Blended Orange, Carrot and Ginger Juice

Blended, Carrot, Orange and Ginger Juice
This healthy juice balances sweet and tangy flavors of carrots and oranges with a nice slightly spicy kick from the ginger.

This juice can be served blended or strained. Blended juice is served without straining, giving it a thicker, smoothie-like consistency. You will need a high-powered blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec to adequately break up the fiber for this method. If serving blended, it is ideal to chill before serving.

4Valencia oranges, peeled (navel, cara cara, or blood oranges also work!)
3medium carrots, washed and scrubbed if necessary
1″peeled ginger
2-3sprigs mint

Blended juices retain more nutrients than traditional juices as they typically include edible skins where many of the nutrients reside. They also retain more fiber, aiding digestion and regulating sugar absorption to a more moderate pace. Sometimes, however, there is nothing more refreshing than a pure cold-pressed juice, and this can easily be achieved by using a juicer or simply passing the blended juice through a layered cheesecloth or a nut milk bag.

Cut the carrots into two-inch segments and slice the ginger thinly against the grain to break up stringy fibers. Combine all of the ingredients in the blender with a pinch of salt, place the oranges on the bottom – their juice will aid blending without the need to add water. Chop about a tablespoon of mint and stir in after the juice is blended. This way you will get flecks of mint and their flavor without turning your juice gray.  Pour the juice into glasses and chill. Serve with a sprig of mint.

If you want a cold-pressed version and do not have a juicer, pass the juice through 2 layers of cheesecloth lining a strainer or through a nut milk bag and serve over ice.