This month we are sharing our tasty Turmeric Twist juice recipe – it’s a fabulous carrot and turmeric juice.
Turmeric is a plant that belongs to the ginger family. It looks like a root, very similar in appearance to ginger. Turmeric powder that comes from the plant of the same name, which has been used in India for centuries as a spice, and also as a medicinal herb. You will recognise turmeric as it is a lovely bright yellow colour.
Turmeric is commonly found in Indian food and other food recipes, however you can also add it to your juice to enjoy the health benefits. If you can buy fresh turmeric root, then you can put it through your juicer, like you would do with ginger (no need to peel it, just put a 1cm chunk into your juicer and watch the juice come out). It is quite expensive, and if you only want to use a little of it, you might consider buying ground turmeric (looks like a powder) and using that instead. When using ground turmeric, pick a good quality version (see below) and simply stir it into your juice using a spoon. Sometimes it is easier to use a small hand-blender to combine the turmeric powder and your juice (it gives a smoother consistency).
Health benefits of turmeric
Turmeric has been used by many cultures over the years to assist with weight loss (or weight control), particularly when taken as a tea or in liquid form. It helps with the digestive process and is used in Ayurvedic medicine as a digestive healer.
Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric. In recent years there have been many scientific studies conducted to investigate the health impact of turmeric and these studies have shown consuming turmeric on a regular basis really does have some great health benefits. Turmeric (in particular curcumin) can help to reduce chronic inflammation in the body. It is also a powerful antioxidant (it has a dual effect as it both boosts and makes the body´s natural defence system against the action of free radicals more effective). Some studies suggest that curcumin can help to prevent heart disease, could play a role in the prevention of cancer and also improve brain function, helping to reduce the chance of Alzheimers. The absorption of turmeric is enhanced by including the avocado (a good source of fat) and also adding a little bit of black pepper.
Buy good quality turmeric powder
The level of curcumin in some ground turmeric products can be quite low, so you need to check this when you are looking for turmeric powder to include in your juice. Anything higher than 2% curcumin is a good place to start. I would also suggest buying a product that is organic and check for the addition of other ingredients (e.g. additives, fillers, salt). We always look for products that are certified vegan. Three good options available from Amazon are:
- Superfood World Organic Turmeric powder, 500g (3-4% curcumin content) (external link to Amazon)
- Spice root Organic Turmeric powder, 500g (2-3% curcumin content) (external link to Amazon)
- Sari Foods Organic Turmeric powder, 850g (2-4% curcumin content) (external link to Amazon)
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Turmeric twist: carrot and turmeric juice recipe
2cm chunk unwaxed lemon
Touch of turmeric (1/2 tsp)
Touch of black pepper (1/2 tsp)
Give the carrots, apple, broccoli and lemon a good wash beneath cold running water. If you have an unwaxed lemon you can leave the skin on – if you have a waxed lemon remember to remove the top layer of the skin. Put these ingredients through your juicer. If you are using a large blender, pour the juice into your blender (otherwise leave it in the measuring jug and use a hand blender). Cut the avocado in half and scoop out most of the flesh. Add to the juice. Add in the turmeric and black pepper. Blend for 30-60 seconds. Hey presto, done.
Remember to wash your juicer and blender before drinking your juice – this makes it easier to clean.
Pure veggie turmeric juice option
If you prefer not to have fruit in your juice, you can swap the apple for a courgette or another carrot or two.
Juice detox retreat
Juicing is an important part of allowing your body to cleanse – read about our detox and weightloss retreats here. It is also a great addition to anyone´s diet, and can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
We offer a wide range of different juices here at the retreat for you to try. We have also published many juice recipes on our blog. For ideas, click on the search box “juice recipes”.
About the author
- Lisa is one of the founders of La Crisalida Retreats. She is an Epidemiologist, therapeutic hatha and yin yoga teacher and also teaches mindfulness meditation. Lisa has studied NLP and hypnosis, as well as nutrition (she designs the menus).