Apple carrot juice (with Romaine lettuce)
This is a seriously tasty, and simple juice.
Green juices are possibly the most popular variety of juices out there today, and as the name implies, they are brimming with green, leafy vegetables. There are, of course, a number of different recipes to try, but for now you can read on to learn how to make one of the easiest, a simple blend of apple, carrot, and romaine lettuce. The recipe yields around 11 ounces of juice, and is a great place to start for beginners.
A great centrifugal juicer such as this one, will work best with this recipe.
- 1 small Apple (any color is fine)
- 2 Carrots
- Romaine/Cos lettuce, 3 leaves
- Optional: throw in a teaspoon of freshly chopped ginger for a taste.
Start out with just one small apple, chopped up (about 1 and ½ cups). Apples are a great ingredient for juicing; after all, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. They are incredibly high in antioxidants, which are what help to boost our immune systems.
Apples contain one antioxidant specifically, Quercetin, that has been linked with improved lung function, and another class of antioxidants, known as Anthocyanins, that reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes (This is also what gives apples their characteristic red coloring).
Additionally, apples are packed with fiber which is known to lower cholesterol, help control blood sugar levels, and improve digestive health. Apples are even believed to fight against certain types of cancer. They contain compounds called Triterpenoids that have shown the ability to fight against liver, colon, and breast cancers. using apples is also great because they add a bit of sweetness to the mix.
Next, add two chopped carrots (about 1 and ¼ cups). While carrots are primarily known for their vision benefits, there is so much more to these crunchy veggies. Thanks to the high levels of beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and Lutein, carrots are proven to lower the risk of heart disease.
Like apples, they also are very high in fiber and immune system boosters. Studies have shown that carrots can be helpful in preventing breast, colon, and lung cancers, thanks to a compound known as Falcarinol. They are a good source of calcium, which is known to promote bone health, and potassium, as well as vitamin A.
It is the large amount of vitamin A that makes carrots so beneficial in terms of vision, as well as skin, hair, and nails. Furthermore, vitamin A assists the liver in flushing toxins from the body, which makes the carrot an excellent cleanser, and a great addition to any juice recipe.
Finally, chop up three leaves of romaine/cos lettuce (about 1 cup). Not only does romaine lettuce add even more vitamin A and immune boosting goodness like vitamin C to this recipe, but it even has anti-allergy properties. Romaine lettuce is high in Folate (vitamin B9), which is shown to lower the likelihood that one will suffer from seasonal allergies. It’s even a great source of protein and iron, which is good news for anyone choosing to eat a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Once all your ingredients are chopped and prepared, simply drop them in your juicer of choice, piece by piece, and in a matter you’ll have a delicious juice brimming with nutrients. It’s a quick and easy 1, 2, 3 that’s sure to delight.