This month we are sharing a pure vegetable juice (no fruit), VitAl, a wonderful carrot and ginger juice. I called it “VitAl”, as it contains excellent sources of vitamin A!
Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin. There are two different forms: retinol is an active form of vitamin A and comes from animal sources (like milk, cheese, liver and eggs). Beta carotene is an inactive form, which is converted by the body into vitamin A and comes from plant sources. For vegans, or people following a plant-based diet good sources include: carrots, tomatoes, cantaloupe, watermelon, apricots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, squash, plus broccoli, asparagus, lettuce and kale. A clue that a vegetable contains a high amount of beta-carotene is the colour: think bright orange, red etc. Some green veggies are also great sources.
Vitamin A is needed by the body to:
- Form and maintain healthy hair, skin and mucous membranes
- Keep our eyes healthy – it can help to prevent night blindness
- Promote bone growth and healthy teeth
- Build our resistance to respiratory and other infections
- Helps in reproduction
As an important antioxidant, vitamin A plays an important role in our immune system, and limits damage caused by free-radicals. Most people have up to two years-worth of vitamin A, stored in their liver, so vitamin A deficiency is rare. It´s a good idea to include sources or vitamin A in your diet on a regular basis and this carrot and ginger juice can help you do this. Some groups are likely to need a boost, for example people who abuse alcohol or drugs, who have recently undergone surgery or who have recent burns or injuries.
Juicing tip: Sometimes some carrots produce more juice than others! You might need to add a few more carrots to give you a full glass of juice.
VitAl: carrot and ginger juice recipe
3 large carrots
1 chunk ginger
2cm unwaxed lemon
Give all your vegetables a good wash. There is no need to peel the skin off the ginger – leave it on. If you are using a waxed lemon, then trim off the outer layer, leaving the pith on.
Put all the ingredients through your juicer.
Give your juicer a wash, then settle down to enjoy your carrot and ginger juice!
Add fruit to your carrot and ginger juice
Many people find that carrots are actually naturally sweet. However, as this recipe is a pure vegetable juice, if you think it is not to your liking, then swap out one of the carrots and instead add an apple or pear.
More carrot juice recipes
Carrots are a great ingredient to include in any juice. If you want more inspiration then try one of our other carrot juices on our health and wellbeing blog:
- Carroty lunch: another pure vegetable juice, with cucumber to make it lighter.
- Red eye no more: try combining carrots and beetroot for a really bright coloured juice!
- Turmeric twist: add some spice to your juice and enjoy the health benefits of turmeric and carrots in one glass.
- Summer sun: recapture that summer feeling with this delicious berry and carrot combination
La Crisalida juice detox retreat
Juicing is a fantastic way to deliver good nutrition to your body. If you want to enjoy a juice detox retreat, then come to La Crisalida. You can choose to juice for three days (recommended) or simply choose to juice for one meal per day, it’s up to you. Read more about our detox retreats here.
About the author
- Lisa is one of the founders of La Crisalida Retreats. She is an Epidemiologist, therapeutic hatha and yin yoga teacher and also teaches mindfulness meditation. Lisa has studied NLP and hypnosis, as well as nutrition (she designs the menus).