A few weeks ago I posted a picture to Instagram of some fun finds from my trip to Whole Foods. One of them was a tasty new beverage that I instantly fell in love with. I did not however, fall in love with the price! At about $5 a bottle, I knew it would either have to be an occasional indulgence or I would have to make it myself. So time to get to experimenting! Today’s recipe for Lemon Turmeric Tonic is so delicious, that my husband and I finished off the entire batch in one afternoon. It’s seriously good you guys.
Why Fall in Love with Turmeric?
I’m head over heels for this little powerhouse root. On a superficial level, the color is gorgeous!! But turmeric is so much more than a pretty color. Curcumin is the source of that stunning yellow/orange and it’s the reason turmeric is so amazing. Curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties that have also been shown to support joint health and strengthen digestion.
Increasing the Bio-availability of Curcumin
When consuming turmeric, it’s important to always include black pepper in your preparation. Piperine, the part of pepper that makes it peppery, increases the bio-availability of curcumin which means that it will be better absorbed and used by the body. By adding a pinch of freshly ground black pepper to this Lemon Turmeric Tonic, we can make sure we are getting the maximum curcumin benefits as well as adding a spicy kick to our drink! Curcumin is also lipophilic, which means it has an affinity for binding with fat. The good fats from the coconut milk in this tonic will power up of all this immune system awesomeness!
Lemon Turmeric Tonic is Good-For-You Deliciousness
Consuming foods that are healthy is a good thing, right? But isn’t it a major bonus if they taste good too? That’s where the flavors of this Lemon Turmeric Tonic really shine. Freshly squeezed lemon juice (as well as a little orange juice for sweetness) makes this the perfect summery drink. The nice kick of Vitamin C doesn’t hurt either! I also threw in a huge chunk of fresh ginger. Because ginger. But seriously, ginger is another power packed root. Anti-inflammatory in nature and beneficial for healthy digestion, fresh ginger just rocks.
After giving this recipe a go, don’t miss out on some of my other favorite ways to consume turmeric: Golden Milk, Golden Broth, Turmeric Cauli Couscous, or a Golden Mango Smoothie. See? I told you I love turmeric.
- One can of full-fat coconut milk
- 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 3 small lemons)
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (about 1/2 an orange)
- 4 inches of fresh turmeric root, peeled
- 2 inches of fresh ginger root, peeled
- Pinch of real salt
- Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon to 1 Tablespoon of local honey (add more or less depending on how sweet you prefer your tonic)
- Add all of the above ingredients to a blender.
- Process until smooth and slightly frothy. It took about a minute in my blender.
- This recipe makes about three cups of tonic, which I like to store in a Mason jar in the refrigerator.
- Serve chilled or over ice and enjoy!
- Please note, this beverage will separate when stored in the fridge. Just shake it up in the jar or use your immersion blender to mix it back up and add some froth.