Five powerful wellness shots you can make in your blender that energize, cleanse, and boost immunity with simple ingredients such as ginger, turmeric, beets and spices. An easy inexpensive way to boost your health.
Five easy wellness shots are made in minutes and the body absorbs them quickly so you get a quick positive impact. Those positives include immune boosting, energy, detoxing, metabolism boosts, even weight loss. These are powered by ingredients such as apple cider vinegar, black pepper, ginger, beets, goji berries, coconut water, and even herbs such as tarragon.
Wellness shots are all the rage and have been for a while. Understandable since throwing back a few ounces of a particular juice each day might improve one's health. In fact, one of my more popular recipes on this blog are my turmeric shots, and my ginger shots recipe, both known especially to boost the immune system.
What Do Wellness Shots Do?
Wellness shots are a small amount of liquid - 2-3 ounces typically - that contain various blends of fruits, vegetables and herbs that when taken daily can help with weight control, boost immunity, fight inflammation, and generally improve your health.
For instance, while you sleep, your body is busy collecting toxins, making your body more acidic first thing. So, depending on how many toxins your body cleaned up, you might feel anywhere from a bit off to inexplicably terrible first thing in the morning.
A wellness shot that balances off that acidity can help you feel better. And coincidentally, I have just the recipes below.
The ingredients that power my 5 wellness shots are, in order of importance:
apple cider vinegar
Feel free to mix and match with what you have on hand. For instance, swap the beets for carrots which can be added for antiseptic abilities. And replace the pineapple with oranges for vitamin C. And use coconut water and water as you wish.
Steps to Make
Find the detailed recipes and measurements at the bottom of this post. Here are some general steps I take to make them each:
step 1: Scrub down the ginger root and beets. Chop them into little pieces. Regarding ginger, use a garlic press to get the pulp and juice. Regarding beets, I use pre-cooked beets (LoveBeets, plain flavor), or you can steam. If your shot is pulpy, you can use a fine mesh strainer.
step 2: Boil the tarragon and goji berries to make a tea, and then use the liquid from each to add to those respective shots.
step 3: Add ingredients to a juicer or blender. Process. If using a blender, strain the mixture thorough a strainer and capture the liquid as your shot.
5 Shots Explained
1. Lemon + Turmeric + Cayenne Pepper + Apple Cider Vinegar Wellness Shot
Benefits: Not only does it alkalize, but the ACV is an appetite suppressant, soothes aches and pains, helps with headaches, and actually will boost your mood within seconds after you drink it. That's what I call beneficial! The Lemon is a digestive booster, and the Turmeric + Pepper eases inflammation, boosts metabolism and a 1-ounce shot is actually said to have the same positive impact as a ½ hour of exercise. Take this shot each morning for a fantastic daily boost!
Steps to Make: Stir or blend all ingredients and drink 2 ounces on an empty stomach in the morning.
2. ACV + Pineapple + Ginger Wellness Shot
Benefits: Not only does it alkalize, but ACV (apple cider vinegar) is also an appetite suppressant, soothes aches and pains, helps with headaches, and actually will boost your mood within seconds after you drink it. Ginger aids digestion and detoxes, while the fresh Pineapple also decreases inflammation and flushes toxins out of body with a substance called bromelain. Take this shot to replenish missing nutrients after a hard exercise routine, a stressful day, or a hard night partying.
Steps to Make: Use a garlic press to press the ginger juice and pulp. Blend all ingredients and drink 2 ounces on an empty stomach in the morning.
3. Tarragon Wellness Shot
Benefits: Not only does it alkalize, but Tarragon is an excellent source of magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium, as well as vitamins A,C and B-6, and a potent source of antioxidants that help to neutralize disease-causing free radicals. Take this shot to replenish missing nutrients after a hard exercise routine, a stressful day or a hard night partying.
Steps to Make: Make a tarragon tea, then blend it and all the other ingredients and drink 2 ounces on an empty stomach in the morning.
4. Beetroot Wellness Shot
Benefits: Not only do they alkalize, but Beets are known to boost stamina, lower blood pressure, fight inflammation, and detox. Take this shot before your workout, before working hard with family, job or both, or anytime of day!
Steps to Make: Use pre-cooked beets (LoveBeets, plain) or steam them and peel and chop. Blend all ingredients, strain if needed, and drink 2 ounces on an empty stomach in the morning.
5. Goji Berry + Lemon Wellness Shot
Benefits: Not only do they alkalize, but Goji berries provide antioxidants, immunity boost, disease protection, health skin, boosts eye health, stabilizes blood sugar, cleans liver, boosts mood, energy and fertility. Lemon, of course, cleanses and boosts immunity, as well as wakes you up! Wow, do you agree this shot is not an option? Or if you can't make the shot, at least eat the berries - ¼ cup a day to receive all the benefits above ! (I use these Goji berries)
Steps to Make: Make a goji berry tea, then blend it and all ingredients and drink 2 ounces on an empty stomach in the morning.
Wellness shots should be consumed within 24 hours for maximum nutritional potency. However it is possible to make a batch and freeze them away in ice cube trays. Then thaw two or so cubes in a refrigerated glass overnight so they are ready for the morning.
