With Labor Day around the corner, fall is quickly approaching. Wind down the last days of summer with a refreshing DIY peach carrot lemonade by adding in fresh squeezed carrot juice. The carrot juice flavor doesn’t cut through the peach flavor, but it gives it the most beautiful orange color and rounds all of the tangy flavors out.You don’t have to juice your own carrots if you don’t own a juicer, bottled carrot juice will work as well. Or, you can throw carrots and peaches in a high speed blender, puree, and run through a fine mesh sieve to extract their juice.
Carotenoids, found in carrots and other orange vegetables, are potent antioxidants that can help reduce your risk of various forms of temporary illnesses and serious chronic diseases. Carrots and carrot juice benefit the immune system by helping to defend the body from free radical damage, harmful bacteria, viruses and inflammation.
The antioxidants that are responsible for carrot and carrot juice benefits include: vitamin C, beta carotene, lycopene, lutein, zeaxanthin. Carrots are one of the highest natural sources of carotenoid phytochemicals and antioxidant beta carotene,both of which fight cancer by stopping DNA damage, levels of inflammation and cell mutation. Evidence suggests that consuming high levels of carotenoids from fruits and vegetables can be protective in relation to cancer recurrence. Studies show that these antioxidants in carrots may be able to fight leukemia cells and may play a role in reducing your risk of some of the most widespread types of cancers, including ovarian and breast cancer.
One study observed the effects of women with a history of breast cancer consuming eight ounces of fresh orange juice and carrot juice daily for a three-week period. These results showed that daily intake of fresh carrot juice benefited the body’s defenses against cancer and was an effective approach to increasing levels of protective antioxidant carotenoids in the blood. This, in turn, reduced oxidative stress and inflammation, both of which protect against cancer growth.
- 6 carrots
- 3 large peaches
- 2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 2 cups water
- 2¾ cups Sugar, divided
- Water, for mixing
- Juice the carrots and peaches and place juice in a large saucepan with ¾ cup sugar. Bring just to a simmer, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat. Pour into a container and chill in the fridge for about 2 hours.
- Place the lemon juice, 2 cups water, and 2 cups sugar in a large saucepan and bring just to a simmer, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat. Pour into a large pitcher and chill for about 2 hours.
- To mix:Fill a pitcher half way full with ice. Pour half the lemon mixture into a pitcher. Pour half of the carrot/peach syrup over ice. Mix together and add water until desired strength is reached.
- Makes 2 pitchers of lemonade.