We use carrots quite frequently in vegetable juices. We love carrot juice, but that is not true for everybody. It’s normal to imagine carrots being part of almost every tonic! However some of us just don’t like to drink carrot juice, yet on the other hand, some are allergic or find carrots to be too sweet because of pancreas troubles, and/or hypoglycemia, diabetes.
Doctors are saying no to fruit juices for those who suffer from blood sugar problems, but let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water.
We realize this can be an issue for some people, and it’s true, carrots have become hybridized, so much so, that their natural sugar content is much higher.
We have good news!
You don’t have to bypass juicing any longer…..hopefully our substitutions will bring you some help.
Whenever you see a juicing recipe that calls for carrots, we recommend you substitute l large zucchini for approximately 3-4 medium sized carrots. So if the recipe calls for 10 carrots, use approximately 3 large zucchinis.
Zucchini, in its raw state has a very sweet taste and also juices very well.
Here’s a great TONIC for substituting Carrots with Zucchini:
2 Large Zucchini (Green)
1 Red Delicious Apple
1 Lime with skin
6 Large or 3 Super Large Swiss Chard Leaves
1 Medium Beet with a few of the Beet Greens
(This makes a fantastic, sweet and powerful tonic….one of our personal summertime faves)
Here’s some interesting facts about Zucchini:
Zucchini Squash is low in Saturated Fat and Sodium, and very low in Cholesterol. It’s also a good source of Protein, Vitamin A, Thiamin, Niacin, Phosphorus and Copper, and an excellent source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Magnesium, Potassium and Manganese. Usage: Raw in vegetable platters, but especially wonderful, shredded in salads, and used in juices to replace carrots.
Selection: Good-quality zucchini, also known as courgette in the U.K., should be firm, smooth-skinned and small in size. The surface will shiny and dark-green in color. Also, they come as Yellow. These are just as potent, if not more potent than the green Zucchini, because of the bright yellow colours.
Avoid: Avoid product that is soft, wrinkled, blemished or dull in appearance, or has fungus on the skins located on the soft parts of the Zucchini. Large squash will be less tender than smaller product. Zucchini is available year-round, with peaks in late spring and early summer.
Another good substitute for carrots are Cucumbers.
When you see a vegetable juice recipe that calls for carrots, and you don’t have any yellow or green zucchinis around, you can substitute 1 large cucumber for every 5 carrots. Why? Because cucumbers have more juice in them than zucchinis, plus the English Cucumbers are larger than most cucumbers. Cucumbers have a nice sweet taste to them as well.
We don’t recommend you using cucumbers that have wax on them. Be careful because some organic cucumbers can and ‘do’ have wax on them. Try buying the English Cucumbers that are packaged in plastic. Jay and I buy these frequently, and have found a good organic source where we will, and are confident you too can find them. Since we live in a small town, there shouldn’t be any troubles in finding them. Some organic growers don’t use the plastic to cover them, so just make sure to ask them for the organic English Cucumbers.
Here’s some great information about Cucumbers:
Cucumbers are low in Saturated Fat, awith very little Cholesterol and Sodium. They’re also a good source of Vitamin A, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Manganese, and a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Potassium. They are also very high in natural mineral water, so when juiced, it easily helps hydrate your skin.
Usage: Salads, Juices!
Selection: Good quality cucumbers are an even dark-green color, firm and relatively thin but can be either long or short.
Storage: Store in containers, either plastic zip lock or in a storage container. Otherwise they develop fungus and wilt.
Avoid: Avoid cucumbers that are soft, yellow or wrinkled on the ends, or especially the ones that have fungus on the skins. Huge fat cucumbers may be full of large seeds and bitter. That’s why we recommend English Cucumbers. They are not fat, they are slender and yield a superior amount of juice over the seeded, wetter, fatter kinds of cucumbers you get in the grocery store.
Here’s a great tonic substitution for carrot juice by using Cucumbers:
2 Large Cucumbers (preferably English)
3 cups Spinach
1 Lime with skin or 1 Lemon with skin
1 cup Parsley
2 Red Delicious Apples
1 inch square fresh Ginger Root
(This is a great tonic! It tastes fantastic, and is a super beautiful green colour. Most people can not even realize how sweet this tonic is, but it’s a fantastic drink for the summertime.)