Herbal Smoothies

Incorporating herbs into your smoothies is a great way to boost the nutrition and enhance the flavor. Herbs have been used for centuries to cure a host of ailments and prevent illness. You can address a particular health problem by using herbs known to help alleviate it. For example, ginger is great for digestive issues. Below you’ll find all the herbal smoothie recipes I’ve posted with many more to come.

Berry Basil Green Smoothie

Berry Basil Green SmoothieIt’s the time of year where I live when fresh produce is plentiful. I’m so grateful for the local farmers who grow my food with much care and love. Most of the ingredients I used in this smoothie are local and organic, just the way I like it.

Basil is one of the herbs I find myself adding to more and more smoothies because of the sweet, but savory flavor it lends. I’m also quite fond of its health benefits, which include anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, antioxidants, and cardiovascular support.

Basil is rich in vitamin K – just two teaspoons provide about 60% of your daily needs. Vitamin K is vital in building strong bones, supports a healthy heart, and contributes to proper brain function.

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Raspberry Rosemary Smoothie

Raspberry Rosemary SmoothieMy local CSA had fresh rosemary this week and I couldn’t wait to use some in another smoothie, and smell its beautiful aroma :) My first rosemary smoothie was a huge success and oh so delicious!

I’ve been using rosemary more and more in the kitchen and felt somewhat validated last week while listening to an interview with esteemed herbalist Susun Weed. She mentioned many of rosemary’s wonderful qualities, in particular its antioxidant potency. I actually dug up this article by Susan for those interested in her take – Now Remember Rosemary.

Consider rosemary one of my favorite herbs!

Besides being an antioxidant powerhouse, rosemary is known for the following health benefits:

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Hot and Spicy Green Smoothie

Hot and Spicy Green SmoothieEvery once in a while I find myself in the mood for a hot and spicy smoothie. In order to heat up my smoothies I simply add a little chili powder or cayenne pepper.

If you haven’t tried a hot smoothie, I encourage you to give it a whirl. Besides being a nice change of pace, spices such as chili powder offer their own unique health benefits.

Chili powder is rich in vitamins A and C. Vitamin A supports your eyesight and the health of your bones, teeth, and skin. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, boosts your immune system, and helps in recovery from injury. Chili powder is also rich in the minerals potassium, phosphorus, calcium, and iron and contains a little zinc, manganese, and selenium.

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Tasty Turmeric Smoothie

Tasty Turmeric SmoothieGet all the wonderful health benefits of turmeric, in particular its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, by incorporating it into this delicious and easy to make smoothie.

Turmeric has been used in Indian Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for centuries because of its superior health promoting properties. In the health circles I hang out in I feel like this “super spice” is being talked about more and more, primarily because of its superior anti-inflammatory action.

With inflammation at the root of so many illness such as arthritis, it’s important to include anti-inflammatories into your diet. With turmeric you get much more than a reducer of inflammation though.

Here’s a quick rundown of turmeric’s other health benefits.

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Strawberry Mint Green Smoothie

Strawberry Mint Green SmoothieGet your day started proper with this delicious, healthy, and easy to make green smoothie. Your body and taste buds will thank you.

Mint is a great addition to green smoothies providing a little extra nutrition while enhancing the flavor. Both fresh and dried mint can be used.

A few of the health benefits attributed to mint include aiding in proper digestion, cleansing and detoxification, calming effects, antioxidant rich, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and mint helps maintain healthy skin.

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Red Hot Fruit Smoothie

Red Hot Fruit SmoothieSome people like it hot and I happen to be one of them. If you enjoy spicy and moderately to very hot foods, you’ll undoubtedly like this smoothie.

Why would you want to add cayenne pepper to your smoothie, other than to heat it up?

The health benefits of cayenne pepper are vast and various. First, it’s an anti-inflammatory and inflammation plays a role in almost every health problem. It’s also anti-cancerous, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-allergen, and anti-irritant. Call it the king of anti’s :)

Looking to lose a little weight? Studies have shown that people who consume cayenne pepper for breakfast have less appetite and thus reduces caloric intake throughout the day. Cayenne also boosts metabolism, which helps the body burn excess fat.

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