Turmeric and ginger detox, liver cleansing, wellness shots! They are commonly sold in fancy grocery stores, cafes and juice shops, and rightly so - they're undoubtedly good for you. Here, I will share the recipe for how you can make a batch of these concentrated turmeric ginger shots, and enjoy them through the week.
Turmeric has been used as an Ayurvedic remedy for over 4000 years. It has countless health (and beauty) benefits with its anti inflammatory properties, amongst a dozen more. You can learn about the health benefits of turmeric here.
You already know I take turmeric capsules everyday, but recently, I have been making these turmeric and ginger shots, with the star of the show being fresh turmeric. Fresh turmeric can be found in many Indian or East Asian grocery stores, as well as local farmers markets. Fresh turmeric root is the cleanest form of consuming turmeric, as it does not lose the essential oils that are compromised in the drying process.
These turmeric ginger shots are combined with lemon, black peppercorns and water. Everything is thrown into a blender (including the skins of the turmeric, ginger, and lemon) until it becomes a puree. Then the mixture is placed into a nut milk bag and the juice is squeezed out. Don't throw the pulp out - that can be dried and then powdered, or used in curries or smoothies.
These turmeric and ginger shots can be taken at any time of the day. I usually take it right before I have breakfast. It is widely known that turmeric is absorbed best with black pepper, but recently, I also learned that combining turmeric with a healthy fat also helps. This can be nuts, oil or avocados. Our go to breakfast is avocado and egg on toast, so when I take the shot, it is usually followed with food that is nutritionally dense in healthy fats. If it is easier for you to add coconut oil to the mixture, go for it.
Taking the shot isn't exactly pleasant, let's be honest! It tastes potent and has a strong aftertaste. So, another way to consume the turmeric shot is by adding it to a smoothie or making a tea with it. You can even drink it with plain water.
In terms of how much turmeric to drink in a day - around 50ml - 100ml is enough.
This recipe makes enough turmeric ginger concentrate to last you a week. Keep it stored it in a bottle or jar in the fridge, and consume within 7 days.
I recommend wearing gloves when making these as turmeric will stain everything!
Turmeric Ginger Detox Shots
Prep Time: 10 min Total Time: 15 mins Yield: 7 servings
100g fresh raw root turmeric
100g fresh raw root ginger
15 black peppercorns
1/3 - 1/2 cup of water (or more)
Thoroughly wash the turmeric, ginger and lemons.
Cut the turmeric and ginger into small pieces (around 1/2 inch) and add to a blender. You do not need to peel the skin off.
Quarter the lemons and place into the blender. You do not need to remove the skins or seeds.
Add the peppercorns and 1/3 cup of water to the blender.
Blend on high for one to two minutes, until you reach a smooth mixture. Add more water to loosen the mixture. You can add more if you want it less concentrated.
Remove the mixture from the blender and place into a nut milk bag, or a sieve with a bowl underneath.
Strain the mixture until all of the juice has left the pulp.
The turmeric ginger concentrate is ready to be consumed, or stored in a bottle or jar in the fridge.
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