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Maple Turmeric Tonic

Serves 2.


    Maple Turmeric Tonic

    This sunny tonic is sure to brighten your day. One of the elements that gives this drink its sunny hue is turmeric. While it is well understood that curcumin, a compound in turmeric, has significant anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, unfortunately, it is poorly absorbed into our bloodstreams. To increase absorption, it is recommended to consume piperine, a substance commonly found in black pepper.



    Instead of carrot, grate a small red beet into your tonic for a pretty-in-pink sipping experience.


    Maple Turmeric Tonic


    • 1 1/2 cups (350 mL) maple water, coconut water, or water
    • 2 in (5 cm) piece fresh turmeric, peeled
    • 1 tsp (5 mL) freshly grated ginger
    • 1 orange, peeled and chopped
    • 1 medium carrot, peeled and grated
    • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) maple syrup
    • Pinch of black pepper
    • 1/2 cup (125 mL) ice


    Per serving:

    • calories97
    • protein2g
    • fat1g
      • saturated fat0g
      • trans fat0g
    • carbohydrates23g
      • sugars16g
      • fibre3g
    • sodium27mg



    Place all ingredients in a blender and combine until smooth. Serve cold.


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