Uplifting orange and grapefruit juice with fresh turmeric and ginger
For me, 2017 has been the year of juicing. In fact, my first post of the year was this gorgeous green juice recipe. Getting my own juicer has been a total game-changer, and has meant that I can have cold-pressed juice as often as I like, without the accompanying feeling of regret for paying over £5 for a green juice. Not to mention that those juices are often made of ingredients that cost nowhere near that price. Of course, getting a juicer is an investment (unless you're as lucky as I was to get gifted one), but it does pay off if you juice regularly and you don't mind cleaning your machine.
To follow on the 2017 juicing theme, I thought I'd share a favourite juice that I've been making over the last couple months. I have been dealing with back and neck pain for quite some time now, and alongside my physiotherapy and stretching exercises, I have been trying to include anti-inflammatory foods into my diet to help manage the issue. I'm sure you've heard of the anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin, a component present in turmeric (it has been all over the place lately!) Besides drinking turmeric tea (I really like this one) and making turmeric curries (I've been enjoying this one lately), I've also been experimenting with adding turmeric to fresh juice.
This juice is really easy to make, with only four ingredients: orange, pink grapefruit, ginger and turmeric. I find that when juiced, the combination of these beautiful fruits and roots looks like the sunrise on a clear day. A sunrise in a glass - can there be anything more uplifting than that?
Now, I have to warn you - if you don't like tart juices, this one may not be for you. It is barely sweet, quite tangy and you can really taste the turmeric. Before making this juice, I hadn't really noticed the taste of turmeric on its own, as normally I eat it in combination with other things (and most often as part of a curry). This juice lets the natural flavour of turmeric shine - it's floral and quite powerful. If you're not that big of a fan of turmeric, I suggest reducing the amount in the recipe. I should also warn you that turmeric can stain, so be careful when preparing the turmeric if you don't want a bright yellow counter top!
I have included two methods to prepare the juice, in case you don't have a centrifugal juicer. The first method consists of simply passing all ingredients through a centrifugal juicer. The second method is done using a citrus squeezer for the citrus fruits. Then, fresh ginger is grated and pressed through a fine-mesh sieve and added to the citrus juice, and powdered turmeric is added in at the end. Both methods will give great results, so hopefully those of you who don't have juicers will be able to enjoy this uplifting juice as well!
I hope you enjoy this juice as much as I do and that it leaves you feeling uplifted. Do you have a favourite juice combination that includes turmeric? What other ways do you incorporate turmeric into your diet? I'd love to hear about it in the comments section!
Uplifting orange and grapefruit juice with fresh ginger and turmeric
This juice looks like the sunrise and has me feeling great from the moment I start making it. It has a tangy kick from the ginger and fresh grapefruit and beautiful aromas from the fresh turmeric. I have added two sets of instructions, one using a centrifugal juicer and the other using a citrus squeezer. If going the citrus squeezer route, I suggest using turmeric powder. If you like things on the sweeter side, I recommend adding a few more oranges to the mix.
- 8-9 small juicing oranges, peeled
- 4 pink grapefruits, peeled
- 2 tbsp fresh ginger ginger, peeled (and grated if using the citrus squeezer method)
- 1-2 tbsp fresh turmeric, peeled (or 1/2 to 1 tsp turmeric powder if using the citrus squeezer method)
Centrifugal juicer method:
Juice all ingredients using a centrifugal juicer.
Citrus squeezer method:
Juice the oranges and grapefruits using a citrus squeezer and add to a pitcher or large container. Grate the ginger, and then squeeze out the ginger juice over the pitcher by pressing it through a fine-mesh sieve. Add as much dried turmeric to the juice as desired and mix well.
Drink immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for a day or two.
Makes 1-1.2 L juice. Serves 4.