05 Feb Super-Powered Orange Juice
Smoothies are a great way to start your day on a healthy note and an amazing way to tame those mid-day hunger pains too. This HomeMaker OJ crème smoothie can be whipped up in minutes and your children will love it. Late for school and no time for a full breakfast? This smoothie should hold them for a few hours and will give them the perfect energy boost to start their day on a healthy note.
- ¼ cup of orange juice
- 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1 apple (cored, peeled, and diced)
- 1 nectarine (with all pits removed)
- 1 tablespoon of grated ginger
- 4 to 6 peeled carrots
- 2 cups of water
- 3 to 4 mint leaves
- Juicer or blender
- Muslin cloth
If you have a juicer, this beverage doesn’t require much effort. Just put all the ingredients aside from the water and orange juice into the juicer and blend them well. Once that is done, you can add the orange juice to the mix, stir well, top it off with a few fresh mint leaves, and serve.
If you don’t have a juicer, you can make this with a blender. Add the orange juice and squeeze the lemon into the blender first. Make sure none of the pits or the pulp gets into the blender. You can then add the carrots, apple, nectarine, ginger, as well as the mint to the blender.
Blend the ingredients for around 20 to 30 seconds. It’s important to avoid over blending because that will heat the juice. Over blending won’t just ruin the texture and taste of the juice, but also compromise its nutritive content.
Once all of the ingredients are properly blended, you can extract the juice. Place a large and clean muslin/cotton cloth over a large bowl. You can use the same cloth you use for making nut milk.
Pour the blended mixture into the cloth carefully and then collect the edges. Carefully twist, squeeze, and press the cloth to extract juice from the pulp. Make sure your hands are clean and washed for this process. Continue squeezing the juice until all of it is extracted.
You can set the pulp aside to use in other recipes like pancakes, muffins, cakes, and even cookies.
Pour the juice in a tall glass, top it off with a few mint leaves, and enjoy it fresh. You can add a few pieces of ice if you like your beverages cold. It is recommended that you consume this juice in around 12 to 24 hours. This won’t freeze or refrigerate well because of the lemon juice in it.
This juice can be made for people who want to reduce sugar. Just don’t include apples and nectarines in the mixture because they add the highest amount of sugar to the juice.