The carrot-ginger juice is an amazing immune-booster, anti-inflammatory medicine and a delicious, refreshing drink all in one ♥
As you know, I am a huge fan of ginger and I use it in many of my recipes, not only because I love its aroma and spicy flavor, but also because of its many health benefits.
Upon discovering the beautiful science of Ayurveda, India’s traditional healing system, which has been in existence for over 5,000 years, I committed to following some its principles and teachings. I changed my diet and lifestyle, as well as the way I prepare and eat my food.
Through Ayurveda, I learned to experiment with many medicinal herbs and spices which are now part of my daily menu. Fenugreek, turmeric, fennel and cardamom are now always stocked up in my kitchen cabinet.
Ginger root is by far my favorite of all. I grind it up in anything from green salads to pasta dishes. It is an amazing condiment to use with any meal as it adds a delicious flavor and zest to the food.
Ginger stimulates the stomach to produce hydrochloric acid which helps in the digestion, assimilation and absorption of food. This is why typically ginger and ginger tea are used as a digestive agent before or after a meal.
In addition, ginger root is an effective remedy that works to alleviate allergies, congestion and runny nose which makes it great to use in the spring when our immune system is compromised by the change of seasons.
Ginger is also known for its active anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. These compounds have been shown to relieve joint pain in people suffering from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as other inflammatory conditions.
Fresh ginger root is not everyone’s cup of tea however. It is has a pungent, spicy taste that many people can’t handle. I happen to love it. On occasion, I slice up the root into bite-size pieces, peel the skin off, sprinkle sea salt on top and eat it before a meal to boost my digestive fire. It works great!
The ginger carrot juice is an excellent way to introduce the potent anti-inflammatory ginger root into your diet. The sweetness of the carrots, combined with the apple juice I use in this recipe buffers the pungent taste of the ginger so you can barely taste it.
It still leaves a little bit of a kick though which I find absolutely delicious. The spiciness helps to clear up your sinuses and wakes up your immune system! The fresh carrots and apple add a boat load of antioxidants, like vitamin C and A to this nutritious cocktail. So yummy!
- 3-4 medium size carrots (peeled)
- 1 organic apple
- 2" piece ginger root (peeled)
- 2-3 stalks of celery
- 2 stalks of kale (optional)
- Juice all vegetables or blend for a smoothie**
**If you end up making a smoothie, then you have the added benefit of dietary fiber. You may need less produce if you blend instead of juice