leaves. Serve.
6. Carrot Apple Beet Juice (4 servings)
Carrots and beets are the best pals in this carrot apple beet juice since both of them are earthy and sweet. The subtle tartness from the apples also joins the other two to balance the mixture beautifully.
If you have a slow juicer, chop the carrots and the beets into small chunks before you juice. If your juicer is a centrifugal one, juicing spinach can be quite tricky. You may want to put the spinach into a blender instead, before adding it into the carrot and beet mixture.
- 1 cup beet juice, from about 8 oz raw beets
- 1 cup carrot juice, from about 20 oz raw carrots
- 1 1/2 cups apple juice, from about 16 oz gala apples
- 0.25 oz ginger, about ½-inch knob
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp honey
- Juice the fruits and vegetables: put apples, ginger, beets, and carrots into a juicer chute to extra the juice. Collect the juice in a large pitcher. (Optional: you can strain the juice with a fine sieve to remove any remaining bits of vegetables.)
- Add lemon juice and honey: add them to the pitcher and stir to dissolve.
- Serve: divide the juice into 4 glasses and serve immediately. (Optional: you can freeze the juice for half an hour and serve it chilled.)
7. Jamaican Carrot Juice (5 Servings)
This creamy sweet Jamaican carrot juice can either make a wholesome appetizer or a delightful cocktail. It’s easily made with a can of condensed milk, vanilla, ginger, and a few choice spices all in one go. Tropical paradise found within your kitchen— it’s all about customization, isn’t it?
- 2 lb carrots or baby carrots, chopped
- 4 cups water
- 1 can condensed milk
- ½ tsp nutmeg/cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ½ teaspoon fresh ginger
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- Vegan condensed milk
- Rum (optional)
- Cook coconut milk and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stir frequently to prevent burning. When it has thickened, remove and let cool.
- Use a blender to blend the carrots with 3-4 cups of water.
- Sieve the carrot mixture using a cheesecloth or a clean kitchen towel, squeeze really tight to extract all the juice.
- Pour the carrot juice into the blender together with other ingredients. Pulse until smooth and enjoy.
8. Carrot Tomato Juice (4 servings)
If you’ve ever thought there’s no way tomato and carrot could work together in a drink, you might want to think again.
With a decent touch of freshness from the mint leaves, this carrot tomato juice is a beautiful combination of organic products. Most specifically, it takes you only 5 minutes and a juicer to make 4 servings in a row!
- 8 fl oz carrot juice from 20 oz carrot
- 6 fl oz tomato juice from 8 oz tomato
- 1 tbsp mint leaves
- 2 1/2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp lime
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 1/2 cup ice
- Place your cut-up tomatoes, carrots, and mint leaves in the juicer and collect the juice. Add the juice to a large pitcher.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Add ice to the glasses. Pour the juice in and serve.
9. Carrot Orange Pineapple Juice (4 servings)
It’s never a bad move to punch up the taste of every juice with summer fruits. This carrot orange pineapple juice is not only yummy with mixed flavors but also packed with important antioxidants and minerals— the ones you’ll need the most under the burning sun. No more bland and boring green juices on the picnic table!
- 8 oz carrot juice 16 oz carrot
- 10 oz navel orange juice 12 oz orange
- 6 oz pineapple juice 8 oz pineapple
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 4 oz ice cube
- 1 tsp mint
- Wash all the fruit and vegetables. Cut it into small pieces if necessary to fit through the juicer.
- Feed all the vegetables through juicer.
- Pour into glasses, add sugar and top with mint leaves.
10. Carrot Cucumber and Apple Juice (4 servings)
With the subtle sweetness of the carrot at the center and the acidity of the lime and the green apple working in the background, it’s hard not to crave some. This carrot cucumber and apple juice is nourishing and refreshing. It deserves a spot on your menu, morning, afternoon, or evening.
- 4 carrots
- 1 green apple
- 1 cucumber
- a piece of ginger
Wash all the ingredients and rinse. Peel the cucumber, lemon, and apple. Run them through the juicer, then serve with ice and lemon slices as a mocktail.
How Much Carrot Is There in One Cup?
For one cup chopped, there are roughly 128 grams of carrots; for one cup grated, there are 110 grams of them. It is hard to get an exact number of carrots in one cup— the way you choose to prep it decides how much you can get from one cup of it. The best advice we can give is to weigh your carrots by ounces or grams for the most accurate quantification.
How Do People Make Carrot Juice?
Nowadays, tools for juicing come in a variety of styles and designs. It’s not difficult to pick up a juicer that can work for juicing carrots. A juicer might be the first and favorite choice for some people, but it’s definitely not the only choice.
