Jen’s Feel oh-so-good Juice with Fresh Turmeric

My husband and I run jog 5 miles 3 times a week and do kettlebells, bike, or yoga another 3. I remember reading years ago (probably Dr. Weil) that pineapple, garlic, and ginger were great for inflammation and joint health. Okay! Those are easy ingredients to keep in the rotation. Do they work? Well, in regular everyday life, are you really going to scientifically test things in isolation to know? No, of course not. They’re all tasty, and I’ve felt fine up til now, so I’m keeping them in. 😉 About a year ago my elbow started hurting. I tried to ignore it. But it continued hurting. Badly. Was it the kettlebells? Was it that I held my water bottle in the same hand every time I run? Was it because I’m forty-something and time is really unkind? Who knows?!

I’d read about the potential benefits of fresh turmeric, and decided to try adding some to the juices I make. My elbow started to feel better after just a few days. About a week later, it felt absolutely fine. I’m sure your mileage may vary, but thought I’d share in case someone else needs to try something to turn that darn elbow or knee back a decade. It’s total feel-good juice, keeps me filled-up, and gives me better energy than coffee, although I’m not stepping away from my coffee mug anytime soon. And we’re right around the corner from New Year’s resolutions, and increasing produce intake is an easy one! ~I don’t drink it every day anymore. I make it here and there, whenever I’ve got time.

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1 pineapple, trimmed and cored
4 beets (I have one huge two pound beet here!)
3 pounds carrots
2 cucumbers, peeled if regular cukes
4 red bell peppers
1 bunch kale
4 apples, cored
1 lemon (I leave the peel on)
1 container (8 ounces) fresh turmeric
1 hunk ginger (I used half of what you see here. It’s a good opportunity to cut off all the hard to use shapes on it and leave an easy-to-grate chunk for another time)
1 jalapeno

Juice everything. This makes 6 18-ounce bottles and an extra glass for lunch as soon as you’re done making it.

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Need a juicer? I’d strongly suggest keeping the width of the feed tube in mind. I used to have one with a really narrow feed tube, and I had to cut everything up a lot more just to fit it in. I gave it away. The one I have now a total value play, an 800-watt Hamilton Beach, for around $55. If you only make juice occasionally, it’s a great little machine. I make it frequently enough that mine’s starting to make noises, threatening its end. I’ve got my eye on the big 1000-watt Breville. It’s price fluctuates between $230-$300 on Amazon.

That knife? I’ve got quite the knife collection and that one’s my absolute favorite, a full-tang Wusthof IKON santoku with a perfectly ergonomic handle for my little hand.

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I used to make my juice in mason jars. My husband would never grab a bottle because they weren’t pourable. <judgy eyebrow at that guy!> I grabbed this set of glass bottles and they seal and work perfectly. If the kids were taking the bottles with, I’d probably go for something that’s got a rubbery wrap over the bottle for safety. But mine pour glasses of it in the kitchen, so…

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