5 Spices to Add to your Smoothies Now Friday, May 30 2014
There’s no denying that a fruit and veggie-loaded smoothie is an excellent way to start your day. But did you know that adding just a pinch of spice to your daily smoothie routine can offer even more health benefits, all while adding a whole new level of delicious flavor?
Especially great for when your immunity is running low and stress is high, these ingredients offer concentrated doses of nutrients and can work wonders on your body. Toss in a teaspoon or two of some of these super spices into your next smoothie to take it to the next level.
The sweet, warm and comforting taste of cinnamon helps transform your glass of fruits and leafy greens into an equally healthy and tasty drink. Despite its dessert-like association, studies show that cinnamon may help regulate blood sugar, making it excellent for anyone battling type 2 diabetes. It may also lower LDL cholesterol, and is linked to reducing pain from arthritis. This versatile spice blends well with berries, bananas, and even cacao. We recommend using 1-2 teaspoons per serving for optimal benefits and deliciousness.
Rooted in ancient healing traditions, turmeric has always been heralded for its anticancer, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Plus, some studies show that this warm, golden spice may also act as a natural liver detoxifier. Give your immune system a megaboost and enjoy up to 1 teaspoon per serving of your next green smoothie.
Much like turmeric, ginger has also been shown to act as a powerful anti-inflammatory. In addition, it may also help quell nausea and motion sickness, as well as prevent migraines from developing. Pair it with pears, peaches, cinnamon or goji berries for a delicious combination that’ll help you tackle anything that comes your way.
Several studies have shown that nutmeg may help to improve the appearance of the skin, making it brighter and clearer, as well as reducing the appearance of acne. Boost your appearance and your immune system by tossing ¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg into your smoothie alongside almond milk and frozen banana.
The next time indigestion strikes, try whipping up a quick smoothie with a dash of cloves. Shown to aid in digestion, as well as act as a natural detoxifier, your tummy will thank you! Plus, cloves have high concentrations of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, including manganese, which supports good bone health. ⅛ teaspoon should do in a single serving, and cloves great when blended with apple or vanilla powder.
What other spices and add-ins do you like to add to your smoothies? Share your favorite combos below!