I’ve been craving fresh juice lately. Maybe it’s because my gym has started selling fresh pressed juice from a local company and the ads keep popping up. But each time I’m tempted to shell out $10 a bottle (eep!) for single serving that could have been made days ago, I remind myself that I have organic produce in the fridge and a Vitamix begging for a spin. Since I got my Vitamix, my old juicer has been catching dust. It took too much prep and clean up was a chore. Also, by making this in your high-speed blender, you get all of the fiber you would normally lose with a juicer. I don’t strain my blended juices. This helps your body absorb the natural sugars at a slower pace and also, who doesn’t need more fiber in their life?
A few years ago I tried a juice fast and let me tell you, those are not for me. Either I wasn’t drinking enough or my body just needed solid food, but I was overwhelmed with headaches and fatigue. I think I only got through half a day before giving up and eating cooked food. Those who have the willpower for such things, I envy you! I don’t really believe in detoxes anyway, but I think every so often we need a reset to get ourselves back in order. A reset from fast food, processed junk, work stress, family drama, etc. If you change what you are putting in your body and eat mindfully, I truly believe it extends to other parts of your life.
I have really bad anxiety sometimes which leads me to eat emotionally, then I feel bad about myself and the cycle continues. This week I decided I would reset eating, not diet or limit my portions, but to choose whole foods and leave the vegan junk and heavily processed stuff in the background.
The juice is so simple to make and chock full of goodness like vitamin C, beta carotene, antioxidants, calcium – I could go on!
Carrots are my go to for fresh juice and I added mango and apple for extra natural sweetness.
I’m sure this would be lovely with some fresh ginger, to give it more of a kick.
If it’s not sweet enough, you can always add a teaspoon or two of maple syrup to the mixture.
Carrot Mango Juice – two servings
- Three organic carrots, peeled and cut in half
- One small organic apple, washed and chopped
- One cup of diced organic mango, frozen or fresh
- One cup filtered water
- Juice of half a lemon
- Half cup of ice
Put all ingredients in your blender, starting with the water first. Blend on high until desired consistency is reached and enjoy!