I should have titled this Carrot Citrus Sunrise Mocktail “My New Year’s Resolution in a Glass.” I have to admit my resolutions seem to be ever-ongoing, at least the ones like “lose 20 lbs” or “cut sugars, soda and carbs from my diet.” If I had to pin down some concrete resolutions for myself this year, I’d have to say they’d be “be happy, be healthy, stay positive and love yourself and others.” I feel like this mocktail is my resolution in a glass. Haha! Seriously though, the citrus flavors combined with sweet carrot juice makes me smile and feel so happy. Chalk full of vitamin A & C and other nutrients, this juice is also great for my body. It tastes fantastic and my kiddos and husband like it too (even though part of it is from a vegetable… shhhhh). With my glass half full I welcome 2017. Cheers!
Many years ago my husband and I bought a nice masticating juicer with the idea that we’d become avid juicers and better our health. Years have passed and we’ve had our juicing ups and downs. I can say from experience that if you want your body to feel healthier, juicing regularly is putting the right foot forward. When I juice whole fruits and vegetables, my mind seems crisper and my body and digestive track feels more healthy. A few things I’ve found to be juicing cons: the cost (juicing can become very expensive especially if you go with organic) and it can be time consuming (if there’s a lot of prep involved). With that said, I still feel the benefits of juicing regularly are definitely worth it. It might even save you a trip or two to the doctor’s office (which could literally pay for itself, right?).
Now, are you ready to try this whole juicing adventure? With this recipe you will not regret it. It’s fantastic, especially for breakfast or with brunch! It tastes great but still packs a powerful punch of nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, Folate, Potassium, Calcium, Iron and more. After drinking a glass of this mocktail, I feel one step closer to “healthy,” if healthy were a place. 😉 Nothing weird with these ingredient… you can find them all in your regular grocery store or you might already have them. Here’s the line up.
So it’s pretty simple. You just juice the ingredients then mix it all together. The citrus fruit really brightens the whole drink and the carrot adds a sweet touch. To start I peeled, cored and sliced the apple so it would fit in my juicer. You can leave the skin on the apple if you buy organic otherwise I’d recommend peeling it to avoid any added chemicals from sneaking into your juice.
Next, I peeled the oranges. Cut the top and bottom off with a chef or pairing knife then peel the skin off from top to bottom. If you are hand squeezing/juicing, you’ll just cut them in half and go from there.
Because I use a juicing machine to make my juice, I cut the grapefruit in the same manner as the oranges. I have to have then small enough to fit into the feed tube.
Last, I peeled and cut the carrots in long strips. Again, to fit them into my juicing machine. Make sure to toss the apples in the bowl to help coat with the citrus juice. This will prevent the apples from browning quickly.
Let’s getting juicing. Feed the citrus and apples in first then the carrots. This will help push any soft fruit stuck in the masticator through.
Use a strainer during the juicing process or pour the juice through a strainer when you are finished.
Pour a tall glass or a few if you’re sharing. Garnish with a wedge of orange and a carrot stick. Yummmm!
This Carrot Citrus Sunrise Mocktail is sure to give your immune system a vitamin C boost and make you feel great! If you are doing this as part of a juicing fast/cleanse, I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below. We’ve done a couple 3-day juice fasts and have felt major benefits. With the holidays (binge eating) over, I’m feeling like it might be a good time to do another 3-day cleanse. 🙂 Bottoms up!
Carrot Citrus Sunrise Mocktail
Citrus flavors combined with sweet carrot juice makes this Carrot Citrus Sunrise Mocktail taste great and full of vitamin A & C, Potassium and more.
- 5 whole carrots peeled and juiced
- 3 oranges peeled and juiced
- 1 grapefruit peeled and juiced
- 1 apple (Jonagold, Fuji, Gala) peeled, cored and juiced
- orange wedge and carrot stick for garnish optional
Juice all whole fruits and carrots.
Mix together to blend.
Serve with orange wedge and carrot stick.
Chill fruits and carrots for cold juice or serve over ice (may water down juice).
Have you ever done a juicing fast/cleanse? Do you have a favorite juicing recipe?