We’re venturing into the realm of the bizarre with this Herbal Green Smoothie series, but believe it or not, dill–of fish-, chicken-, and cucumber-pairing fame–is up next. Yes, green smoothie fanatics will blend up just about anything to get their daily kale + fruit fix. But why should you care what these health nuts are slurping? What’s dill got to do with you?
A lot, if you’ll let it. Dill has potent antibacterial and antioxidant properties, as many herbs do, and like its green friend parsley, it qualifies as a “chemoprotective” food (meaning it can help neutralize carcinogens from smoke, etc.). It’s also a good source of calcium. Dill has been used in folk medicine for centuries as a method of calming headaches, aiding digestion, soothing upset stomachs, curing hiccups, and helping with insomnia.
Dill is a sweet, extremely flavorful herb, so it pairs well with fruit and delicate greens like baby spinach. Please note: a little goes a long way. These recipes are perfect for that wilting bunch of dill in the back of your fridge–you know, the one you bought to make that cucumber-dill yogurt sauce, and can’t think of anything else to use it with?
Strawberry-Dill Green Smoothie
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 frozen banana
3 springs fresh dill (about 1/4 bunch or less)
2 cups spinach or kale
Agave/honey to taste
Pineapple-Dill Green Smoothie
1 cup frozen pineapple
juice of 1 orange
3 springs fresh dill
2 cups baby spinach
Pick your recipe, blend it up, and enjoy!
Have you used any of our herbal green smoothie recipes yet? What did you think? We’d love to hear about it!
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