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Ginger, Turmeric, and Grapefruit - a Shot of Health!


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.


Saturday we went to The Grand Rapids Market for some awesome Pad Thai at Rak, and some gluten-free and vegan Cherry Amaretto gelato at Love’s Ice Cream.

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

1/3 grapefruit

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!