Not only does basil bring a light, earthy taste to sweeter smoothies, it has a long history in folk medicine and contains a good serving of vitamins K and A. Dill is an anti-inflammatory, and has been used for centuries as a digestive aid. Cilantro has been used since ancient Greece to aid in natural detoxification, and mint provides a cooling, soothing sensation to any blend.
Tarragon is used often in French cooking, and has known antibacterial properties as well as helpful digestive properties. Another unexpectedly wonderful herb for smoothies is sage, which has been shown to aid in both brain health and with inflammation.
Because fresh herbs can have a strong taste, it’s best to start with a small amount when adding them to smoothies. There’s always the option to add more once you’ve had a sip!
Smoothies with Fresh Herbs
There’s nothing like a mojito on a warm summer night, but this version doesn’t just have the tropical flair of pineapple and the cooling sensation of mint, it’s also full of protein (thanks to hemp seed), and essential vitamins A and K (thanks to swiss chard). Because they so easily into smoothies and disappear into other recipes, pears can often be overlooked, but this low calorie, high fiber fruit is full of essential minerals like copper, iron and manganese.
Purple Sage Pineapple
This drink packs a purple punch with unexpected elements! Blackberries and maqui berry powder are an antioxidant-loaded pair. The understated, savory flavor of sage plays off the sweet pineapple and apple. Sage is an outstanding memory enhancer, and contains many detoxifying flavonoids. Brain power-boosting walnuts contain vitamin E, folate, melatonin, omega-3 fats, and antioxidants.
Orange Berry Basil
Quite high in vitamins K and A, basil adds a grounding, earthy flavor to smoothies. There's over 35 varieties of basil worldwide, and it has a long history in folk medicine. In addition to being a low sugar fruit high in vitamin C, many people believe strawberries can help naturally whiten teeth. And collard greens are great additions to smoothies because of their unusually high protein content! Drink this smoothie, feel fresh and clean from the inside out!
Watermelon Cherry Mint
Somehow we managed to combine every iconic summer flavor into one delicious drinkable.Have you ever had cherry tomatoes with actual cherries? Pair these with watermelon and it’s a pretty red hydration bomb! Pomegranate is one of nature’s biggest sources of antioxidants, with more of the cancer and inflammation fighters than red wine or green tea. Pumpkin seeds are rich in iron, which helps regenerate skin and stimulate blood flow for that healthy glow.
Honey Dill Detox
Pale green and not-so-sweet, the underrated honeydew melon contains a respectable amount of potassium. It’s also excellent for hydration, and combined with cucumber and lemon, you’ll feel instantly refreshed. Dates contain vitamins A and K, as well as many of the B vitamins. Dill and swiss chard bring a subtle and savory element to the mix. It’s a perfect palate cleanser for when your sweet tooth isn’t in overdrive.
Peppermint “bark” might be having a moment, but if you’re trying to go lighter on the sugar, try this chocolatey, pepperminty smoothie. Banana, coconut milk and cacao powder (which is chocolate in its rawest form) combine to make a rich base, with a few mint sprigs added in for the freshest dose of mint you’ve ever had. Cacao is full of iron and polyphenols (cancer-fighting micronutrients), and mint has been used for centuries to help ease digestion. This smoothie is so good (and so healthy), Santa might even request it instead of his usual cookies and milk.
Lime Green Spice
The original superfood, kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world. It’s full of vitamins A, K and C, as well as antioxidants. Tarragon has been used to enhance dishes for centuries, with some reports saying it was cultivated as early as 500 B.C. It has a history of being used to ease toothaches and as a digestive aid, and has a hefty serving of antioxidants. Hempseeds are an excellent source of Omega-3s, Omega-6, protein and fiber, and keep you feeling full long after you eat them. Even though this smoothie is low calorie, it has enough nutrients to feel like a full blown meal.
Goji Watermelon Mint
Watermelons are a summer staple, and maybe that’s because they’re 92 percent water, making them super hydrating. They’re also full of vitamins A and C, as well as Lycopene, a powerful phytonutrient and antioxidant that has been shown to have benefits for both the heart and bones. The refreshing quotient is amped up by stomach-soothing mint, the health quotient by powerful goji berries, which have the eight essential amino acids, vitamins A and C, iron and beta carotene. Top this smoothie off with some healthy protein and fat from almonds, which were directly connected to weight loss in a recent study, and you’ve got the perfect meal replacement or snack to sip during a long afternoon.
