Citrus Immunity Shot

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This super-simple-to-prepare, Citrus Immunity Shot recipe is made with immune-boosting citrus, turmeric, and garlic, a delicious way to start your day!

This super-simple-to-prepare Citrus Immunity Shot is made with immune-boosting citrus, turmeric, and garlic, a delicious way to start your day!
Citrus Immunity Shot

This wellness shot recipe nourishes, fuels and aids your body in the morning and it’s so easy to make. If you’ve ever purchased immunity shots in the store, you will know how expensive they are. Making them from scratch saves money!

Citrus Immunity Shot ingredients

Hi Everyone, I’m Heather K. Jones. I’m a dietitian and the nutrition expert for the Skinnytaste cookbooks (so excited that book five, Skinnytaste Meal Prep, is out now!). I also work with women who struggle with emotional eating, and during this VERY emotional time on the planet. Understanding how your emotions influence your health and wellbeing is more critical than ever.

Without the inner tools to stay centered, we can easily become overwhelmed and drained. Then use food in an unconscious attempt to feel safe, to create a false sense of control, or to soothe or suppress uncomfortable emotions.

So, if you’re eating is especially unbalanced right now, be gentle with yourself. Recognize this is an INVITATION to start understanding yourself and your life in a much deeper way.

Creating soulful, practical routines that support your mental, emotional and physical health will not only naturally boost your immunity and reduce stress eating, it will also re-connect you with the healing and strengthening power of your own heart. You’ll remember just how capable, resilient and powerful you truly are!

Know too that when you take care of yourself and prioritize your health, this also provides you with the energy to support others from a grounded place.

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Your body is an amazing, self-healing machine! Every minute of every day it’s working to keep you healthy and alive. One of the best ways to support your body and boost your immunity is to fuel it with nutrient-rich foods.

Plants are your best source of fiber, vitamins and minerals. This super-simple-to-prepare Citrus Immunity Shot from my dietitian friend Danielle Omar, is a delicious way to supplement your day.

Citrus Immunity Shot Recipe

Immunity Shot Ingredients and Benefits

The phytonutrients in plants are very beneficial. Especially when it comes to helping your body’s natural detoxification systems and boosting your immune system. Here’s how each of the ingredients in this Immunity Shot nourishes, fuels and aids your body:

  • Grapefruit: Rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin A, two powerful vitamins that benefit immunity.
  • Lemon: A good source of Vitamin C, providing antiviral and antibacterial properties.
  • Orange: Also high in Vitamin C and it’s high in beta-cryptoxanthin, a carotenoid that your body converts into Vitamin A.
  • Ginger: Contains gingerol, which can help lower the risk of infections and inhibit the growth of many different types of bacteria.
  • Turmeric: Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is a powerful anti-inflammatory and a very strong antioxidant.
  • Black Pepper: When you add a little black pepper to your turmeric, and you increase the absorption of curcumin by almost 2000%!
  • Garlic: Enhances immune function and it contains sulphur compounds that get into the body through digestion and exert many medicinal effects.

Make a fresh batch at least once a week. Have one shot in the morning and another later on to boost your afternoon! For an added boost of Vitamin C, throw in a red pepper and some fresh lime juice for a different flavor.

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Citrus Immunity Shot

25 Cals 0.5 Protein 6 Carbs Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Yield: 6 serving
COURSE: Drinks
CUISINE: American
This super-simple-to-prepare Citrus Immunity Shot is made with immune-boosting citrus, turmeric, and garlic, a delicious way to start your day!


  • 1 medium grapefruit, peeled
  • 1 medium orange
  • ½ medium lemon
  • 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger root, peeled
  • 1 (1-inch) piece fresh turmeric root, peeled
  • ½ clove garlic
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper


  • In a blender, combine (whole) grapefruit, juice from the orange and lemon, ginger, turmeric, garlic and pepper. Blend until smooth (adjusting ingredients to taste, if necessary).
  • Place a small sieve or strainer over a mason jar or glass cup. .
  • Pour liquid into strainer and serve immediately or store in refrigerator for up to 4 days


Serving: 1shot about 2 oz, Calories: 25kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 0.5g, Sodium: 0.5mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g
WW Points Plus: 1
Keywords: citrus shots, immune shot, immunity shots, wellness shots

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  1. This is excellent!  My husband always buys the expensive store bought wellness/immunity shots, but he said this one was much better!  I push the pulp through the strainer and I actually save the pulp – I kinda like it by the spoonfuls. Definitely a keeper and nice to have during cold season or whenever you might need it.

  2. Easy to make (if you have all the ingredients!) and tastes exactly like the expensive shots you buy at the store!

  3. I juiced this in my juicer. A little tart but oh so fresh. 

  4. My juice didn’t turn out with the same bright or age color. 

  5. I added a little carrot juice to the mix to help mellow out the sourness of the citrus. Great little boost for the morning. Thanks!

  6. Can you use grapefruit juice??

  7. Made as written and loved
    it! I think I will add a little honey and maybe even cayenne for kick. I also am going to juice the grapefruit next time so the ginger, garlic and turmeric will stay in the shot and not the pulp when strained.

