A strong juice shot packed with healthy active ingredients like ginger can be a great way to get healthy vitamins and minerals into your body.
Research has shown that ingesting active ingredients including root vegetables such as ginger and turmeric in liquid form is one of the most effective ways to reap the benefits. That’s why here at the Turmeric Co. we exclusively create a range of healthy shots infused with active ingredients that are great for the body - as we firmly believe that this is both the quickest and most effective way to absorb the nutrients.
We use only the very best ingredients in our shots, but our most important ingredient in any recipe is our high-quality turmeric that contains turmerone and curcumin. That’s because turmerone and curcumin are the active ingredients within turmeric that can benefit the body by cleansing and boosting the immune system.
When you recreate our recipes with your own ingredients it is very important that you take the time to source turmeric that contains plenty of curcumin. For example, studies suggest that most store-bought turmeric powders contain very little turmeric (only ~3%). By choosing high-quality turmeric containing curcumin in your recipe your shot will benefit you more.
We believe our delicious shot recipes should be accessible to everyone, so we have done our best to help you recreate one of our most popular recipes at home - a healthy ginger, lemon and turmeric shot recipe.
About Each Ingredient
Before we get started, it’s very important that we explain why we choose each ingredient and what their role is in the recipe.
Although not the main active ingredient in our recipes, watermelon makes up the highest proportion of the liquid. The reason we use watermelon is because it is in a lot of ways better than water. If we used water, this would just water down the other ingredients we use and not actually contribute anything to the overall taste or add any nutritional value. Watermelon gives us all of the benefits of water and more. It is 92% water, but also 6% natural sugars (so we don’t need to add any horrible artificial flavours or sweeteners and can keep our recipes all-natural!). Watermelon is also better at hydrating the body than water, believe it or not. That’s because the remaining 2% is made up of essential rehydration salts - calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium. Of course, if you don’t have any watermelon, you can use water and a bit of sugar, but we strongly recommend using the real deal for the best results.
Pineapple provides another excellent source of natural sweetness in our recipes, but it also packs a nutritional punch as well. A cup of fresh pineapple provides 131% of your daily vitamin C, as well as vitamin A, B-6, calcium, iron, beta-carotene and other antioxidants.
Potential benefits of pineapple (reported by Medical News Today) include reducing swelling, boosting heart health, improving digestion and more. These benefits and its delicious flavour makes pineapple an ideal ingredient to compliment ginger and turmeric-based shots.
Another delicious fruit to add to the mix of this recipe is pomegranate. It is known to be a ‘superfood’ because of its exceptional nutrient density. As well as natural flavour and colour, this ingredient contributes fiber, protein, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and potassium.
Of course, lemon adds a sharp, zesty flavour to any dish or drink - but it is also a powerful ingredient not only in its flavour. Lemons are low in calories and high in Vitamin C - a vitamin that can help to neutralise free-radicals in the body and support heart health.
The benefits of turmeric are well-documented, including in our ‘what are the health benefits of turmeric’ blog post. We have customers from those with arthritis to athletes recovering from injury who tell us that they use our recipes and take our shots on a daily basis to aid recovery. In fact, this was also the story of Turmeric Co. founder and professional footballer Thomas Robson-Kanu, who credits Turmeric with aiding his personal injury recovery. That’s why turmeric continues to be the key ingredient featured in all of our shots and recipes.
As mentioned above, we take care to source the highest quality turmeric in our recipes to ensure that the turmeric contains plenty of curcumin - the key active ingredient in turmeric. When sourcing your own turmeric, use turmeric root not powder so that you can be sure that your shot contains the natural curcumin found in the turmeric root.
We use piperine in our shot recipes - but piperine is simply an extract from black pepper so you can use ground black pepper in your home recipe instead. The most significant benefit of piperine is its ability to boost the absorption of curcumin - the all-important active ingredient in our recipe that we mentioned earlier. Black pepper and piperine in black pepper has been known to help relieve nausea, headaches and poor digestion so it’s a powerful sidekick to turmeric in many ways.
Chop your watermelon in half. Save half for eating later or use it to make more juice and cut the other half into chunks, discarding the outside of the melon.
Cut your pineapple and repeat the process, cutting the fruit into chunky pieces and discarding the shell of the fruit. Add your pineapple and watermelon chunks to the blender.
If you are using a fresh pomegranate, then scrape the seeds into a blender. If you are using juice, simply pour a splash or two of pomegranate juice into your blender.
Grate your fresh turmeric root and ginger root and add to the blender.
Blend your watermelon, pineapple, turmeric, ginger and pomegranate seeds together. Strain the juice into a cup.
Squeeze the juice of your lemon(s) into your cup of juice and stir.
Pour into shot glasses, serve chilled and enjoy.
Top tip: for a sweeter taste, use more pineapple or a teaspoon of honey or to reduce the sweetness, add more lemon.