By Nancy Smorch
Last week I was in Grand Rapids at least 5 times. Whew!
Tuesday, I went for my follow-up appointment at the Functional Medicine practitioner (as mentioned Friday), and I stopped by Sip Organic Juice Bar afterwards.
Lindsey, my sister, and I went to The Grove Restaurant for dinner on Wednesday for Restaurant Week.
The girls and I went to the amazingly gorgeous Meijer Gardens on Friday, with Frankie’s friend from Florida.
And then on our way back from visiting family in Flint, Mike and I stopped to have dinner at the Grand Rapids Market again (and brought home some more gluten-free vegan gelato).
Holy Moly! That’s a lot of driving! Fortunately Grand Rapids is only about 35 minutes away, so it’s not tooooo bad. We’re lucky to live so close to such a great city that hosts many great food options, art, nature, and creative stimulation.
I wanted to share some of my Grand Rapids inspiration with you today for the recipe of the week.
My inspiration came from Sip Organic Juice Bar, a relatively new (2012) organic juice bar in Eastown Grand Rapids (originally located in Cascade). While passing through Grand Rapids, I’ll often stop at Sip for a quick, healthy snack because I know I can get a nutrient-dense smoothie that serves as a meal. I love their smoothies because they don’t put a lot of fillers - just pure nutrition with lots of superfood add-on options like Maca, hemp seeds, bee pollen, wheat grass shots, spirulina, and turmeric, to name a few.
My favorite thing to get there is the Strawberry Fields Forever (technically it’s a “Substantial Meal Replacement”). It has coconut water, strawberry, fig, banana, hemp protein, and agave. I usually substitute honey for agave and sometimes will add Maca and cacao.
So on Tuesday, when I stopped by Sip, I got a Strawberry Fields “smoothie," but was feeling like I wanted a little more punch that particular day. And, since I was just coming from the Functional Medicine doctor, and learned, that although I am moving in the right direction in terms of intestinal inflammation, I still had a ways to go. I decided to take advantage of Sip’s “Elixers." Their Elixers are really potent immune-enhancing and inflammation reducing shots along with the drink.
I opted for the “Help!” which is a shot of turmeric, ginger, grapefruit, and honey. Oh my gosh! Did that ever wake me up!!! It was pretty potent, and I had to use my smoothie as a chaser! But I felt energized and more focused for quite some time afterwards.
So, I thought I would try to make it at home, since it’s not every day that I drive into Grand Rapids (well, it’s USUALLY not every day). I tried it this morning and made an extra one for Mike to get his day off to a great start. I had to slowly sip mine, but Mike just drank it much like he would a shot of alcohol and was perfectly fine - or so he said.
I love the combination of grapefruit, ginger, and turmeric, because you get anti-inflammatory, immune-enhancing, and digestive benefits - perfect for me. I went out that next day and bought all of the ingredients necessary to make it at home (I love my juicer!). It was delicious! Here’s what I did:
1 inch piece of turmeric
1 1/2 inch piece of ginger
1/2 tsp. honey
Peel the ginger, and grapefruit, and put them in a juicer. Add the honey and stir to combine. Sip. Or gulp. Or shoot.
Be prepared, though, you may need a chaser to cool you off :)
To your health!