Feasting at Home : A New Year - Fresh Turmeric Tonic

January 1, 2014

A New Year - Fresh Turmeric Tonic

Good Morning New Year.
Thank you for 
 you will bring. 
May I open myself 
up to you fully - 
that will come.
Help me recognize the gifts that arrive daily-
the obvious ones
subtler ones 
wrapped up in the ordinary, 
and the most elusive of all,
 gifts buried in suffering...

At the beginning of the new year, many of us take time to pause and reflect. Giving thought to the past year, reviewing our lives, and taking inventory of what we have accomplished or not accomplished. Often, from a place of self-judgement, we create "resolutions", or goals for the year to come, which involve even more accomplishing, doing, and producing.

This year, I decided to try something new. Instead of asking myself, "What do I want to do this year?", I asked myself "How do I want to feel?". As I contemplate this question, a few words bubble to the surface. I want to feel vibrant, energized. I want to feel grounded to the earth and its cycles. I want to feel connected. For me, when I feel these ways, I feel good. We are all different, and we each resonate with feelings so individually. How do you want to feel this year? Remember the times this past year, when you felt the most content. How did you feel? After you come up with a few core feelings, think about ways to cultivate these feelings on a daily basis.


For me, this means cooking and eating foods that are alive and full of nutrients- rather than ones that leave me feeling heavy and tired. Instead of saying, I'm not going to eating dairy or sugar, I gently nudge myself away from the mindset of rules, into the realm of feelings, remembering how wonderful it feels to feel vibrant, alive and energized.

Because cooking is a big part of my work and everyday life, I feel more grounded to the earth and its cycles when I prepare food that actually comes from the ground, when its grown in its true season.

This very seasonal juice recipe, contains winter root vegetables and citrus, and one very special healing ingredient. Fresh Turmeric Root. 

The research out there on the health benefits of turmeric is widespread and plentiful. Its healing properties include the ability to: destroy cancer cells, regulate insulin, relieve arthritis, prevent Alzheimer's by aiding in the removal of plaque build up in the brain, detox the liver, help the body break down fat, reduce cholesterol, and clarify the skin. For more info, read this and this.  Clearly there is something to it. 

But honestly, it wasn't the facts that sold me on fresh turmeric juice, it was how my body felt after I drank this. I felt amazing.  

Turmeric has a strong flavor, that can overwhelm, so make sure to use it in moderation. Start off conservatively, adding more as your palate becomes accustomed to it. It's deliciously addictive. I find myself adding more and more each time I make the juice, but trust me, start off with a tablespoon or less.  You can always add more. The addition of fresh turmeric gives the juice an exotic quality, taking me to faraway places in my imagination.

Happy New Year!

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 Marcus Aurelius

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Fresh Turmeric Juice
Fresh Juice with turmeric root, apple, orange, beet and carrots
Fresh Turmeric Tonic
4 medium organic carrots
1 small golden beet ( 2- 3 inches in diameter) scrubbed and cut in half (optional)
1 apple - cored
1 orange (peeled)
1 Tablespoon sliced fresh turmeric root ( peels are OK) more to taste.

Juice all ingredients in a juicer. Remember start conservatively with the turmeric, taste and add more if you like.
Makes one 10 oz glass of juice
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 12 oz glass


  1. This is perfect to start the year off right! Love!

    1. Thanks Katrina- loving your blog as well. Happy new year!

  2. I love this! I'm amazed by the health benefits of turmeric, and I always feel so refreshed when I get it in my system. Beautiful, tasty beverage! Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks Julia- happy New year to you too!

  3. That's a great attitude to have! I too have promised myself that I will actively do things to make myself feel better. I love this juice! Pinned to make ASAP!

  4. Hi, this looks fantastic! Where did you get the fresh turmeric root? Thanks!

    1. Fresh turmeric is available locally at most Asian markets and at Huckleberries.

  5. Can you puree in the blender if you don't have a juicer?

    1. You could try it but it might be difficult to blend up the carrots and beets unless you have a strong blender like a vita- mix. Let us know if it works…Thanks Terina.

  6. You are AMAZING! I am so incredibly happy to find your blog and looking forward to seeing all of your new upcoming recipes for 2014! You have inspired me to cook more at home this year....

    If so, I was looking to use less dairy in my diet this year, yet I feel dairy (i.e. CHEESE) can be so flavorful and hearty. It also fills me up the way meat does... but lately it hasn’t been agreeing with me when I eat too much. I’ve always had a hard time flavoring food..I can make it look pretty, but it tends to fall bland. What would you say are essential seasonings/oils/whatever that I should have in my pantry to give my food great flavor (so I dont throw cheese on it!)? I live in the middle of the dessert now and your recipes have me missing the fresh ingredients I had access to in the Bay Area. The lack of unique produce left me uninspired to cook in 2013 but I plan to break out of the rut!

    I know that’s a long-winded message there, but you inspire me (did I already say that?!) Haha. Thanks again!

    1. Yay! Im so glad you are finding inspiration here. Thank you. Creating flavor without cheese can be challenging, but totally doable - by using other ingredients that are pungent or full of umami flavors. But truthfully, the simplest place to start is with salt. Often food that lacks salt, tastes bland. Salt makes the over flavors come out more. Then think acid ( citrus, vinegar). Then depth....like Soy, miso, caramelized onion, garlic, smoked salt, pungent flavors like anchovy,capers, fish sauce. And I love using fresh herbs in abundance. It really depends on the recipe. Feel to email me with specifics anytime. Happy New year!!

  7. Can you use a BlendTec to blend this.

  8. Wow, this is the bomb! My husband, daughter and I loved it!!! Thank you for sharing and will for sure be making more recipes from your site. Found you on Pinterest:)

  9. beautiful...can't wait to try this!

  10. If I can't find fresh turmeric, can I stir in some ground turmeric after everything is juiced? If so, how much would you use? Thanks!

  11. yes absolutely! Start with a ½ teaspoon, and taste, add more if you like the flavor.

    1. Thanks! I just made it with 1/2 teaspoon and it was SO GOOD! I think I'll add a little extra next time ;) My 63 year old mom is trying turmeric for the very first time today too thanks to your recipe! Thank you!!

    2. I tried this today with 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric and it was SO GOOD! I think I'll try adding a little more next time ;) My 63 year old mom is trying turmeric for the very first time thanks to your recipe so THANK YOU!! :)

  12. Love oranges and turmeric mix!

  13. so happy I found your blog, thank you for all you do :) !!

  14. how often should a person take this drink? once a week etc.

  15. Could you make this in a whole fruits blender?I have a ninja, which I am in love with. I add ground tumeric to my morning smoothie but have been trying to make some detox mixies a few days a week.
    thanks, and I love theblog����

    1. Thanks Amber! Im not sure...have never tried! If you do try it, please let me know what you think...Im very curious! Start off very sparingly with the fresh turmeric, too much can get bitter. :)

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