In "Healthier Happy Hours" food editor Lauren Durden writes about healthy alternatives to your regular Friday happy hour haunts.
Tonic - a medicinal substance taken to give a feeling of vigor or well-being.
And that's just what this mixture of citrus, vegetables and aromatic roots will do for you. This recipe is packed full of vitamin C, inflammatory-fighting properties and a high amount of tastiness. While it isn't a cure-all, it will give your immune system a kick in the pants with ginger, lemon and turmeric. The optional chia seeds turn it into a pumped up protein breakfast juice to keep you full for the AM hours.
Honeybell Tangelo & Turmeric Tonic
Makes 2 Large Glasses
1 Tangelo, Peeled and Quarted, Honeybell if you can still find them
Tangelos are a delicious hybrid of a tangerine and a pamelo or grapefruit. They are juicy, bright and the season is just coming to a close. Get them while you still can. An orange can be substituted if you can't find any tangelos.
1 Large Carrot, Chopped
1/2 Cup of Diced Pineapple
1 Lemon, Peeled and Quartered
1 Inch of Ginger, Peeled and Diced
1 Inch of Turmeric, Peeled and Diced
Handful of Mint, Destemmed
Optional 1 Tbsp of Honey for Sweetness and 2 Tbsp of Chia Seeds to be mixed in at the end
The recipe is pretty easy. Just throw the ingredients into a blender, blend on high and add your chia seeds if you'd like a little more protein. If you'd like a true juice, you can strain the mixture through a sieve or a cheese cloth, but it's nice to keep the pulp in the mixture to fill you up a little, and have the added bonus of dietary fiber.
Simple, plant based recipes are most often the cheapest things I cook. This recipe is the same! For two large juices the cost for me was about $4.00, since I already had chia seeds on hand. That's $2.00 per tonic juice! Which makes me so happy that I didn't buy a $15.00 juice from Whole Foods, but is also the reason I cry a little every time I buy a juice from Whole Foods...