Using Culinary and Fresh Herbs in your Juice and Smoothies

Smoothies, juices and pretty much everything else that’s healthy is always made better with supplements and add-ons, and I have been known to jazz up regular old sippers with herbs and spices for years to flavor food. And with those add-ons comes the added nutritional punch that we all desire to have!

Using Culinary and Fresh Herbs in your Juice and SmoothiesCulinary herbs have become so commonplace in everyday cuisine that it can be easy to forget they also bring very important health benefits. Most fresh herbs go incredible well with vegetable juices, and it’s safe to put them through your juicer with other vegetables, or simply steeped into your juice creation. But as with any juice, you want to consume it immediately to retain all the active ingredients.

Alternately, with smoothies, tossing in fresh herbs and blending it along with other ingredients is all that is required. I find that although some herbs should be used exclusively with vegetables, basil and mint finds themselves well placed in fruit and vegetable blends.

Other uses for culinary and fresh herbs

Culinary herbs also make for lovely garnish, and, although I do not discriminate, I find that in addition to mint and basil, lemon balm makes for a beautiful and delicious drink garnish.

As with culinary herbs, culinary spices are often overlooked because they are used in such small quantities while cooking. However, they do indeed add wonderful flavorings to many juices and blends, bringing with them extremely crucial therapeutic benefits as well.

Not all spices are suited to all types of juice and smoothie combinations – in fact, some should remain exclusively in the savory category such as garlic, horseradish and cumin. However, there are far more versatile spices that I find myself using on a regular basis, like ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

All are well placed in almost any smoothie or juice, as they temper sweetness in a fruity blend or sweeten a more savory sipper. And I don’t know about you, but I stock my fridge and pantry with versatile items, so that at any moment I can create something healthy and delicious.

This juice is a fantastic example of culinary herbs and spices playing well with one another. Ginger, pineapple, mint, and carrots, combine together to create a sweet, a slightly spicy libation that is complex is in its flavor profile – you won’t know why, but you’ll love it!

Ginger Juice

Makes 1

  • 1/2 small pineapple
  • 1 oz fresh ginger root
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 leaves of mint
  • Ice cubes

Juice the first 4 ingredients together and pour over ice. Enjoy immediately!

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