I love visiting my favourite juice bar and getting a warm elixir. In the middle of winter I tend to gravitate to more spicy concoctions and am less likely to get a green juice or wheatgrass shot. I prefer something that warms me from the inside out, like this super tasty Golden Elixir! I love it so much because not only is it delicious and warming, but it's also Skin Brightening & Gut Loving!
This elixir is packed with vitamin C, enzymes, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich plant compounds. Plus it is super tasty!
What exactly is an elixir you might be wondering? The exact definition is pretty simple: A magical or medicinal potion. I love that description. This elixir is definitely magical in that it makes you feel really good and it's medicinal because it contains hundreds of beneficial plant compounds for your skin and gut health.
Let's take a quick look at some of the health benefits of each ingredient!
Turmeric & Ginger
Because these two powerful spices have many similar benefits and are cousins (from the same plant family called rhizomes), I have grouped them together. I've talked about both these incredible superfoods on the blog many times before so I will keep it brief. Turmeric and ginger are anti-inflammatory superstars and can help to lower inflammation in the gut as well as reduce redness in the skin. You'll find turmeric in this most-loved soup recipe. Turmeric has been revered in Indian culture and Ayurvedic medicine for literally thousands of years!
This wonderfully sweet fruit is a great source of fibre and it is extremely hydrating which is great for both skin and gut health. Eating more fibre and hydrating foods eases the burden of digestion, support the microbiome and prevents constipation. Pineapple is a great source of an enzyme called bromelain, which helps aids in protein digestion and is anti-inflammatory. You'll find pineapple in this Keto Green Smoothie.
For this recipe, I used Cara Cara oranges but you can use any kind of orange. They have a beautiful colour that is a cross between a grapefruit and a blood orange. They are rich in vitamins A and C, both of which help maintain healthy skin, including the epithelial tissue of the gut lining. The anthocyanins in these oranges fight off free radicals and reduce inflammation. And finally, they are rich in folate, a nutrient that is great for mood and mental health. You'll find oranges in this Orange Mint Baked Salmon recipe or this Orange Chicken with Black Rice.
Limes are an excellent source of vitamin C, which is a skin-beautifying and protective ingredient. Vitamin C is the most abundantly used antioxidant in the body. Lime is a very hydrating fruit that provides much-needed hydration, especially during the winter months. You'll find limes in this Creamy Avocado Pasta Salad.
This recipe is...
*If you can't get fresh turmeric sub in 1 tsp ground turmeric powder.
**If you boiled the water in a kettle, let it the water cool slightly before adding to the blender to prevent too much steam from blowing the top off your blender when it's blending.
How to drink this elixir
I don't recommend keeping in the fridge longer than a day as I mentioned in my video because it won't remain fresh that long.