Creamy Matcha Mint
Matcha, which literally translates to “powdered tea,” is different than the bagged tea you usually drink because instead of just steeping the leaves, you’re actually ingesting powder made from the leaves. Thanks to L-Theanine, a naturally occurring amino acid that provides focused energy without jitteriness, matcha is a great alternative to traditional coffee drinks. The refreshing flavor of mint, and the energy-sustaining healthy fat / protein ratio of cashews and avocado, also help to make this smoothie the perfect pick-me-up. And at only 11 grams of sugar per serving, there’ll be no crash later!
Spicy Jalapeno Cilantro
This savory green drink will wake you up! Spicy food stimulates blood flow, and brings healthy color to the skin. Cruciferous collards pack tons of vitamins and minerals into a low-calorie, high fiber leaf. The vitamin K in the greens help strengthen bones and improve calcium absorption. Blend a sweet apple and hydrating persian cucumber into this invigorating mix!
Green Mango Mint
Mangos are full of beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is crucial for cell growth and repair, which in turn is crucial for bright, younger looking skin. When taken internally, mint is a gentle stomach soother and digestion aid, but it’s also been known to help soothe skin irritations. When you add in a banana for healthy carbs, vegan pea protein, and healthy fat in the form of cashews, you have a meal replacement smoothie that will have you positively glowing.
Slightly sweet, slightly savory, this smoothie is definitely green and clean! Have you heard that tatsoi spinach is the new kale? In any case, it's just as tasty and versatile. Its slightly earthy flavor is reminiscent of bok choy and blends nicely with the caramelly notes of camu camu. Make things nutty with iron-rich pumpkin seeds. Subtle sage, hydrating cantaloupe, and sweet pear will make this a unique treat you can’t resist.
Raspberry Basil Healthy
This sweet and bright mixture contains heart-healthy walnuts, lycopene-rich tomatoes, and superfood goji berries. The immune system-boosting goji berries (also known as wolf berries!) come from China, Mongolia, and the Himalayas. They contain an antioxidant called zeaxanthin which can help in protecting the eyes from ultraviolet rays. Goji berries contain vitamins A and C as well as iron to help with cell renewal.
Pineapple Peach Mint
While acai berry has been touted as a weight-loss superfood, those claims are hard to substantiate. What this South American superfood does do, however, is lower inflammation in the body, which helps keep the gut healthy. Acai is also full of fiber, an essential part of a healthy diet. Pumpkin seeds have antioxidants and magnesium, a mineral that’s beneficial for the digestive tract. The fiber in peach and pear, as well as the additional stomach-easing benefits of mint, means that this smoothie is perfect for restoring harmony to those hardworking organs, and for pushing “restart” on your digestion.
Jalapeño Cilantro Kick
Turn up your energy with a burst of jalapeño! This spicy little pepper packs almost a full day’s worth of vitamin C, and capsaicin, an active compound found in chili peppers like jalapeño, may even boost your metabolism. Another big burst of vitamin C comes via camu camu, which has more vitamin C per serving than any other food. Fighting off holiday fatigue or some sniffles? This smoothie has got your back! (Pro tip: If you like a spicier smoothie, add an entire jalapeno. Start with half and work your way up to a full pepper, but be sure to seed the jalapeno as that’s where most of the spice lives.)
Apple Cider Basil
Apple cider vinegar is a health tonic that millions swear by. Many people take a tablespoon in the morning mixed into water. It’s an excellent way to detox, cleanse, and get a shot of energy. Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acids, and may have an alkalizing effect on the body. Strawberries and basil mix together for a refreshing summery taste, and banana and hemp seed combine to mask the acidity of the vinegar and make this smoothie extra filling.
Mint Chocolate Shake
Thanks to banana, avocado and dates, this St. Patrick’s day themed smoothie is high in fiber, and thanks to the cacao powder (which is chocolate in its rawest form), this sweet treat is relatively low in sugar. The addition of stomach-soothing mint adds a pop of flavor, while swiss chard provides a healthy serving of vitamins A, K and C, as well as magnesium and potassium. If you’re craving something fresh and hydrating at the end of the day (or even first thing in the morning), this is the perfect way to give your body want it wants -- and needs!
Purple Sage Mango
It’s an unexpected flavor pairing that you might have never considered, but trust us, it works! Mango has probiotic qualities, and is full of vitamins A, B6, and C. The fragrant herb sage may help lower blood glucose levels, as well as lower LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and increase “good” cholesterol HDL. You’ll get double the berry power with blackberries and heart and brain healthy maqui. Enjoy this purple paradise!
