Not sure if you read that right? Read it and weep! It IS possible (and tasty) to put fresh herbs and other spices in your smoothie. Not only are you smoothies going to taste better, but you’ll also reap in on a ton of nutritional benefits. If you’re interested in making a green smoothie with herbs and spices but don’t know where to start, keep reading for some awesome tips and recipes!
Herbs & Spice Make Green Smoothies Nice
- Extra nutrients–Chinese and other East Asian medicines have known for thousands of years about the medicinal benefits of certain herbs and spices. It is only now that Western medicine is starting to realize that you are what you eat and diet is huge factor in chronic disease. Did you know ginger helps with digestion? Or that Turmeric is an overall anti-inflammatory agent? Adding these ingredients to your smoothie will boost the nutritional value of your smoothie, leading to a longer, healthier life!
- The list is larger than you think–Here are a list of some herbs and spices you can include in your green smoothie:
- Parsley (fresh)
- Cilantro (fresh)
- Mint (fresh or dried, I prefer fresh)
- Cloves (ground)
- Start small–You don’t need to put a million different herbs and spices in your smoothie. Start small with one or two different ingredients and work from there. Keep in mind that you don’t need a lot of the ingredient either. A teaspoon is more than enough to begin with. Instead of making a smoothie overpowered with the flavor of parsley or ginger,use just enough to reap the benefits and add a subtle touch of flavor.
Putting the Herbs & Spices Into Action
Here’s a great recipe that makes use of three of my favorite herbs/spices: turmeric, ginger, and cilantro!
The Ultimate Longevity Smoothie
2-3 large handfuls kale
1 bunch cilantro
1 pear, cored and sliced
1 apple, cored and slice
1 thumb-sized piece of ginger
1 tsp turmeric
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender. Enjoy!