Have you considered using any herbs in your juices or smoothies?
If the answer is no, then you are missing out on a world of wonderful flavor combinations, as well as the many added health benefits that many of these herbs offer.
People drink juice, smoothies and shakes for a variety of different reasons:
- Part of a weight loss program
- Part of a weight gain program
- As a detox or cleanse
- For adding nutrients to their diet
- Helping to get their 5 a day
- To help with illness
- To promote wellness
Whatever the reason, it is bound to have something to do with getting healthier or maintaining health. The problem is that after a while, the same fruit or veg combinations can become boring.
Many people start off with good intentions and really enjoy the new experience of juicing or smoothie drinking, however, after a few weeks of drinking the same combinations, the novelty soon wears off.
Once you feel that you are no longer getting the enjoyment from your drink, your enthusiasm for making them will wane, and you will start to skip days. Eventually you will stop altogether and go back to your old eating habits.
This article is hopefully going to address that issue for you, and open your eyes to an endless combination of flavors that will keep your meal suppliment drinks fresh, exciting, and most of all, tasty.
Now as I alluded to earlier, many of these herbs not only provide flavor, many of them have added health benefits too.
Each herb listed below will be detailed with the kind of fruit and veg combination they compliment the best, as well as any potential health benefits you may also experience.
In the interest of a balanced and informed article, we will also mention any downsides (if any), or possible health risks that may have you want to avoid certain herbs should you be at potential risk due to health complications.
Wherever possible, it is best to use fresh herbs as they will carry the most flavor and will likely retain more of the health benefits than the dried versions.
10 Herbs to Jazz up your Juices & Smoothies
Mint Leaves are great for adding a cool fresh Menthol taste to your drink. It is a natural anti-microbial agent and has powerful germicidal properties helping to prevent the build up of bacteria within the mouth. The menthol taste will leave your mouth feeling clean and your breath smelling fresh.
Fennel Fronds are more delicate in flavor to the bulb and seeds. The anise taste will work well with fruit smoothies and juices. The bulbs are classed as a vegetable and will give a stronger flavour and the stalks have a mild liqourice taste. Possible health benfits from using fennel are the relief of PMS, stomach discomfort, menopause and inflammation.
Basil is a leaf herb of the mint family. It has a sweet peppery flavour with a hint of mint. There are many kinds of Basil with different flavors available, however sweet basil is the one most commonly found and sold in supermarkets. The herb has been known to help woth health problems such as stomach ulcers, acne and blood circulation.
Cilantro, also known in some parts of the world as coriander, is a very strong tasting herb that is not loved by everyone. It has a citrus like peppery taste and is often used to garnish dishes. Some people have claimed that the herb tastes like soap and so I would try a little before you go adding it to your blends. It can be an aquired taste!! Cilantro is loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and so offers many health benefits if you use it, such as helping with sleep, blood sugar levels and heart health
Dill has a distinctive powerful flavor with hints of fennel, anise and celery. The herb is great for adding a bit of zip to your smoothie or juice and can be used for both veggie and fruit combinations. Just some of the healing benefits that dill is known to help with are sleep disorders, loss of appetite and high cholesterol.
Thyme is another herb related to the mint family and so carries a little hint in the taste as well as pine and peppery undertones. Like mint, it can also aid in certain health problems suchlowering blood pressure and boosting your immune system.
Parsley is often used as a garnish for food dishes, however it is packed full of vitamins, mineral and nutrients that come with a ton of health benefits. Parsley is a must add ingredient to your diet. Just some of the conditions known to have been helped by using parsley are Cancer, Diabetes and bone health.
Goes Well With: Tomato, Lemon, Apple, Kale
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Lemongrass is much used in Thai cooking and can lend itself to some very creative recipe combinations. The citrus flavoured herb also comes with its own share of health benefits such as releiving anxiety and lowering cholesterol.
Rosemary is a woody herb with a distinctive aroma and flavor. It is a strong tasting herb and so you don't need to add much to gain the flavor. Some of the health benefits of using rosemary are listed as, helping with blood sugar levels, fighting inflammation and brain memory.
Oregano has a pungent, slightly bitter taste with mint undertones. It pairs very well with tomato. Some of the health benefits associated with oregano are reducing inflammation and anti-cancer properties.
Now Add Some Spice To Your Life
Now that we have introduced you to the world of added flavor through the use of herbs, let us take it one step further. We have also written a post that details 10 Spices that you can also add to your juices, shakes and smoothies for extra flavor and added health benefits.