Happy monday, friends! So I've been making this drink for myself every so often for the past few months. Ideally, I'd be drinking this everyday--- (it's my goal) but I haven't started yet. This week we're moving the mixer off the counter (*tear* it's so pretty) and moving our juicer onto the counter in hopes to juice a whole lot more--- but to be completely honest, I don't have high hopes for this goal. I'm hoping/wanting to drink this + a green juice everyday--- or a few times a week at the very least! My body hit a major and painful wall of inflammation after c. diff and everything--- so stuff like this has been huge life saver for my gut and body. Anyway, you don't NEED a juicer to make this. I mean, it would be a whole lot easier (and smoother) with a juicer, but I wanted to put together this recipe for you to make at home without a juicer. 1. because not everyone has a juice. and 2. juicers can be expensive! Do you have a juicer? Do you want to use it? Well, great! You can do that too!
So I had been debating on sharing this recipe for two weeks or so. There are so many variations you can try. I guess the thing that finally inspired me to share was that when we were out in miami at the farmers last week, I saw a bottle of turmeric tonic I was SO excited. I tried it-- and it was really good-- but not what I was personally craving. I like a lot of acid in drinks-- and kind of lemon overload when I make this at home. Lemon is great at jump starting your metabolism and alkalizing your body. And of course it's loaded with vitamin C too. The tonic at the market also had honey in it. I dont add honey to mine. You can, but I don't. I find that juicing an orange in there makes the drink sweet enough! Also, there are a lot of different varieties of turmeric-- but chances are, unless you live in the subtropics/tropics, you're only going to find one kind--- and that's okay! Any turmeric is better than no turmeric! Even just the powder is wonderful, though I do recommended using fresh stuff as much as you can!
I don't want to get too much into the food science of everything involved in this drink-- but the health benefit list is LONG. REALLY LONG. In short: this drink truly is a super food (drink?). It's cancer fighting, virus fighting, inflammation reducing (basically the cause of all chronic disease today), alkalizing, immune boosting, on and on and on. Your body will love you forever for this one.
Do to the standard american diet (s.a.d.), most of our bodies are in a constant state of inflammation-- there's been a ton of research out there on how truly dangerous this is. Both turmeric and ginger, especially when eaten daily) will drastically reduce this. I mean, in general, it just makes sense to eat a better, whole food diet and reduce the junk, but even just this step will help A LOT!
fresh turmeric from our garden! I love living in the tropics!
a mircoplane zester OR juicer (we have THIS one)
2 tablespoons peeled and grated turmeric
1 teaspoon peeled and grated ginger
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
1 1/2 cup water (or to taste)
pinch of black pepper*
optional: pinch of cayenne or a bit of raw unfiltered honey.
-peel both ginger and turmeric and finely grate
-add grated ginger + turmeric + pinch of pepper to jar/container
-juice lemon and orange and combine in jar with water.
-shake shake shake (or stir, duh) and drink.
-peel ginger, turmeric, lemons, and orange and juice
-add pinch of pepper
-add water to taste
*So whats up with the pepper? Well black pepper helps activate the healing and free radical fighting properties of the turmeric. google "curcumin" for more info! If you just add a pinch of pepper, it wont overwhelm the drink, don't worry!
So the benefits of using a juicer? You're not left with turmeric hands. I personally don't mind turmeric hands--- but if you have a job that requires you to not have yellow finger tips consider wearing gloves.... or asking someone else to make you this drink ;)
And voila! An antioxidant packed super drink! Whether you're fighting a cold or have inflammation issues, this drink is magic! I'm going to make a big ole batch tomorrow again. I can't wait! I hope you guys make it too! Play around with the ratios and see what you personally like. For me, it's a lemon party ;) I hope you guys had a great weekend and have an eve better week ahead of you!
ps. if you guys do want me to get into the benefits of each ingredient and whatnot when I do these recipes, just let me know. I tend to skip it--- only because I've read ten million articles by now and I assume everyone else has too, but that's probably not the case, ay? I dont want to be a broken record for what's all over the web-- but I don't want to leave you head scratching either! Just let me know!
pps. you can find a bunch of similar but different healthy tonics HERE :)