When I was a kid, I drank Odwalla orange juice every single day. I loved the fresh, pulpy tang of a cold glass of juice and I looked forward to it as a part of my morning breakfast. When I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 18 (yup, I was a freshman in college), juice was no long in my vocabulary unless my sugar was low and I needed a quick pick-me-up. Well, after over 10 years with this disease, I’m learning that there are ways to have my oranges and drink them too. I know I shouldn’t drink juice every day but once in a while, a healthy glass of this Sunshine Juice isn’t so bad. With the help of my friends Chaia and Eliahu from Fruit Platters & More and their fancy juicer, I had so much fun making my very first homemade juice concoction. Doesn’t the golden color of this homemade juice remind you of the bright sun on a perfect warm spring day?!? Wow, I think I’m becoming a health nut! Don’t worry…there are some super-sweet treats coming up soon on Kitchen Tested.

Sunshine Juice

1 Gala apple
1 Bartlett pear
1 large orange
1 large golden beet
2 whole carrots
1/2 piece fresh ginger

Not much to prepare for this dish. I washed the apple, pear, beet, carrots and ginger, all unpeeled. I cut them up into pieces that would fit in the juicer. I peeled the orange since I was told that citrus peel should not go in the juicer. Good advice!

One fruit at a time, Eliahu pushed the fruits and vegetables through the juicer. I loved watching the colors change as the juices combined in the bowl.

It really doesn’t get any fresher than this!

Sunshine Juice
 
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Serves: 3-4 cups

Ingredients
  • 1 Gala apple
  • 1 Bartlett pear
  • 1 large orange
  • 1 large golden beet
  • 2 whole carrots
  • ½ piece fresh ginger

Instructions
  1. Wash the apple, pear, beet, carrots and ginger, all unpeeled.
  2. Cut them up into pieces that fit in the juicer. Peel the orange since citrus peel should not go in the juicer.
  3. One fruit at a time, push the fruits and vegetables through the juicer.
  4. Stir and drink. Place extra juice in the fridge for up to one week.