Did you know that there are many herbs and spices that can be added to your daily shake, smoothie or Juice drinks?
Adding spices will not only add a powerful flavor kick to your drink, it will also have the added benefit of helping you stay healthy. Herbs and spices have been used to heal people for centuries, and although we may have moved on to using modern medicines, those healing powers still remain in the everyday herbs and spices available today.
10 Spices That Give Juices & Smoothies A Real Health Boost
Garlic is used a tremendous amount in cooking recipes as it has so much flavor. Garlic also has many health benefits due to the high vitamin C & B6 content. Closely related to the onion family, garlic will compliment almost any recipe. Some of the health benefits that garlic can help with are colds, blood pressure levels, cholesterol levels, Dementia and Alzheimers
Ginger is another spice that is well known and used in many recipes. Originally from China, it has been used for centuries as a healing ingredient. Tasting just like its name suggests, ginger pairs well with lemon, pumpkin, spinach, cauliflower and sweet potato. Gingers healing properties can help with morning sickness, inflammation, indigestion and menstrual pain.
Cayenne is a powdered spice that comes from chili peppers. This spice has a heat element and can really add a zing to your drink. Cayenne has been known to help with Psoriasis, digestion, blood pressure and even reduce the your cancer risks.
Cumin can be used as seeds or ground powder. It has a strong distinctive flavor and is used in many indian and middle eastern recipes. It compliments pumpkin, zucchini, tomato and onion very nicely. Health benefits gained from the use of cumin include the ease of upset stomachs, Asthma, and diabetes.
Tumeric can be used in root form or powdered. Used in India for thousands of years for both cooking and medicinal purposes it has many healing properties. It has a slightly bitter taste and is used in cooking more to add color than flavor, and for its medicinal qualities. Tumeric is what gives curry its yellow coloring. Some of the many health issues that are helped using tumeric include, Arthritis, Depression, Cancer and Alzheimers.
Cinnamon comes from the inner bark of the True Cinnamon Tree. It has a sweet spicy taste and pleasant aroma. This is a very versatile spice that goes well with both sweet and savory recipes. Some health benefits of using cinnamon include fighting infection, promoting brain function, reducing cancer risk and reducing inflammation.
Cardamom is a pod that contains black seeds. They have a sweet and savory taste and can be used in desserts as well as savory recipes. Some of the many health benefits of using cardamom in your supplement drinks are the anti cancer properties, anti inflammatory, blood circulation and respitory benefits.
Nutmeg is produced from the seed of the nutmeg tree. It is usually grated or purchased in powder form. It has a sweet spicy taste and is associated with chritmas due to it's use to season egg nog. It is another spice that can be used in both sweet and savory recipes and goes well with carrots and squash vegetables. Nutmeg can help with skin, brain health, circulation, pain and digestion.
Cloves are made by drying the flower bud of the clove tree. The spice is used whole or in powder form. In cooking, cloves are added for flavor and aroma, and usually combined with other foods like lemons or oranges. Christmas hams are often studded with cloves and warming Christmas Mulled Wine is also complemented by floating clove studded orange segments in the drink. For medicinal purposes, cloves are known to help with regulating blood sugar, numbing toothache, liver function and potential anti cancer properties.
Black peppercorns come from black pepper vines and are dried. They can be added to recipes whole or freshly ground in a peppermill or pestle & mortar. They have a sharp taste and add heat. They are very beneficial to health and have anti cancer, anti diabetic and antibacterial properties. They can also be used to lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels and help with digestion.
As you can see, adding spices really can give your smoothies, juices and shakes a real flavor boost as well as adding extra health properties to your system.
I have chosen ten of the most common spices that are used, however there are many more delicious and healthy varieties out there waiting for you to discover.
Along with these ten healthy spices, we have also written another post detailing ten of the most common herbs that add health benefits to your drinks.
Once you really look into the different flavor combinations, and start mixing some herbs and spices together, there really is no reason for your juices or smoothies to be bland and boring any longer.
Go wild and crazy with your recipes. Throw a couple of herbs or spices into your next drink and see how it tastes. You never know, you may just hit a new favorite combination that you never thought would taste good, but actually tastes amazing.
Have Fun & Enjoy!!!