Are you looking for the healthiest herbs for spring smoothies this season? Herbs not only add extra flavour to your smoothies, but there are a multitude of healthy reasons to add herbs to your smoothies as well! Read on for our 10 herbs for smoothies!
Coriander (or cilantro) is anti-inflammatory, packed full of antioxidants and nutrients such as iron, magnesium and vitamins A and K. As an added bonus, coriander is also a natural cleansing agent – aiding detoxing.
- Goes well with: spinach, apple, ginger, lime
Parsley is packed full of nutrients: rich in vitamins A, B, C, K, and folate (vitamin B9). Plus it is also high in minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, vanadium, and zinc. And this is why it is an outstanding addition to our 10 herbs for smoothies. It’s a fabulous breath-neutraliser (eat lots after a garlic meal) and it may help you digestion as well. Include liberal amounts of this herb whenever you can!
- Goes with cucumber, apple
Try this cucumber, parsley, pineapple and lemon smoothie
Dill contains essential oils, flavonoids and vitamin Bs. Dill has a long tradition of being used for digestion (think baby’s gripe water), and it’s soothing properties mean it may also help with sleepless nights or insomnia. Dill is also high in calcium (though you’d have to eat heaps to rely on it for bone health)! As an antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, dill is rich in vitamins A and C, helping to reduce inflammation while keeping your immune system on track.
- Great match with cucumber
Read on for the rest of our 10 herbs for smoothies!
Lavender is much more than a favourite garden plant, often found outside many grandmother’s houses! And YES! it is edible!! Providing vitamin A, iron and calcium, lavender can contribute to bone, eye and skin health. Lavender also contains polyphenols, a type of antioxidant which can aid digestion and ease bloating.
– Goes nicely with a bit of honey.
Rosemary is a source of iron, calcium and vitamin B6. It can improve digestion as well as enhance memory and concentration.
Lemongrass is well known for adding that lemon-zest flavour in Asian cooking. It is a source of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and folate, which is needed for the production of energy and red blood cells. It also contains minerals such as potassium (which helps to regulate blood pressure), manganese (involved in the regulation of brain and nerve function), magnesium and calcium (involved in the regulation of muscle, heart and nerve function and keeping bones strong) and iron (essential for red blood cell production).
- Goes with greens and mint
Love the freshness that mint imparts? We do! Plus it is high in essential oils, potassium, calcium, iron, manganese and magnesium, as well as providing a bit of dietary fibre. Mint is well known for promoting healthy digestion, easing nausea, and has refreshing, energising aroma!
- Goes with (almost) everything!
Try this kale, mint, lemongrass smoothie.
Also know as Melissa, lemon balm has often been used to improve mood and cognitive function. It can also help relieve stress and reduce symptoms of anxiety. Lemon balm may also help ease nausea, and even menstrual cramps. Lemon balm is a zero calorie herb. Its shoots and stems carry several health benefiting essential oils and other antioxidant phytochemical compounds that provide anti-viral, nerve-soothing effect. (For more therapeutic anti-viral, nerve tonic lemon balm, see here for our fabulous Melissa essential oil (not to be taken orally)
Try this avocado raspberry lemon balm smoothie
Sage is rich in vitamins A and K as well as volatile oils and flavanoids. It is these oils that are responsible for sage’s anti-septic, astringent and relaxing actions. It has a tradition of use in helping with hot, moist conditions (think hot-flushes) and may.
Try this blackberry sage smoothie
Thyme is a source of vitamin A, iron and dietary fibre. Also a powerful antioxidant, antibacterial and general digestive aid.
- Goes with blueberries, lemon, spinach.
Try a combination of these 11 herbs for smoothies in your next creation! We would love to see what you come up with. Let us know on our Facebook or Instagram pages!
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