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So my boyfriend sends me a picture via text but I wasn’t able to download it. I asked him what it was, and he said, “It’s a pic of a V8.” I’m thinking it’s a car or a truck because you know how boys and vehicles can be, but then he sends me this next, “We need to make vegetable juices with the ninja.” Now how many guys out there would a) go out and buy a V8 as a snack and b) request that you make them vegetable juices. I don’t know what made him do it, but I’m jumping on this and running with it.
Before we get to the recipes, we need to know the difference between juicing versus blending. I personally use my Ninja Ultima and blend all of my fruits and vegetables so that you keep the pulp, fiber, and most vitamins and minerals. I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about the Blendtec too and I am seriously considering investing in one, especially since I have really been on a smoothie kick. It is a little (LOT) more pricey than the Ninja and a Vitamix but the blending power and quality is supposed to be superb.
The following is a summary from an article that examines the effects of juicing and blending on different fruits. This research is not my own. See full article HERE.
[A recent study that examined the effects of juicing and blending on Apples, Pears, Persimmons, and Mandarin Oranges and then examined for phytochemical content. The juices that were made by blending had stronger antioxidant activities and contained larger amounts of phenolic compounds than juices that had been prepared by juicing the flesh fraction of the fruit. BUT the concentration of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in apple, pear, and mandarin orange juices was significantly higher in juice that had been processed by juicing, rather than blending.
Results of the study: The juices with the highest ascorbic acid, total polyphenols, and flavonoids concentrations were blended persimmon juice, blended mandarin orange juice, and juiced apple juice, respectively. These results indicate that juice extraction techniques significantly influences the phytochemical levels and antioxidant capacity of fruit juices (Prev Nutr Food Sci. Jun 2014; 19(2): 108–114).]
Now that the different health benefits have been covered, lets get onto the fun part…..
This smoothie is packed full of Vitamin C (oranges), Potassium (oranges), Vitamin A (carrots), Biotin (carrots), Vitamin K (carrots), and Beta-Carotene (carrots).
- 2 carrots
- 2 Oranges
- Ginger-I used a piece about the size of my pinky nail
- Water (to dilute to desire consistency)
First you will need to clean the flesh of the carrots. A vegetable scrub brush will do. You can then chop the carrots up or remove the first outer layer (I chopped mine up once I cleaned it). Then you need to remove the peel from the orange and remove the seeds (depends on variety orange orange you choose if it will have seeds). After that, portion out the ginger that you will use, remove the skin and then mince. You need to mince the ginger well especially if you do not have a powerful blender unless you want to clear your sinuses LOL.
Next place all of the ingredients in your blender. I used mine on pulse for about 15 seconds and then switched to high.
After that I added 1 cup of water and then blended some more. You do not have to add water. The water dilutes it and allows for it to be blended better (a lot less pulpy).
Mine filled two 16 ounce Mason Jars Perfectly. These are super easy to make, packed full of vitamins & minerals and are very festive with Halloween being right around the corner.