If you have not yet invested in a juicer, let us make a quick argument for you here...we all lead busy lives, and working enough fresh vegetables into our daily diets can honestly be a bit of a challenge. As much as we would like to believe that we can wake up prior to work each morning to not only eat a healthful breakfast but also pack a lunch that fulfills some of our nutrient needs, that's not always the case; but that's where the juicer comes in. What we love about juicing is that you can buy nearly any combination of fruits and veggies and slide them through your juicer each morning, and in about 10 minutes you've got one to two glasses of fresh juice that are jam-packed with enough nutrients to get you through the day no matter what your schedule looks like. As if that weren't enough, you can't imagine how much of an energy boost you'll get when you start your day off with a glass of fresh-squeezed juice. The vitamins, antioxidants, and general nutrients combine to give you a concentrated kick better than any kind of caffeine. What we love about this ginger carrot juice is that it's simple and quick, but also packs a punch when it comes to filling our bodies with disease-fighting nutrients and beta-carotene (thank you carrots!).
A few simple steps:Like most juices, there isn't necessarily a rhyme or reason to how we concoct our veggie drinks. At Locals, we prefer to alternate the order of ingredients, just to mix it up a little, but that same effect can basically be achieved by giving the juice a good stirring when you're finished. Be sure to wash each ingredient well before putting it through the juicer as well. When it comes to the apples, many people juice everything but the core (remember that old myth that apple seeds are poisonous?); however, there is nothing wrong with juicing the whole apple! Just be sure to slice it up a little thinner so the pieces fit easily into your juicer. And again, these juicing recipes are more of a guideline for combining flavors in the right ratios, so there is always going to be a little wiggle room when it comes to deciding what's going into the juice. For instance, the apples add a lot of sugar, so if you don't need the juice to be as sweet, use one apple instead of two and substitute with water or maybe some additional carrots. Either way, it's your prerogative as chef to test your limits until they find the combination that's right for you!