We have all been told that it's better to eat whole fruit than drink its juice. Why is this so? The main reason being that when we eat whole fruit (vs drinking its juice), we are also consuming fiber from the whole fruit. When we juice, the fiber from the fruit gets stripped away. This fiber that gets stripped away when we juice is what helps to reduce a glucose spike.
Fiber is so vital for good gut health. Most people think fiber is mainly found in bran. But fiber in bran is insoluble, it's hard for our bodies to digest this kind of fiber. What we need is soluble fiber found in fruits and vegetables and of course nuts, seeds, most whole grains and legumes. So in short it's always better to eat your fruit whole vs juicing.
Having said the above, sometimes you might want to quench your thirst with a fresh fruit drink, or you might want to have fresh ginger and orange juice shots. Then this recipe is for you. It's simple, easy and quick to make. Plus this way of juicing, keeps in some of the fiber by using a blender and not a juicer.
You don't need a fancy juicer, you can juice in a blender. Having a high powered blender like a Vitamix will give you a delicious juice, but even a regular blender will do. You will get a little fiber from your blended juice, if you don't peel all the white membrane of the oranges before blending. Juicers will strip off all the white membrane and remove all the pulp from your juice, leaving you with no fiber. Leaving the white membrane on your oranges, may make your orange juice a tad bitter, adding a small piece of ginger when blending will neutralize this bitter taste. Plus you're getting so many additional nutritional benefits from ginger, being an antibacterial powerhouse.
Ginger is loaded with antioxidants that can support your overall health. In India, Ayurvedic science believes ginger root to be an all encompassing food. It can help in lowering high blood pressure, prevent heart disease and is also know to help in supporting good lung health, aids digestion, fights infection, treats nausea and so much more. Fresh ginger root is a staple ingredient in every single household across India. This itself should tell you how essential this root is to ones well being. If you would like to read up on ginger, here is a good link to get you started: https://mapi.com/blogs/articles/ginger-an-ayurvedic-medicine-chest
I like to use ginger in my Indian curries, fresh juices and sometimes even in my home-made desserts. I have lots of recipes on here that make use of fresh ginger. If you are looking for a simple curry that uses ginger, try this recipe of mine.
But first, you might want to try this simple 2 ingredient orange juice recipe of mine below. Give it a try and let me know what you think. You can watch this 1 minute video below to see how easy it is to make your own fresh juice.
Fresh Orange Juice and Ginger in a Vitamix
I love fresh orange juice, but I don't always have time in the morning to pull out my juicer and make fresh juice. Plus the clean up is a bit longer when using a juicer than when making juice in a Vitamix. Furtermore, I get a bit more fiber when juicing with a bleder vs a juicer, because the blender retains some of the pulp from the oranges.
Here is a simple 2 ingredient recipe. You don't have to use ginger. However, I love using ginger for all the added nutrients I get from it and to support my overall health. Combining a tiny piece of ginger in your orange juice really takes your taste buds to a different - WOW - level!
This is so easy to make and nutritionally dense - loaded with vitamin C from the oranges and antibacterial power from the ginger. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
- 1 dozen oranges
- 1 inch ginger root Use more if you like the taste of ginger
Peal skin off oranges, it's ok to leave the white membrane on
Wash but no need to peel the skin of ginger
To a blender add your peeled oranges and ginger. Blend on high speed for 60 seconds
Strain through a cheese cloth or a nut bag or any strainer you have at home (you might get extra pulp, if your strainer is not fine, which I like)
Enjoy straight away. Store the rest in reusable bottles with lids in the fridge. Will last 3 to 5 days.
Tastes best freshly juiced