“You’re Spanish and despise pork?”
“You’re a Nutritionist, yet you despise carrots?”
Touche, old friend.
It’s true, I really do dislike carrots. Growing up I was that weird child who would eat smoked oysters, sardines, and Brussels sprouts, but if you made soup with carrots I would refuse to eat it; claiming, “It tastes like carrots!!” (Insert whiny 5 year old voice). Now days, I can just pick out the carrots from things and I force myself to eat them shredded on a salad. I feel like I’m my own parent sneaking carrots into things just so I can trick my child self into getting the health benefits. Is it working?
Sort of …
Juicing them is my favourite way so far and this juice is my absolute favourite. It combines the sweetness of carrots with the tang of lemon and ginger with a spicy after kick of turmeric that ways me up and motivates me to get on with the rest of my day. Get that 2 o’clock slump where you need to step away and get energized? This will do the trick!
Note – I find it hard to find fresh turmeric, which is why I use the powdered version. If you can find the fresh rhizome, great, juice a hunk of that instead.
Is it just me or does anyone else usually pronounce this as toom-eric? Oops! Thanks spell check!
Let me introduce you to your new best friend – Turmeric, probably the most effective nutritional supplement out there. This little rhizome was talked about repeatedly at IHN with good reasons, it’s full of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and it has carminative and alterative benefits. Meaning it helps boost the health and vitality of your body. This is great for people who suffer from bowel inflammation like IBS or IBD.
Its main constituent that you’ve probably heard of before is curcumin, you may have seen this in supplement format.
Top Four Ways Curcumin Kicks Ass
- Arthritis Be-Gone, not completely, but it’s strongly anti-inflammatory and can match the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs. It can help with rheumatoidand osteoarthritis, tendonitis, and pain in general.
- Modulates Blood Sugar Stability, by improving insulin receptor function and activating nuclear proteings, curcumin can modulate sugar uptake in the bloodstream. This also has a function with liver enzymes and storing glycogen.
- Cancer Fighter. Studies have shown that curcumin can reduce the growth of new blood cells to tumours (can’t get their food) and the actual spread of cancer cells. So far these have only been proven in a lab.
- Anti-inflammatory boost for Alzheimers. Inflammation plays a huge role in Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have shown that curcumin can cross the blood brain barrier, potentially reducing oxidative damage being done.
Interactions – tumeric does have the possibility to slow blood clotting, ski or be careful if you are regularly taking medication that also slows blood clotting like Aspirin, Voltaren, Advil, etc.
- 10 carrots
- 3 naval oranges, peeled
- 3" hunk of ginger
- 1 lemon, peeled
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- This recipe yields 2 x 500ml servings.
- Juice your carrots, oranges, ginger, and lemon in your juicer.
- In two large glasses, mix ½ tsp of turmeric powder (1/2 tsp of turmeric in each glass) with a little bit of the juice you just made until it makes a little slurry. Add more juice and keep stirring until everything is incorporated. I highly recommend keeping a spoon or a straw so you can stir occasionally while you drink. Feel free to mix the turmeric powder all at once with the juice if you want to get clumpy bits of spice that isn't pleasant.