When it comes to juicing, you could say carrots are pretty laid-back. Unlike high-maintenance leafy greens, carrots are down to earth and do not require the fanciest of machines to juice. Their crispy texture and thick shape allow extraction to happen in a budget centrifuge or a high-end twin-gear juicer alike. (Though the juice quality could be a little different between the two, understandably.)
In fact, you can even make carrot juice WITHOUT a juicer— which field we are about to dig into now.
Making juices without a juice extractor is really not rocket science at all. First, you need to run all the ingredients through a blender with water to create a thick purée. Spread the purée onto several layers of cheesecloth and place a container underneath. This is where you need a little maneuver: grab all the edges of the cheesecloth, use one hand to hold them together tightly, and squeeze with the other hand to release juice.
One other way with less effort is using nut milk bags or eco-cotton juicing bags. Hang the juicing bag with the purée in the air and place a large container under it to catch the juice draining out slowly from the bag. It might take a little more time for the purée to drain itself completely, so if you can’t stand the waiting part, hurry it along with some simple squeezes on your own.
How To Make Carrot Juice With a Blender
If you think the method of running all the pieces of veggies and fruits through the blender, one by one, is the foolproof way of making every juice— you got it right.
Nevertheless, that’s not the only thing you should take into account.
Working with a blender takes more than plugging it in and hitting the button. There are a few little hacks that make the process (and outcome) much smoother!.
First things first, don’t put all of ONE ingredient in the feed chute simultaneously. It’s better to try to arrange them in an order where the ingredients come one after another. For instance, alternating 3 pieces of chopped carrots with 3 pieces of chopped celery ribs (rather than all the celery going in one go). This way, the juice can get mixed up right in the juicing process, and the dry ingredients with little juice won’t cause the blender to get clogged up.
Go slowly and be gentle with the pusher so it won’t splash. The ingredients might get spun straight off to the pulp container before they get squeezed properly if they receive too much pressure. Think of it more as a lid or a “lodger” than a pusher.
One of the most popular ingredients among beverages like pumpkin juices or carrot juices is ginger, thanks to its “zing” factor. There is a high chance your juice might need a simple dash of it— if not for the taste, then definitely for the aroma and its health benefits.
So the last-but-not-least note is for juicing ginger.
Normally, the amount of ginger would hardly exceed an inch grated per recipe, and this is why it shouldn’t go last in the blender. Putting the ginger in between the juicy ingredients would be the best. By doing this, it can be washed down completely by other watery fruits or veggies.
Is Carrot A Fruit?
No, it is not.
This may seem like a silly question, but there are still debates about whether carrot is a fruit or a veggie. However, its origin is quite easily determined; without having a seed-bearing structure or growing up from a flower, carrot is indeed a root vegetable.
How Many Carbs Can You Get in A Carrot?
A medium-sized carrot (whose weight, according to the USDA, is 61 grams) delivers you 5.84 grams of carbohydrate, in which dietary fiber takes 1.71 grams while digestible carbs take only 4 grams.
Carrot ranks low in the glycemic index scale and is non-starchy. Raw carrots have a GI of 71, showing they have little impact on blood sugar. So you don’t have to worry about glucose levels skyrocketing after consuming carrots.
Nutrition of Carrot Juice
Carrots have very small amounts of fat. They’re also not high in protein, but are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. The most frequently mentioned of which is beta carotene, a pigment that is converted to vitamin A in your body and is responsible for the bright orange color of the veggie. Carrots also offer potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, folate, and vitamins E, C, and K.
But that’s not all!
When juicing, you are allowed to open up the doors to another wide range of veggies and fruits to join the carrot drinks party. The most popular fruits you could easily purchase for your carrot juice are apples, oranges, pineapples, tomatoes, watermelons, and so many more; while for veggies, the favorites are often kale, spinach, beetroot, and cucumber.
Those extra ingredients are all superfoods, which help promote collagen production, detoxifying your skin, and improving your digestive system.
1. What Is Carrot Juice Good for?
Carrot juices appear to be beneficial in preventing cancers, for instance, stomach cancer and breast cancer. They come with good effects in improving eyesight, boosting immunity, ensuring less bloating after meals, as well as keeping blood sugar and cholesterol levels within their healthy ranges. Also, there have been studies regarding how drinking carrot juice helps decrease lipid peroxidation in adults.
2. How Many Calories Are There in Carrot Juice?
Calories in carrot juices can vary differently based on all the extra ingredients and add-ons you chose for your drink, but in most cases, they hardly exceed 250 calories per one serving. Reliable recipes online often come with recipe cards where basic nutrition info is provided for your reference, so we’d say, worry not.
3. Is Carrot a Fruit Or a Vegetable?
Though confusing sometimes, carrots are widely acknowledged as a vegetable and not a fruit.