Ready to get your glow on? Here's a terrific carrot celery morning juice and healthy way to start the day. Drink it 20 minutes before you eat anything else to allow the nutrition to flood into your body, then have breakfast. That gorgeous color is from red carrots, but orange ones will work too.
Morning Glow Carrot Celery Juice
When I found red carrots at the market I thought of juice! Not just for salads, soups, stews and for snacking, carrots make delicious, health-filled juice. Seriously, I crave this juice in the morning. It's easy to drink a 16-20 ounce bottle because it tastes fantastic and you feel so good afterwards. Drinking fresh, organic juice floods your body with powerful nutrition.
You can use standard orange carrots, but if you come across the red ones, try them for your juices. Call me crazy, but to me they have a subtle richer flavor. Maybe its my imagination because the color is so beautiful. The red color comes from the phytonutrient lycopene, as in red tomatoes and watermelon.
Health Benefits of Carrots
Carrots get their color from antioxidants called carotenoids, one of which is beta-carotene, the precursor to vitamin A. Drinking carrot juice may protect against cancer, support good eye health, fight against cardiovascular disease, help wound healing, help blood pressure and immune function, and defend against cognitive decline - all from the humble carrot.
More good news, carrots are available at the market year round and very affordable, because juicing uses lots of carrots. Buy organic if possible, but if you can't get organic carrots, the good news is carrots are not on the EWG Dirty Dozen List. Just be sure to wash them well. I use Eat Cleaner Food Grade Wash and do a sink full of produce all at once.
On red carrots - they are not always at the store and sometimes a little more expensive. Like today, the bunches were tiny so I skipped them and will juice with regular orange carrots. For a great price on organic carrots, try a wholesale place like Smart & Final. I bought a 5 pound bag or organic carrots for $2.50. Really reduces the cost of your juice. Also, check a farmers market.
The Rest of the Juice! Celery and More
I got so excited about the red carrots I almost forgot to tell you about the rest of the recipe. It's made up of celery, ginger, lemon and green apple. Celery is the backbone of many of my juice recipes, including this one. It's really half carrot and half celery.
Celery is anti-inflammatory, helps lower blood pressure, protects your liver, is a super detoxer, helps lower cholesterol and is good for weight loss. Whew! What a list. All from the wonderful vegetable that you thought was boring. When buying celery, choose organic only, as celery is on the Dirty Dozen list for highest pesticide residues.
To finish up my morning glow carrot celery juice, add ginger and lemon for flavor, zing, digestive and detox support, anti-inflammatory benefits and more. One Granny Smith apples adds a bit of sweet-tartness amd more antioxidant punch. Are you ready to get your morning glow on? Since I'm not a morning person, I need all of the help I can get.
Last Note: Tool Tip
When you're done juicing, store it in glass bottles like these. Jars work too. For both, fill them to the very top before capping to reduce oxygen exposure and protect nutrients.
Morning Glow Carrot Celery Juice
- 8-10 red or orange carrots 1 ½ - 2 pounds
- 8-10 ribs celery
- 1 green apple cored
- 1 lemon
- 1 inch fresh ginger root
- Chop produce into the appropriate size for your juicer, then juice according to the manufacturers directions.
- Strain if desired. Serve immediately or chill.