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Tropical Turmeric Carrot Juice & Smoothie

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In my mind, summer runs from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend so it’s officially smoothie season. Not that I don’t slurp smoothies all year long, but it’s now finally warm enough to enjoy them 😉 I’ve got a yummy citrus turmeric concoction for you today but first …

I’m excited to announce I’ll be working with MegaFood over the next several months! Based just north of me in New Hampshire, they make supplements delivered in whole foods (vitamins, nutrient powders, etc.) from ingredients grown on farms they’re partnered with around the country. As in, their Vitamin C is made from oranges grown on an organic farm in Florida. What?? That is so rare in the supplement industry! As I was reading up on the company and browsing their website, I kept thinking it seemed like they produced food, not supplements. But wait … isn’t that the basic idea of a supplement? A concentrated amount of nutrients from a food source? Food science shouldn’t be villainized–it’s not all bad by any means–but I couldn’t help but be excited to seehow close to food’s literal roots MegaFood has stayed.

In a few weeks I’ll be heading up for an on-site visit to get an even deeper understanding of how they operate–so I’ll save the details about the company for that post–but for now here are a few of the highlights that got me excited about this brand:

  • They have traceability from ingredient suppliers all the way to finished product–“farm to tablet.”
  • They’re dedicated to transparency.
  • They use Non-GMO ingredients. Many of their products are also gluten-free, vegan, kosher–the list goes on.

MegaFood has a wide range of products, but I wanted to focus on their Daily Turmeric Nutrient Booster Powder today. I’m no nutrition expert, so to explain it on par with my basic level of knowledge: our body can absorb and utilize nutrients more readily when said nutrients are in the presence of certain other nutrients. One pairing you hear a lot about is Iron and Vitamin C. Taken together, your body is going to be able to utilize a larger portion of the iron*.

Turmeric and black pepper extract are another such pair. If you’re thinking “Black pepper extract in my smoothie?? No thanks!” then you’re not alone (haha). I was like hmmm how the hell am I going to make a blog-worthy juice if this stuff has pepper in it?! Don’t worry! It’s presence is a small enough portion that you don’t even taste it–I promise it won’t throw off the smoothie or juice.

The first question I get asked in the comments when I post a juice recipe is: “Can I use a blender?” So I went ahead and made this tropical turmeric drink two ways: juicer and blender. Both are delicious and pack a nutritional punch, but if you’re looking for the more filling option, obviously go with the smoothie. Personally, I like to go the juice route with turmeric so let’s start with that recipe!

Citrus Turmeric Juice

Directions

  1. Wash and prepare the ingredients. Cut off the root ends of the carrots. Remove the orange and lemon peels (but keep as much of the white pith on there as you can–it’s nutrient-dense). I personally don’t peel the ginger root before juicing since it’s such a small amount.
  2. Push everything except the turmeric through your juicer.
  3. Stir in the turmeric thoroughly and enjoy!

Tropical Carrot Turmeric Smoothie

  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 carrots
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 ginger root
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 heaping cup pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp turmeric (I used a scoop of Daily Turmeric Nutrient Booster Powder)

Directions

1. Wash and prepare the ingredients. If you have a heavy-duty blender, you may be able to just toss the carrots (chopped) and ginger root in as-is. If not, use a grater to shred the carrots and ginger before adding to the blender.

2. Put everything in a blender until smooth. Enjoy!

Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with MegaFood. All opinions-as always!-are my own.
 


 

Reprinted with kind permission of MegaFood

* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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