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Ginger and turmeric shots

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In the last year or two I have been trying to do everything that I can to help my body be healthier. Regular movement, eating better and making sure that my body has all the vitamins and minerals it needs to run effectively have made a big difference. Recently I’ve started to enjoy these ginger and turmeric shots.

These turmeric and ginger shots are super simple to make, significantly cheaper than the shop bought ones and I’m finding they are a great way to start my day. I feel awake, that’s for sure, after I take one and they help power me through the busy morning routine as a working Mum of 2.

Personally I make mine using a blender, as I wouldn’t have much use for a juicer, but if you have a juicer this will make the process even easier for you. If you’ve got a blender and a sieve or cheesecloth then you can knock these up in a couple of minutes.

These shots work out to around 15-20p individually, versus £1-£2.50 individually premade. These are so cheap homemade they feel like they are almost free!

Three ginger and turmeric shots in individual bottles sitting on a tray filled with peppercorns. In the background is a black stone pestle and mortar and two other wellness shots.

Ingredients for ginger and turmeric shot recipe:

Thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger (or a frozen cube)

1/2 cm piece of fresh turmeric or 1/2 teaspoon of ground or dried turmeric

4 apples

150ml apple juice

A dash of black pepper for each shot (5-6)

I also have *individual bottles that I use to store the shots. You can use any storage containers you already have on hand or even just keep it as a large mix in the fridge and dispense what you need each morning.

Method for making turmeric and ginger shots:

I do not peel the ginger, turmeric or apples. You CAN do this if you’d prefer, however, as you’re going to be sieving or juicing it feels a little pointless.

Core the apples if you like (I do).

Add the ginger, turmeric, apple pieces and apple juice to your blender. If you’re juicing then just juice the ginger, turmeric and apple pieces, add the apple juice to the mixture at the end.

Blend well (or juice). I use a high speed blender, the Nutribullet.

Sieve or squeeze through a cheesecloth or even a nut milk bag should work. Anything with a fine mesh strainer works.

I use a spatula or silicone spoon to push the mixture down for 1-2 minutes, moving it around, to ensure as much liquid as possible is removed. I also use the spoon to run along the underneath of the sieve as there is always quite a bit of the thicker liquid there.

Add the mixture, 50-60ml, to individual bottles.

Crack a little black pepper into each bottle.

The reason I dispense into individual bottles is partly for convenience in the morning and partly that the black pepper seems to settle in one place and then most of the shots don’t have it in them when poured out daily.

Black pepper has piperine which apparently helps absorption of curcumin which is found within turmeric. Overall this is believed to help with joint pain and inflammation.

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Want to try a different juice in your ginger turmeric wellness shots?

You can definitely swap the 150ml of apple juice for another juice of choice. Pineapple juice, mango juice or orange juice have all been delicious when we’ve tried them. 

Recently I have found that it’s sometimes cheaper to buy individual cartons of apple and mango juice, so have been using them. It just helps to make the ginger turmeric shots taste extra delicious! 

I’ve seen people adding lemon juice, but personally I was NOT a fan! You could add a little water if you want to stretch it a little further too, or water the taste down slightly.

Have I noticed any difference since taking these?

Of course anything that I share here is anecdotal, as it is based on my own experience, and I’m not medically qualified.

I personally have found that my immune system seems to be better lately. My children have had a couple of bugs and viruses and I’ve stayed well throughout. I even spent a week with my daughter who had a recurring vomiting bug, and I remained healthy.

My joints are still suffering, as I have a couple of chronic health conditions, but I am more mobile, walking more and working out more frequently at the gym so I seem to be having less frequent pain flare ups and they’re less severe.

However, this could also just be because we’re settling into the colder months now and I’ll have lots more flare ups to come!

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What are the benefits of ginger and turmeric shots? What does turmeric and ginger do for the body?

Between ginger and turmeric there are studies that seem to show they work to reduce inflammation and help to support joints.

The antioxidants can help to boost your immune system which may help your body to be better at fighting off illnesses and defending itself against germs.

