Immune boosting juice shots with fruit and vegetables that can all be made quickly without a juicer. They are perfect for when you need a bit of a boost. Includes recipes for a ginger shot, beet shot, carrot turmeric and green juice shot.
As we are supposed to eat a rainbow of foods a different coloured juice each day will help to drink the rainbow. They are all much lower in sugar than usual juices due to the high veggie content and have a high concentration of vitamins and minerals.
The ingredients are just a guideline and it’s best to use produce that is local and in season. For the leafy green shot I tend to use greens I have growing in my garden – either weeds or herbs that I have growing out of control.
Some people call this a flu shot juice recipe as vitamins and minerals will help your natural defences, but it’s not intended as a replacement for any shots.
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Using a blender to juice means there is only a small amount of clean up so it’s my preferred way to juice.
I don’t peel my ginger as lots of the nutrients are in and near the skin and you will be removing the fibre. The pith of lemons and limes contains lots of good stuff so I peel but leave lots of the white pith on.
The yellow lemon skin is edible but will make your juice bitter. However it does contain a lot of nutrition so I tend to peel citrus roughly and include just a small amount of skin.
It’s fine to keep the skin on your kiwifruit and is recommended to get the most vitamins. Juice the whole apple apart from the stem as it can make the juice bitter.
You can use a juicer to make these but as they are just small shots it can be annoying to clean up afterwards. The blender and bag method is quick and easy – takes seconds to rinse the bag and blender so it’s great for busy days.
The ginger lemon with cayenne pepper is the strongest – but a shot of this feels like it is doing you the world of good.
Although these are shots and are perfect to get reluctant children and adults to get a boost of nutrients you can chew them if you want to maximise the vitamin absorption. Chew 8-10 times until the juice gets warm.
If you are building up to having fresh strong fruit vegetable juice (most juices are mainly fruit and very sweet unlike these) then these shots are an ideal way to build up to it. In my house, fresh juice nutrient dense is often forced upon guests and downing a shot is a good middle ground as not everyone can have a litre of fresh strong green juice.
Carrot Turmeric Shot
- 3 Carrots
- 1 Lemon, peeled
- 1″ Ginger
- ½ tsp Turmeric
Beetroot Lemon Shot
- 1 Beetroot, including tops if possible
- 1 Apple
- 1 Lemon, peeled
Leafy Greens Shot
- 1 Lime
- 1 handful Leafy Greens like Kale or Spinach
- 1 handful Herbs like Mint or Parsley
- 2 sticks Celery
- 1 Kiwifruit
Cayenne Ginger Shot
- 1 Lemon, peeled
- 4″ Ginger
- a pinch Cayenne pepper
- a few tbsp Water
- Peel the citrus fruit and remove apple stem. Leave all other skin on for maximum nutrition.
- Place in a small jug blender and pulse until blended.
- You may need to add some water to help blend.
- Pour into a nut bag or cheesecloth and squeeze all the moisture out.
- Enjoy the juice shot as soon as it’s made as it will begin to degrade once juiced.
- The pulp left over can be added into baked goodies such as cookies and pie crusts to partly substitute the oats or coconut flour.
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Serving Size1 shot
Amount Per ServingCalories 113Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 107mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 8gSugar 11gProtein 1g
These are called shots as they are designed for people to have a small amount of and are not padded out with high sugar fruits.
A diet that’s high in vegetables and fruit is proven to boost your immune system as recommended by Harvard University.
The moral of this immunity juice recipe is to eat the rainbow to make sure you get a balance of vitamins and minerals.