How to Use
1. Drink one each morning on an empty stomach.
2. Add to a smoothie
3. Add to sparkling water for a homemade ginger ale.
When to Take Wellness Shots
Take one on an empty stomach first thing in the morning for fastest absorbancy.
How Often Should you Drink a Wellness Shot?
You can drink up to four shots two-ounce shots a day since that is tantamount to a single glass of juice. Just be sure if the shots are highly acidic to drink them with a straw, and chase with water to protect your esophagus.
How Many Shots to Take
Take one shot a day. Anymore might irritate your stomach lining especially if ginger or ACV is involved.
Do Wellness shots Trigger Side Effects?
The negatives of wellness shots include a possible reaction to a certain ingredient, an upset or acidic stomach or esophagus, and even wearing down of tooth enamel is lemon juice is involved. The remedy is to try one shot and consider the impact it has one you, and in general keep to one small shot a day.
What is the size of an average shot?
The average daily size is 2-3 ounces.
What equipment is needed?
A juicer, a blender, or some of the recipes can just be stirred.
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5 Easy Wellness Shots
Lemon + Cayenne Pepper + Turmeric + ACV Shot
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (Also called ACV)
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- pinch of cayenne or black pepper (necessary to allow the beneficial curcumin in turmeric to be absorbed fully)
- 2 ounces water
ACV + Pineapple + Ginger Shot
- 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- fresh ginger, 2-inches (peeled, chopped, pressed for juice using a garlic press)
- ½ cup pineapple, fresh or frozen, chopped
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup fresh tarragon leaves (See how to make tea below)
- 1 cup hot water
- ¼ cup raw beet, finely chopped or 1 teaspoon beet powder
- 1 cup water
Goji Berry + Lemon Shot
- 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- ½ cup Goji berries (See how to make tea below)
- 1 cup hot water
Lemon + Turmeric + Cayenne Pepper + ACV Wellness Shot
- Stir or blend all ingredients and drink 2 ounces on an empty stomach in the morning.
ACV + Pineapple + Ginger Wellness Shot
- Use a garlic press to press the ginger juice and pulp. Blend all ingredients and drink 2 ounces on an empty stomach in the morning.
How to make the concentrated Tarragon shot
- Pour 1 cup of hot water over 1 cup chopped fresh Tarragon leaves, let sit covered 20 minutes, strain off leaves and keep the liquid - that is your shot. Refrigerate.
Goji Berry + Lemon Wellness Shot
- Pour 1 cup of hot water over ½ cup Goji berries, let sit covered 20 minutes, strain off berries (but keep them, air dry in a bowl, and eat them like raisins!), keep liquid, and add in the lemon juice. This is your shot. Refrigerate.
How to Drink Shots
- Conventional wisdom recommends drinking at least 2 ounces of one shot a day, or more if you'd like. Some recipes make more than a daily 2-ounces so the blender has enough substance to blend - if so, just store in the frig a few days out. Feel free to double the blender recipes if your blender needs more substance to blend.
- Drink the shots with a straw to protect teeth from enamel damage by ACV or lemon, and staining by turmeric and beetroot. One last tip, follow any shot with an orange or lime slice as a palate cleanser..
Storage instructions Wellness shots should be consumed within 24 hours for maximum nutritional potency. However it is possible to make a batch and freeze them away in ice cube trays. Then thaw two or so cubes in a refrigerated glass overnight so they are ready for the morning. How to Use 1. Drink one each morning on an empty stomach.
2. Add to a smoothie
3. Add to sparkling water for a homemade ginger ale.
Hello, great recipes and will be using them to make a bunch of shots, but can you let me know how most of these recipes alkalize since many of the ingredients are quite acidic such as the lemon juice and apple vinegar, pineapple etc. I have read that ginger is alkaline but I am wondering if that is really the case, as ginger ale in acidic (I can measure ginger juice at work since we have a pH meter) Thanks for the great recipes.
Good question! Lemon juice and those other juices you reference have an acidic pH before digested, but once metabolized by the body, produce alkaline byproducts which create an alkaline environment in the body, an environment which promotes health and prevents disease.[source]
can these be made in a big batch and portioned out for the week?
Yes, but I've read that technically nutrition drops slightly each passing day. Although I personally big batch every Sunday and my immunity boosters feel like they help me fight symptoms even on the following Saturday so I don't see a huge drop in nutritional power over 7 days.
I want to do this as well, I was hoping someone had calculated the recipe to fill a nutribullet to make a batch.
the ACV + Lemon + Turmeric + Cayenne Shot was so bad to take down, but I think it's making me feel better, I'm a little sick. Thanks!
You can add a bit of orange juice to make it taste better in future. And hope you feel better soon! Dee
These all look so good - especially the pineapple shot!
Izzy | Pinch of delight
Thank you Izzy! Take care, Dee xx
They all look so good!! I'm trying this really soon!! I've been looking for something like this! Thank you so much for sharing the recipes 😘
That so fun Mariela! That's what happened to me, I was so confused with so many different recipes conflicting so I thought I need to create a few with important benefits and was so happy to learn about tarragon and goji berries. I hope you have a lovely week cutie! It was so lovely that you commented here, thank you so much! See you on IG! Take care, Dee xx.