Carrot Ginger Turmeric Juice is bright, refreshing, and full of anti-inflammatory ingredients! Ready in just about 5 minutes, it’s a great morning treat that is very hydrating. It’s inspired by the version from Trader Joe’s and no juicer is required!
To begin, what is turmeric?
Turmeric is a flowering plant and spice that comes from the root (rhizome) of the curcuma longa plant, which is a perennial in the ginger family. Its major active ingredient is curcumin, which is what gives it such a bright yellow color. Beware, this can stain items easily!
It has a bitter, strong, and earthy flavor and an aroma similar to mustard. Fresh turmeric can be purchased in most large scale grocery and health food store produce sections. Dried turmeric can be found in the spice aisle.
Ingredients in this Recipe for Homemade Carrot Ginger Turmeric Juice
- 3 large organic carrots, sliced into short pieces
- Juice of one large lemon
- 1 inch (2.54 cm) knob of fresh ginger (or 1 tsp ground ginger)
- 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) knob of fresh turmeric (or 1/4 tsp ground turmeric)
- 3 twists of freshly ground black pepper (one large pinch)
- Pinch of chili powder
- 1 TBS maple syrup
- 2 cups cold water
As you may be able to see in these photos, I used pink lemons in this recipe just for fun. Regular lemons work perfectly well!
Positive Qualities of these Ingredients
Below I’ve summarized just a few of the great characteristics of these ingredients! I am not a health professional of course, just providing this for reference (please feel free to click on the links included to learn more).
Health Benefits of Carrots
Carrots have a host of benefits, most notably that they are good for your eyesight, thanks to beta-carotene which our bodies turn into Vitamin A. They are also full of the antioxidants (carotenoids and anthocyanins), which can help fight off cancer-causing free radicals. Vitamin C found in carrots will also help strengthen your immune system.
Health Benefits of Ginger
Ginger is also loaded with antioxidants and compounds that help reduce inflammation in the body. It’s well known to assist with nausea and indigestion. An active compound in ginger known as a gingerol can help lower inflammation and keep blood sugar levels steady. Ground ginger can be substituted for fresh ginger in this recipe if needed.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
Keeping with the theme today, turmeric is another ingredients famous for its anti-inflammatory power. Turmeric has also been shown to improve memory and lessen the body’s pain response which fighting free radicals. With this ability to lower inflammation and oxidation, this can correspond to a lowered risk of heart disease. It’s worth noting that while turmeric is popular in Ayurvedic medicine, there is still research needed regarding overall effectiveness for treating disease. Ground turmeric can be substituted for fresh turmeric in this recipe if needed.
How to Make Carrot Ginger Turmeric Juice
1. To a high-speed blender, add chopped carrot pieces, lemon juice, ginger, turmeric, black pepper, chili powder, maple syrup, and cold water. Blend on low speed, gradually increasing until everything is incorporated.
2. Pour mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove juice pulp. Alternatively, pour through a thin cloth or nut milk bag, squeezing to expel all juice. Set pulp aside (more details on that in the notes below).
3. Serve immediately, or chill in the fridge for 2-3 days.
When juicing turmeric or ginger, can you leave the skin on?
Yes. While like any produce it is good to wash it thoroughly prior to using (it does grow in the ground after all), the skins of turmeric and ginger are safe to consume. To save time, I toss them right in the blender after washing, peel and all.
How long does turmeric juice last?
This juice will last for 2-3 days when stored in a pitcher in the refrigerator. It tastes best when fresh.
What can I do with juice pulp?
To reduce food waste, I highly encourage you to save juice pulp leftover from this recipe. It can easily be incorporated into baked goods. For example, it can take the place of grated zucchini in this vegan zucchini bread recipe. It can also be easily folded into this vegan pancake recipe.