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February 17, 2021

Robin Frey

OJ Citrus Cooler (Vitamin C Juice Recipe)

If you want to boost your immune system in a tasty way, this juice recipe is for you.

We asked our in-house chef Ari to come up with a recipe that implemented high-in-Vitamin C produce like oranges and pineapple. The result of his work is this Orange Juice Citrus Cooler, every major ingredient of which is rich in Vitamin C.

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Why We Love This Vitamin C-Heavy Juice Recipe

The OJ Citrus Fruit Cooler has it all: good looks, yummy flavor and powerful health benefits.

Sweet, but not too sweet.  Some people shy away from drinking orange juice and pineapple juice because of the sugar, but what they may not be taking into account is how consuming it actually affects the body. Even though oranges are sweet, they are low on the glycemic index (GI), which means it has a low effect on blood sugar and insulin levels. Pineapples are fairly high in sugar and a relatively higher glycemic index, however, because they are about 86% water, the glycemic load is actually quite low when you consume the serving size used in this recipe. 

Fruity, but with a hint of veggie and a little kick (from the ginger). If that doesn’t make you thirsty for this immune boosting treat, maybe this close up will:

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Now, let’s go over 5 of the major health benefits.

1. Supports Immune System

This juice is packed with vitamins and minerals that boost your immune system. Every ingredient, except ginger, is rich in vitamin C. There’s also some Vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), potassium and magnesium. All of which support a healthy immune system.

2. Anti-Inflammatory

All ingredients have anti-inflammatory properties that can help fight diseases that are linked to chronic inflammation like rheumatoid arthritis,  dermatitis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), diabetes, psoriasis, asthma, and Crohn’s disease, among others.

3. Improves Digestion

Pineapple, ginger and lime are all known to improve digestive health for different reasons:

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4. Increases Energy

Orange is listed as one of Healthline’s 27 Foods That Can Give You More Energy. That’s driven by it’s abundance of vitamin C, B9-folate and antioxidants. The potassium and complex carbohydrates in carrots are also great for increasing energy, as is the vitamin B6 in ginger.

5. Can Lower Cholesterol, Blood Sugar and Blood Pressure Levels

Once again, orange is the hero here. It can help lower all three. Carrot can also help lower cholesterol.

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Other Fruits & Veggies with High Vitamin C Levels

This fresh juice recipe is a vitamin C powerhouse. But, for your reference, we also wanted to include a list of other produce that are known to be immune boosters thanks to their high vitamin C content. Here are some of the most popular (source):

  • Chili peppers and bell peppers
  • Plums, cherries and guavas
  • Leafy greens and herbs like parsley, mustard spinach, kale and thyme
  • Kiwis and strawberries (see: Strawberry Kiwi Juice recipe)
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Citrus fruits like lemons/lemon juice and grapefruit
  • Papayas and persimmons
  • Cantaloupe

(Note: Vitamin C isn’t only great for your immune system. It is also one of many antioxidants that can help block some of the damage caused by free radicals. Learn more about the power of vitamin C here.)

You may also like: The Best Healthy Green Juice Recipe

Equipment note: We used the M-1 commercial juice press to make this juice recipe, but you can use pretty much any type of juicer. Just keep in mind that the quality will always be higher when using a juice press.Learn more about the industry-leading commercial juicers we use to make our recipes.

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Carolyn

I've been trying to figure out how to convert this recipe into 16oz as opposed to 12oz and am having trouble with it. Can someone help me with this please? Thanks

Oct 10, 2021
Robin Frey

Hi Carolyn, Sure, no problem. Just divide your required yield (16 oz) by the recipe yield (12 oz) and that will give you the conversion factor (1.33) that you will use to multiply each ingredient by. 1. Recipe yield = 12 oz, Required yield = 16 oz 2. Conversion factor 1. = 16 oz (required yield) ÷ 12 oz (recipe yield) 2. = 1.33 Multiply each ingredient by the conversion factor (1.33)

Oct 11, 2021
Valeria Boehler

Delicious! Renamed to g.o.a.t because it’s just that good . Flavors balance perfectly! Thank you

Jun 25, 2021
Robin Frey

Your welcome Valeria, glad you love it!

Jun 26, 2021
Jessicam

Yummm! Sounds delicious. If I want to make more than 12oz, lets say 36oz, do I just triple the whole recipe? Thanks!!

Mar 16, 2021
Robin Frey

Hi Jessica! Yes, you would just triple the whole recipe, let us know how you like it 😄

Mar 16, 2021