It’s been a chilly last couple of days here at the bottom of the world (New Zealand), with some areas reaching record lows of -20degrees celcius! Here in Nelson, it’s also been cold, but thank goodness not -20 cold! It’s difficult to stay on top of your health in winter, nourishing your body with foods that help it to thrive through the cold snaps. I make a conscious effort of getting out in the glorious winters sunshine, to absorb as much Vitamin D as possible. This Liquid Sunshine Juice will help boost your energy during these chilly days.
We’ve come to learn that the a fair amount of us are deficient in Vitamin D, so keeping these levels high is not only key to health during winter, but can really make a difference in our overall moods. SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is a reality for alot of people, and an increase in the correct vitamins and minerals through diet and supplementation can really help this disorder. I also try really hard to stay as active as I can. Exercise has such great effects on your overall mood as it stimulates all the endorphin’s (dopamine) that leave you feeling great! Along with this I pay extra attention to what I eat and try to nourish my body during winter with loads of antioxidant/anti-inflammatory foods as possible, to keep my immune system strong to beat any nasty colds that may arise. That’s where this amazing Liquid Sunshine Juice comes into the picture.
For those of you who don’t know, turmeric is usually what gives curry and spicy dishes their yellow color. It’s normally found in powdered form, but for this juice recipe, I used fresh turmeric root. Fresh turmeric root kind of resembles an alien life form, but don’t let it’s knobbly rhizomes put you off, as it is packed full of the most amazing anti-inflammatory, bio active compounds.
Turmeric is a plant of the ginger family, and it’s main active ingredient is curcumin. It has a distinctly earthy, slightly bitter and it’s this curcumin compound that gives the root it’s glowing yellow/orange color. Curcumin has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
” According to the Journal of the American Chemical Society, turmeric contains a wide range of antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, anti fungal, anti carcinogenic, antimutagenic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also loaded with many healthy nutrients such as protein, dietary fiber, niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc. Due to all these factors, turmeric is often used to treat a wide variety of health problems. ” Source
Some of these health problems include the prevention (and sometimes even the treatment) of certain cancers, relief of arthritis, helps to control diabetes, reduces cholesterol levels in the blood, boosts the immune system and aids in the healing of wounds. It also helps reduce the risk of heart disease, fights against depression and in some cases has been useful in the treatment of Alzheimer.
So believe me when I say this is one ingredient you definitely want to make regular use of, be it winter, or summer 🙂
Like a ginger root, to use fresh turmeric, use a teaspoon to scrape off the peel but be cautious as the ‘flesh’ does stain. It can then be used a wide array of foods and drinks – juices, smoothies, rices, marinades, golden mylks, curries, omelettes, soups and a whole lot more.
This juice will definitely perk you up on the coldest of winters days! It really helps to boost the immune system, up the vitamin levels and leaves you feeling happy! And it tastes amazing!!! I actually think I’m off to make some more right now! If you are sensitive to the sweeter things in life (like me), remember to dilute your juice with water to avoid any rapid spikes in blood sugar.
- 2 Oranges (Peeled)
- 1 Apple (Washed - variety of your choice)
- 1 Large Carrot (Washed)
- 1 Lemon (Peeled - Use 1/2 a lemon if you're new to juicing)
- 2 Inch Knob of Fresh Ginger (Use a little less if you're new to juicing)
- 2 Inch Knob of Fresh Turmeric (Use a 1 inch knob if you're new to juicing)
- Wash, rinse, peel and prep all ingredients.
- Juice all ingredients through a juicer.
- Remember to dilute with water to taste, especially if you're sensitive to the 'sweeter' things in life, like me.
- I used a masticating juicer for this recipe.
So delicious, and such an amazing color too! My friends, I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!