OJ with a twist!

Prep time: 5 mins
Blending time: 1 min
Serves: 2

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"Orange juice is an American breakfast staple also known as oj"

One day my son started to read the ingredients label on the regular OJ bottle and asked me: "Mom what does 'not from concentrate' mean?"  I had a very vague answer as I thought he wouldn’t be curious to know more and I said that this juice is a less processed as compared to ‘from concentrate juices’.

My son wasn’t satisfied with the answer and so the question kept coming up every day for almost a week when I did my research for him and showed him this chart from Florida’s natural. This was quite informative and he felt satisfied that he learned a few more amazing words like dehydration, heat and pressure compression, flash pasteurization. His intellect was fed but not mine. Ever since that last bottle of OJ was done, it never made its way back to our grocery cart. My son has never asked me why again.

Kids are born curious. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that they are mini scientists.

As it was quickly replaced with this fast to make fresh orange juice recipe. This is not your traditional orange juice it’s spiced and blended with the sweetness of the natural fruit, bees, and love of a mother which only nurtures and heals.

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Ingredients

4 easy to peel medium sized Mandarin oranges
1 tbsp raw organic honey
½ cup of crushed ice

for Garnish

4 mint leaves
¼ tsp fresh ginger
Pinch of nutmeg powder
Pinch of Black salt (if you don’t have use a pinch of salt and pepper combined)

How to:

Peel the oranges let the fibrous threads be, just take the skin off. Roughly tear with your hand the mint leaves and set it aside. Grate ½ an inch piece of peeled ginger and set it aside. In a juicer or Nutri bullet blend the oranges with honey* and ice for about a minute. Or until the juicer/ blender finishes its cycle.
Do a taste for sweetness and add more honey if desired.
Pour into a glass to serve.

Garnishing

Sprinkle a pinch of black salt and  a pinch of nutmeg powder. Add the ginger 1/4 tsp of grated ginger in each glass or just as much as you desire. Lastly add the roughly torn mint leaves. Mix well and enjoy!

Adding spices and root of fresh ginger really enhances the flavor increases the nutritional benefit of the juice.

*Honey is optional if you are diabetic please avoid adding any kind of sweeteners.

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Mariela Pita