What could be healthier than a fruit-and-veggie-filled, antioxidant-rich juice-bar drink? Squeezing all those superfoods into two ounces—with way less sugar and calories. Yep, we’re talking about juice shots.
To save time, make a whole pitcher of shots at once. Just multiply the amounts below by seven, mix it all together, refrigerate, and dispense daily. They’ll keep in the fridge for up to one week—or freeze them in large ice cube trays and thaw as needed.
LOWER DISEASE RISK
1 tsp ground turmeric + 1/4 cup coconut milk + a pinch of black pepper
Toss one back: Once a day at any time
Taste: Rich and creamy with a hint of heat
Turmeric’s powerful active compound, curcumin, reduces inflammation, which can cause asthma, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and other chronic conditions.
Black pepper enables your body to absorb as much as 2,000 percent more curcumin—and coconut milk helps too.
SPEED MUSCLE RECOVERY
1/4 cup tart cherry juice + 2 tsp chia seeds + a pinch of sea salt
Toss one back: Up to an hour before your workout
Taste: Sweet, sour, and salty all at once
Runners who drank tart cherry juice bounced back more quickly post-marathon and had less muscle soreness than those who drank a placebo.
Famously water-absorbing chia seeds help replenish the fluids you lose during a sweat sesh.
Electrolytes in sea salt fend off muscle cramps and help you maintain water balance.
You’ll need this muscle recovery drink after doing these weight plate exercises that tone every muscle:
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar + 2 Tbsp water + 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Toss one back: Right before each meal
Taste: Pretty sour—expect to squint while downing it
Research proves ACV’s ability to stoke your metabolism before a meal and blunt post-nosh blood sugar spikes by as much as 20 percent.
Water mellows this shot’s sharp taste and the effects of the acid on your tooth enamel.
Rich in chromium, cinnamon helps prevent insulin resistance by encouraging your body to burn sugar for energy rather than storing excess as body fat.
COUNTERACT A JUNK-FOOD DAY
1 Tbsp liquid chlorophyll + 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice + 2 Tbsp cranberry juice
Toss one back: One morning a week, or after overindulging
Taste: Earthy meets fruity
Chlorophyll, the nutrient that gives leafy greens their color, contains antioxidants that help protect healthy cells from free radicals and aid your liver in detoxifying your body.
Your liver uses the vitamin C in lemon juice to produce bile, which is needed to break down fat.
Cranberries support the function of the kidneys, the organs that promote whole-body detoxification and acid-alkaline balance.
1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger (or 1 tsp powdered ginger) + 1/4 cup pomegranate juice + 1/4 tsp cayenne powder
Toss one back: Once a day—or twice if you feel a cold or flu coming on
Taste: Spicy, tangy, and exotic—sweet with a kick!
Ginger’s active component, gingerol—a natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever—also has antimicrobial and antifungal properties, which can help your body battle illness.
Pomegranate, with three times as much antioxidant activity as green tea, fights the oxidative stress that wears down your immune defenses.
Capsaicin, the spicy compound in cayenne, helps unstuff your nose.