Quick Little Mug of Goodness

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Last time I wrote, I shared my fast and easy way to get gobs of kale into my daily diet (without spending all day eating kale- bonus!). Today I want to share my other favorite daily snack. Not only is it delicious, but it is about as good for you as a snack can get. The benefits of raw carrot juice are many (yes, I know you could have googled it yourself, but I’m in a helpful mood). I love the taste of carrots but I am not a huge fan of carrot juice and who has the time or stomach capacity to sit around munching on 30 carrots a day? Having special interest in caring for my post-20’s skin, I really wanted to get them into my diet.

I realized that the reason I didn’t like the juice was that semi-sweet flavor it has. It tastes like it can’t decide if it wants to be a fruit juice or a vegetable juice. More power to you if you like it, but for me, the secret was to turn it into a savory soup (without going crazy on additives- I wanted it to stay as fresh and close to raw as possible). Here’s what I use every day: IMG_2433I’m not married to any particular brand. What I have on hand will vary depending on which grocery store we hit that week. But my essentials are: Organic 100% carrot juice (preferably not from concentrate. Extra points if it separates and you have to shake it up each time), Minced ginger (I used to use a ginger root and grater, but then I found this jarred minced kind which saves me even more prep time on an already lazy recipe), Salt and Pepper. Here I’m using a smoked salt just to switch up the flavor, but any will do.

Sometime after breakfast, I grab a clean mug, spoon in a heaping glob of ginger, add a little salt and pepper then fill it up with the carrot juice: IMG_2434I also usually add some chia seeds and sometimes some cumin or dill or whichever herb I’m in the mood for that day. Just don’t go overboard. Three days ago I added all the above, plus braggs aminos, flax powder, and powdered greens. It ended up down the sink. Less is more, trust me.

Then I warm it up for a minute or so in the microwave. I try not to get it steaming hot, since too much heat can effect the nutrients. For some reason I took a picture of it in the microwave. I suppose I thought it necessary to capture for posterity, or in case you aren’t sure which way to microwave your mug. Top side up, bottom side down (to avoid spills) see:

This is what a mug of carrot juice looks like in a microwave oven.

This is what a mug of carrot juice in a microwave oven looks like.

And that’s it. I drink one of these a day, and the green leafy recipe for two other snacks. It’s been great not just for the huge nutritional density of these foods, but by snacking regularly I am never ravenous when mealtimes come around. Final word of warning though- keep this to once a day. Too much carrot juice can cause  your skin to turn orange (temporarily).

2 Comments on Quick Little Mug of Goodness

  1. somesmallchange
    February 4, 2014 at 6:14 pm (3 years ago)

    You are doing well.
    A reeducation of kale and carrots.
    I know the benefits of carrots should outweigh not liking their taste, so it is useful when a person finds a tasty, but easy way of consuming them.

    • milkandhoneyluxuries
      February 5, 2014 at 9:40 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks! With my so-pale-I’m-almost-clear Irish skin, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hoping for a little of that beta-carotene glow! 😉


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