As well as feeling more alert, and getting a boost of energy, your digestion should be improved thanks to the shots stimulating your digestive enzymes.

Does ginger and turmeric help with weight loss?

Stop looking for a quick fix for weight loss! Cardio, strength training and eating in a small calorie deficit is the healthy, and safest, way to lose weight for most people. Of course eating a balanced diet with lots of homemade meals will help. These shots do help me stay on track as they remind me that I’m trying to be healthier before I make my breakfast! 

Personally I’ve found that gradually increasing exercise, in a small deficit of calories, helped me to lose some weight. Looking into what health benefits are right for me has helped me make better habits for myself.

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Should you take ginger and turmeric shots before or after eating?

Personally I take mine before breakfast. This helps me to feel alert and awake for the first busy period of my day. Also, it is apparently the best way to boost absorption. If you’re not a fan of this, or find it isn’t great for your digestion, then you can take them with or just after your breakfast.

Is it OK to drink turmeric and ginger everyday?

I do! I’ve not had any issues. I AM on medication, but I haven’t noticed any new digestion issues with taking these shots daily. When I start something new I always monitor my pain levels and digestion. This makes it easy to check for any issues one week or month after making a big nutrition or physical change.

I am NOT medically qualified, so do speak to your doctor if you’re in doubt about whether you should enjoy these shots.

Can you use frozen ginger and turmeric?

Absolutely. I tend to buy fresh turmeric from Sainsburys and sometimes frozen ginger from Farmfoods. Just check the ingredients to ensure you’re getting 100% ginger and not one that is frozen with olive oil.

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Who should not take turmeric ginger shots?

There are some people who should probably skip these shots; anyone on blood-thinners, with gallbladder issues, or anyone prone to kidney stones as well as the usual disclaimer if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding then consult a healthcare professional first. 

If you make this recipe following my exact method it is suitable for most dietary requirements, including vegan.

Want to add apple cider vinegar to your shots?

You could, but personally I find it VILE! I’d suggest taking that as a separate shot, if you’re looking to experiment to see if those alleged health benefits are true.

Why not try out some of my other recipes while you’re here?

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How to make ginger and turmeric shots:

Three ginger and turmeric shots in individual bottles sitting on a tray filled with peppercorns. In the background is a black stone pestle and mortar and two other wellness shots.
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Ginger and turmeric shots

How to make delicious ginger and turmeric wellness shots using a blender or juice.

Course Drinks
Cuisine British
Keyword ginger, turmeric
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 6 shots
Calories 72 kcal
Author Katykicker

Ingredients

  • Thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger or a frozen cube
  • 1/2 cm piece of fresh turmeric or 1/2 teaspoon of ground or dried turmeric
  • 4 apples
  • 150 ml apple juice
  • A dash of black pepper for each shot 5-6

Instructions

  1. I do not peel the ginger, turmeric or apples. You CAN do this if you'd prefer, however, as you're going to be sieving or juicing it feels a little pointless.

  2. Wash everything thoroughly.

  3. Core the apples if you like (I do).

  4. Add the ginger, turmeric, apple pieces and apple juice to your blender. If you’re juicing then just juice the ginger, turmeric and apple pieces, add the apple juice to the mixture at the end.
  5. Blend well (or juice). I use a high speed blender, the Nutribullet.
  6. Sieve or squeeze through a cheesecloth or even a nut milk bag should work. Anything with a fine mesh strainer works.
  7. I use a spatula or silicone spoon to push the mixture down for 1-2 minutes, moving it around, to ensure as much liquid as possible is removed. I also use the spoon to run along the underneath of the sieve as there is always quite a bit of the thicker liquid there.
  8. Add the mixture, 50-60ml, to individual bottles.
  9. Crack a little black pepper into each bottle.
Nutrition Facts
Ginger and turmeric shots
Amount Per Serving
Calories 72
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Note: All calorie information is for demonstration purposes only and is based on the specific uncooked ingredients that I used when creating the recipe.

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Three ginger and turmeric shots in individual bottles sitting on a tray filled with peppercorns. In the background is a black stone pestle and mortar and two other wellness shots.
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