  8. Can you use already prepared OJ that is bought in grocery stores with the same nutrition or ear it

  9. I have never tried a “shot” like this before. It makes sense though, and all the ingredients were unprocessed and fresh. It tasted good and I will see how I feel in the next few days! Flu season is pretty much here, and it is getting cooler and wetter in the PNW, so I want to be prepared!

  10. Hi! If I don’t have fresh ginger, turmeric and garlic what can I use instead and how much? Thanks!

  11. What if you can’t eat grapefruit because of statins

  12. I wonder if I could double up on the orange because I can’t eat grapefruit because of the medication I take.

  13. I also added a scoop of baobob powder because it’s also high in vitamin C and minerals calcium and magnesium 

  14. I’m allergic to orange juice. Is there something I can substitute?

  15. I really liked this ! Zippy and intense. The garlic comes through if you get a little heavy handed wutg it.

  16. Thanks so much. The ingredients are on my shopping list for when I visit the store. I’m making two, one for me and one for my mom.

  17. The recipe calls for 11” of turmeric and ginger roots…should it be 1”? One teaspoon of ground replacement would be significantly less. I know these should be potent, but when I add ginger to my juices, a couple inches can be pretty spicy for a quart of juice. Thank you for the recipe. 

  18. what would be the equivalent in teaspoons or tablespoons of the ginger root. I buy packaged finely grated ginger root or ginger paste.

  19. Made it! I love certain flavors and this was really delightful to me; I would easily consider pouring it in a cup of ice with a lime LeCroix (flavored sparkling water) as a refreshing beverage, not just taking it as a shot.  My husband, on the other hand, who has horrible eating habits, hated it. So, a tale of two cities, here. 😂

  20. Hi. Couple of questions… do we peel the orange and lemon? also is the amount of ginger root and turmeric root correct? an 11 inch (ELEVEN inch) piece of of each root?

  21. Dumb question… Do we peel the orange and lemon? 

  22. I am trying it right now but, I have to say, I thought it was 11 inches of both ginger and turmeric root then I was like, “Nah! That can’t be right! It has to be 1 piece 1” long.” Good news is I have enough to make 11 batches now. 😂😂😂

  23. Wow!  Help me out here. Is this supposed to burn going down?  I thought it would taste good but oh boy. Is it supposed to be mixed with something?  I know it’s good for me.  I followed the instructions carefully and rechecked after I tasted it. What can be done?

  24. Can you make a big batch and freeze it in “shot” size portions?

    • I make several batches at a time, freeze then in ice trays and then add how many I need to my morning protein drink.
      I will also make a batch and keep in the fridge…tastes even better the next day after the ingredients have a chance to meld together.

    • The directions say to peel the ginger but the photo shows a chunk of ginger in the blender not peeled. Can I skip peeling the ginger? 

  25. I have a terribly stupid question… when you say whole grapefruit, do you mean peal on or peal off? 🙂

  26. If I can’t have grapefruit… is it still a worthy thing to try?

    • Yes, for sure! Just use a whole orange instead of the grapefruit. You can also try a whole red pepper – just seed it before you put it in the blender.

  27. I can’t have grapefruit because of taking cholesterol medication.  What can I substitute for it?

  28. Can ground turmeric be substituted for the turmeric root?  If so,  how much should be used?

  29. We can’t have any grapefruit due to medication interactions. Will all oranges substitute?

  30. Can this be made in a juicer, thus eliminating the strain step? 

  31. Can you make this with ginger stir-in paste and powdered tumeric? And if so, how much of each would you suggest?

    • Yes, use 1 teaspoon powdered turmeric 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of garlic paste – the garlic can be potent so try 1/2 first and adjust as need be.

  32. I can’t find turmeric root where I live. Can I used ground turmeric instead and if so, how much should I use?

  33. Garlic and citrus, that is interesting. I think I never had this combo before. I will give it a try. Thanks for the recipe.

  34. I take a statin drug and grapefruit is contraindicated…..just leave it out I guess?

  35. Should it say 11 inch piece of ginger? That would be nearly a foot in length.
    Maybe it is a formating typo 1 x 1inch

  36. Thank you for this, I’m looking forward to trying it. I do have one question–the recipe says that it makes one serving, but I’m guessing that if that is the case, then a “shot” isn’t a full serving, correct?

    • Hello! Yes, that was a little confusing – sorry about that. Hopefully this is a little clearer. The

      recipe makes approximately six 2-ounce servings (or six 2-ounce “shots”), depending on the size of the fruit, of course. The nutrition information per serving is: Calories: 25kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein:0.5g, Fat: 0g, Sodium: 0.5mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4gBlue Smart Points: 1Green Smart Points: 1Purple Smart Points: 1

    • Sorry, just fixed. It makes 6.

  37. How many fluid ounces is a shot or is this recipe considered to be 1 shot?

  38. Does this recipe make 1 shot or more?