Tropical Turmeric Carrot Juice & Smoothie

Tropical Turmeric Carrot Juice & Smoothie

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 see how 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.

Tropical Turmeric Carrot Juice & Smoothie

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! Its presence is a small enough portion that you don’t even taste it–I promise it won’t throw off the smoothie or juice.

Tropical Turmeric Carrot Juice & Smoothie

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

Tropical Turmeric Carrot Juice & Smoothie

Tropical Turmeric Carrot Juice

Tropical Turmeric Carrot Juice

Ingredients

Instructions

  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!
http://pumpsandiron.com/2016/06/01/tropical-turmeric-carrot-juice-smoothie/

Tropical Carrot Turmeric Smoothie

Tropical Turmeric Carrot Juice & Smoothie

Ingredients

  • ⅓ c orange juice
  • 2 carrots
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • ½” ginger root
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 heaping cup pineapple chunks
  • ¼ – ½ 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!

Tropical Turmeric Carrot Juice & Smoothie

Are you Team Juice or Team Smoothie? (I’m both–depends on the ingredients!)

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Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with MegaFood. All opinions–as always!–are my own. I appreciate your support of the brands that make this blog possible! 🙂

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats

Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats topped with Strawberries

Woof. Talk about a slow start to the week. As our flight home from Scottsdale was about to take off Sunday evening, I began to feel nauseous. Brushing it off as motion sickness, I didn’t think much of it … I threw up at least twelve times. Basically a living nightmare when you’re on a redeye sitting middle seat between two sleeping people. I couldn’t eat, drink or move from my bed all day yesterday. Another girl on our flight was ill and actually passed out in the aisle (this plane was a full-blown disaster), so I’m assuming I got some nasty bug that was going around. I’m exhausted this morning but able to keep down food so things are looking up!

Probably not the best choice to start a recipe post with a story about barfing but errr here we are …

Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats topped with Strawberries Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats topped with Strawberries

I’ve been queen of the mason jar breakfasts lately between overnight oats and chia seed puddings. I wake up at 5AM most mornings and book it out of the apartment to teach so I’m LOVING breakfasts I can prepare the night before and grab the next day.

Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats topped with Strawberries Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats topped with Strawberries

You can top this cinnamon raisin overnight oats recipe with whatever fresh fruit you want (or none at all). If I don’t do strawberries, I’ll typically go for blueberries. But get creative!

Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats topped with Strawberries

Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats

Yield: 2 servings

Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 med banana, mashed
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp raisins
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Fresh fruit for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix the dry ingredients together and then add in the wet. Refrigerate at least a couple hours or overnight. Enjoy cold.
http://pumpsandiron.com/2016/05/24/cinnamon-raisin-overnight-oats/

Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats topped with Strawberries

Got any favorite overnight oats recipes? Share them in the comments!

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Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed PuddingThis might sound weird, but I go through phases where I’m completely disgusted by eggs–can’t even smell them cooking without gagging–and I’m in one now. My mom says it’s because of a heightening consciousness (veganism is part of her faith), and that makes me sound super cool so let’s go with that. 😉

Regardless of reasoning, I’ve been in need of easy eggless breakfast options lately. Chia seed pudding is awesome because you prepare it the night before and then in the morning have it ready to go. This almond butter banana chia seed pudding recipe is SO GOOD. It makes for a great breakfast but could also satisfy a sweet tooth craving at night if you’re looking for healthy dessert options.  Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Yield: 2 small servings or 1 large

Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients

  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1 c almond milk
  • 1/4 c almond butter
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Optional: extra banana for slicing and topping (recommended)

Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients except the chia seeds into a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a mason jar or other sealable container and stir in the chia seeds.
  3. Let sit in the refrigerator over night (or at least 8 hours).
  4. Slice up some banana for a topping and enjoy as a breakfast or healthy dessert!
http://pumpsandiron.com/2016/04/03/almond-butter-banana-chia-seed-pudding/

Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding Almond Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding

Prep this tonight and kick your week off right by enjoying it for breakfast tomorrow morning!

Are you a chia seed pudding fan? What are some of your favorite flavor combos? And anyone else get weird temporary food revulsions? Happens to me with eggs, melted cheese and fish. Maybe my body is telling me to be a vegan …

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