If you drink smoothies as often as I do, then you know how important it is to switch things up to keep these healthy drinks interesting. That’s why I love adding spices, herbs, and other fun smoothie boosters to my drinks. Not only does this add flavor, it can also have added benefits. After writing a 16 Spices for Smoothies post, I knew I had to write one about herbs that you can add to smoothies. I’ve included some of my smoothie making tips! Enjoy – and let me know which herb is your favorite!
Here are 10 Herbs for Smoothies:
Even though rosemary is available year round, it reminds me of autumn. It smells like pine and pairs well with cold-weather foods (soups, stews, lamb). You might not think to add it to a smoothie, but it adds a lot of flavor and is high in antioxidants.
Make: Raspberry Rosemary Smoothie
Cilantro is a polarizing herb – you either love it or you hate it. Being Indian, I’m fairly used to adding cilantro to garnish just about every meal. In my opinion, cilantro has a bright, lemony flavor. It’s also known for having antibacterial properties. Because of it’s strong flavor, make sure to pair this herb with something sweet.
Make: Pineapple Cilantro Smoothie
Mint will make your breath minty fresh by keeping bad bacteria from growing in your mouth. I love all flavors of mint – if you can get your hands on chocolate mint though… oh, it’s the best. This is the perfect herb to help cool you down.
Make: Raspberry Lime Cooler
Basil isn’t just for pesto or Italian sauce. This herb is a little sweet and a little spicy, with notes of anise, mint and cloves. Like cilantro, basil is also known for its antibacterial properties and for helping with kidney detoxification.
Make: Blackberry Basil Smoothie
Parsley is more than just a garnish. It has a peppery bite and is packed with vitamins and nutrients and minerals (vitamin A, C, and K as well as iron and calcium). Add some of this to your next green smoothie – just be sure to pair it with something sweet.
Make: Parsley Berry Smoothie
A bit of thyme will add depth to a smoothie. This herb has a woody, slightly minty flavor and can help liven up a green smoothie. It’s also good for you. Thyme contains thymol which has shown to have anti-fungal properties.
Make Lemon Thyme Smoothie
Dill adds a clean, fresh flavor to foods (cucumber, salmon, salads) and also to drinks. This is a fun herb to add for some variety to your smoothie routine. It’s great in both sweet and savory smoothies.
Make: Cucumber Dill Smoothie
When you’re in the mood for a savory smoothie, grab some oregano and make a Bloody Mary or a homemade V-8.
Make: Tomato Oregano Smoothie
If you like Thai food, chances are that you’re already familiar with lemongrass. It’s a key ingredient in Tom Yom soup. It has a spicy citrus flavor and tastes surprisingly good in smoothies.
Make Banana Lemongrass Coconut Smoothie
Fennel is a vegetable, herb and a spice. The bulb is used as a vegetable, the fronds as an herb, and seeds as a spice. You can use the fronds in salads, side dishes, to flavor soups and fish – and also, in green smoothies. The fronds are more mild than the seeds in flavor. I love the idea of pairing sweet fruit with the fronds.
Make: Pineapple & Fennel Frond Smoothie
Smoothie Making Tips:
- Use whole spices: freshly ground spices provide the most flavor. You can use a microplane or a coffee grinder to freshly grate or grind whole spices for maximum flavor.
- Add a little fat: adding some avocado, a spoonful of nut butter, or leftover coconut milk will help keep you full.
- Freeze Fruit: for a colder, smoother smoothie. Plus, this way you can use less ice which means a less diluted drink. Plus, it’s a great way to use overripe fruit.
Enjoy making smoothies – let us know what combinations you try!
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