Welcome to the Carrot Zinger Orangification Journey, brought to you by Fresh Blends, during which we will observe the effects of daily doses of carrot juice on skin tone. In other words, I'm drinking carrot juice from Fresh Blends to see if and when I finally turn orange.
The CZOJ kicked off at Fresh Blends Belmont with an 18-ounce Carrot Zinger prepared by Amy Rowland, pictured here. Here's the recipe for the $5.13 drink:
1.5 oz. lemon juice
3 small thumbs of ginger
half a beet
6 to 7 large carrots
The vibrant pink-orange concoction is strained through a sieve and has a smooth and slightly frothy texture, like velvet satin. Served room temperature, it goes down fast and easy, with a sugary jolt that screams out for something bready to balance it.
But I resisted the urge to grab one of the fresh brownies that was delivered while I was standing inside Fresh Blends. No, the CZOJ will be my excuse to jump-start a healthy summer. Carrot juice is extolled for its curative powers, benefiting everything from eyes to liver, and I'm going to try to make the most of it.
"So, you'll be really healthy," Rowland said supportively. "Orange, but healthy."