Rhapsody in Orange

Written by Katarina Smiljanec
Part of National Nutrition Month 2014

Imagine a rainbow of tropical colors combined in a nutritious drink! Fresh squeezed juice is a delicious way of refreshing and energizing your body. By focusing and thinking about what you are tasting, you are also making your brain exercise and stay healthy.

ingredients for healthy juice

I decided to make a juice from fresh oranges, carrots, grapefruit and ginger (in the picture). The pigments from each blend together to create an appealing bright orange color, stimulating the appetite. The dominating citrus aroma from the oranges is fused with a hint of ginger, making your brain curious as to what exactly you will taste. When the refreshing drink touches your taste buds, the smooth consistency allows you to differentiate between each of the blended fruits and veggies. The mild, sweet flavor of carrots and citrusy, sweet flavor of oranges makes the base of the juice while the grapefruit and ginger root give just a slight bitter aftertaste, but enough to make you go for more.

There are numerous fruit and veggie combinations that will excite your taste buds. It takes no longer than a few minutes of your busy schedule to make juice with them. Some of them might not taste good to you, but experimenting with different ingredients can open up the doors to amazing flavors. Which is your favorite combo?

For those that would like to try the described juice, here is the recipe:


  • 7 carrots
  • 3 oranges
  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • 0.5”x1” piece of ginger root

Yields 12oz of juice.

Wash all the ingredients. Peel the oranges and the grapefruit. There is no need to peel the carrots and the ginger root. Juice the fruits and veggies, pour in a glass, and enjoy!


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