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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Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette

Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette - a perfect summer salad recipe!

I eat lunch at bgood at least once a week, and their Citrus & Avocado Salad is one of my favorites. Realizing I had all the ingredients to make my own, I put together this at-home version for dinner the other night and loved how it turned out! It’s not an exact replica (I have no clue how bgood makes their dressing) and I made a few ingredient swaps (add spinach & quinoa!), but other than that it’s pretty spot-on.

Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette - a perfect summer salad recipe!Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette - a perfect summer salad recipe!

Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette

Yield: 1 salad

Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 2 big handfuls of baby spinach (or green of your choice)
  • 1/2 grapefruit, peeled and split into pieces
  • 1/2 orange, peeled and split into pieces
  • 1/2 avocado
  • Small handful of pistachios
  • Goat cheese for topping
  • Optional: Heap of cooked quinoa (1/4 c uncooked is all you'll need for one salad)
  • For the dressing:
  • 1/3 c extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 c lemon juice
  • 1/4 c fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1/4 tsp lemon zest

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the dressing ingredients and set aside. If possible, prepare the dressing ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. The flavors are so much more pronounced if the ingredients soak together for a few hours/overnight.
  2. If you're going to add quinoa for a more filling salad, cook following package directions. In general though, you use a 3:2 water-to-uncooked quinoa ratio on the stove. Bring water to a boil, add quinoa, lower to a simmer until cooked and fluffy (12-15 mins).
  3. For the grapefruit and orange, peel, separate the pieces and then remove as much of the white pith and clear casing as possible. Don't lose sleep over getting it all off--sometimes it's a total pain.
  4. Assemble your salad ingredients, top with desired amount of dressing and enjoy!
http://pumpsandiron.com/2016/05/09/citrus-avocado-salad-with-a-lemon-mint-vinaigrette/

Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette - a perfect summer salad recipe! Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette - a perfect summer salad recipe!

The flavor combos in this salad just scream “summer!” If you want a light lunch or to eat this as a side dish, the quinoa isn’t necessary. If you’re eating this for dinner, I recommend adding it (or brown rice would be good, too).

Any other bgood fans out there? What’s your favorite menu item?

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