Recipes: Wellness Shots

Like fancy juices or supplements, health-boosting “power shots” deliver a quick dose of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals — but in a more concentrated dose.

Best taken within ½ hour of making, you can prepare these wellness shots in a juicer ahead of time, and store them in a pitcher in the fridge. So all you need to do for a quick boost is take a quick shot. Think of these mini elixirs as a multivitamin of sorts (just remember, they’re not meant to be a meal replacement).

Wellness shots complement a well-rounded and balanced diet, rather than make up for a severely skewed diet. Mix up a batch for gut health, an energy boost or a hit of immunity. Who knew that shooting one back would be so good for you?

Pineapple Turmeric – Gut Shot

Sweet, spicy, and everything anti-inflammatory.. Blending together bromelain-rich pineapple, lemon, ginger, turmeric, and a kick of cayenne, this wellness shot works to reduce inflammation and bloating, support digestion and detoxification, and strengthen your immune system. It’s the perfect post-workout remedy, and the detox solution for your cold, flu, and hangover woes.

Apple Cider Vinegar – A 2007 study found that a daily dose of at least 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar could lower the blood sugar of people with diabetes. And according to a 2009 study, downing a little vinegar each day may help with weight loss and lower triglyceride levels.

Ginger – Good for pain, anti-nausea and warming effects. The component Zingerone in Ginger is good for cold or flu. Also shown that phytochemical in ginger kills cancer cells.

Pineapple – Pineapples contain a group of digestive enzymes called bromelain; these enzymes are proteases, which break down protein into its building blocks, including amino acids. This aids the digestion and absorption of proteins.

Turmeric – Contains compounds are called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. It can be difficult for your body to absorb on its own; mixing turmeric with black pepper (which contains piperine) enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2,000%. Curcumin is also fat soluble, and an oil, such as olive oil, can also aid in absorption.


  • 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
  • Ginger Root, 2-inches – grated
  • ½ cup Pineapple, juice – or fresh/frozen, chopped
  • ½ cup Water
  • Turmeric Root, ½ inch – grated
  • Black Pepper
  • Optional: dash of Olive Oil

BLENDER/BULLET/FOOD PROCESSOR: Add turmeric and ginger to a high-speed blender or small blender. Then add the pineapple, ACV, water, black pepper, and (optional) olive oil. Blend on high for 30 seconds. You can drink as is, or strain.

The Flu ‘Shot’

Ingredients to strengthen your immune system and keep the flu away…

Garlic – Great for H-Pylori and MRSA bacteria. High in sulfur and when cut releases its’ phytochemicals. Those Polysulfides evaporate within hours of cutting it. Helps improve blood flow and lowers blood pressure.

Ginger – Good for pain, anti-nausea and warming effects. The component Zingerone in Ginger is good for cold or flu. Also shown that phytochemical in ginger kill cancer cells.

Lemon – For immunity, killing microbes and kidney stones. Helps prevent uric acid build up causing gout and kidney stones.

Honey – Especially Manuka honey has a high concentration of Methylglyoxal which the super bugs have no resistance to. This is the medicine of the future according to Jeff Primack. It is a great preventative care if you are surrounded by a lot of germs. It removes sore throats in record time.

Cayenne Pepper – Has a variety of antioxidants, is warming and helps reduce mucus & inflammation in your body. The warming action helps the body’s immune system.

Recipe (for about 1-2 ounce shot) – You can either use the Bullet or a 3 horse-power blender:


  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • ½ inch slice of ginger
  • ½ lemon with the white part (when you peel it leave the white part)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper

Blend to a pulp and drink it all down. (don’t sip it. You’ll have a hard time drinking it that way)

‘The Cleanse’ Shots

Whatever you need a jump start from, this cleansing juice will help begin the cleansing process. Packed with good things and flavorful too, drinking one of these shots with a lot of water should start cleansing your body of toxins.

Carrots – anti inflammatory, reduces congestion

Beets – helps cleanse the liver

Cucumbers – high in electrolytes, vitamin B, and potassium – all great things to lessen your hangover symptoms

Apples – immune boosting … and they bring sweetness

Ginger – detoxifying, anti inflammatory, and antioxidant rich

Lemons – high in vitamin C, liver cleansers


  • Beet juice
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Apple,cored
  • 1/2 to 1 inch Fresh Ginger
  • 1 Lemon, peeled

Blend to a pulp and drink it all down.

Other Notes

  • Add a little water if shots have trouble blending, but you shouldn’t need any.
  • You can drink the shot as is, or strain through a clean thin dish towel, small fine mesh strainer, or nut milk bag.
  • Be aware that turmeric can stain.
  • Storing the Shot Mixture: Store any leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 24 hours (though best when fresh).
  • Leftover Pulp: You can compost any leftover pulp or freeze into an ice cube tray and add to future smoothies.

All of these ingredients can be found at our local Mancos stores: Zuma Natural Foods or P & D Grocery (or your local grocery if you’re not from Mancos!), so next time you head out, add these ingredients to your shopping list for a Wellness Boost!

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