Dill’s natural oils make it a “chemoprotective,” which means that it can help neutralize certain carcinogens like cigarette smoke. In addition to being full of antioxidants, regular consumption of pomegranates and pomegranate powder has been shown to lower the rate of heart disease and blood pressure. This low-calorie, hydrating detox drink won’t just make your immune system happy; your skin look fabulous too, thanks to the vitamin C from the lime, pear and spinach, and the water-infused cucumbers. If you prefer your smoothies on the “greener” side, this one is sure to satisfy.
Basil Cantaloupe Refresh
Camu camu, a fruit native to Peru and Brazil, has the most vitamin C per serving than almost any other recorded food, making it a huge immune booster as well as helpful in the fight against wrinkles. Basil is another natural aid against aging, and both cantaloupe and pear provide a good serving of fiber, beta carotene, potassium and vitamin A. Throw in some nutrient-dense spinach and some pea protein, and you have a completely vegan meal replacement.
Citrus Cilantro Cantaloupe
Used by the ancient Greeks for its supposed medicinal properties, cilantro is great at supporting our organs during the detoxification process. Chia seeds, another ancient food, are a great vegan source of protein and fiber, as well as Omega-3 fatty acids, healthy fats that can help curb joint pain and even help protect against neurological disorders. By adding mildly sweet (and hydrating) cantaloupe and fiber-filled pear, this cleansing smoothie becomes a super enjoyable experience that should keep you full and satisfied until your next meal.
Full of vitamin C and exceptionally good at fighting wrinkles and heart disease, strawberries may also help reduce inflammation in the body. Basil has also been touted as having anti-aging and inflammation-reducing properties, meaning this combination is great for glowing skin. Another win for beautiful skin are goji berries, which are packed with beta-carotene. Add in some healthy fat and vitamin E from walnuts, and some more vitamin C from pineapple, and you have a delicious, summer-inspired smoothie that will have you looking and feeling fresh faced and fancy free. Pro tip: Organic strawberries don’t have to be separated from their green tops, just toss the whole berry in, greens and all!
Mint Persian Detox
While citrus fruits like limes are known for their high amount of vitamin C per serving, cucumbers are also rich in vitamin C, as well as anti-inflammatory compounds and fiber. The healthy fiber continues with pear, which is also high in antioxidants. When these light ingredients are combined with stomach-soothing mint, and ample vitamins and minerals from spinach (folate, calcium, iron and vitamin K to name a few), they create a low calorie smoothie that provides a gentle detox for both your digestion and complexion.
A mini vacation in a glass, this low sugar smoothie starts with zucchini as a base, which is a great source of vitamins C and A, as well as magnesium. When you combine zucchini’s light flavor with blueberries (fiber, potassium, folate), a plum (vitamin C), basil (vitamin K and manganese) and flaxseed (healthy Omega-3s), you get a creamy, low fat breakfast that will help you feel grounded, balanced and satisfied for hours.
Spicy Cucumber Cilantro
A smoothie flavored with jalapeño and cilantro? Yes! Half a jalapeño provides metabolism-boosting capsaicin, and is actually quite good for easing digestion. Cilantro is a great source of vitamins A and K, as well as calcium and iron. When you combine these two spicy flavors with cooling cucumber and lime, as well as hearty hemp seeds (healthy fat and protein), you have the kind of smoothie that is low in calories and sugar, but big on health benefits.
Strawberry Orange Basil
Amp up your energy naturally with this sweet, earthy smoothie that works as a great meal replacement. Strawberries (folate, potassium, manganese) and basil (vitamins K and A) are a familiar warm weather combination, while orange (vitamin C) and grape tomatoes (fiber and lycopene) add a sweet acidity. Goji berries (vitamins A and B2) and walnuts (vitamin E and Omega-3s) round this refreshing smoothie out.
The soft, savory-sweet flavor of sage makes it a wonderfully interesting taste profile in smoothies, and the Rosmarinic acid in this herb has great anti-inflammatory properties. Sage has also been studied as being a bonafide memory enhancer. Native to South America, maqui berries are extremely high in antioxidants, and have been shown to aid in heart health. Combine these two superfoods with blackberries (rich in bioflavonoids and vitamin C), pineapple (bursting with vitamin C), pear (fiber and potassium), and cashews (heart-healthy fat and protein), and you’ve got a low-calorie, nutritionally-dense sweet treat to start your morning off right.
Lemon Apple Mint
The perfect light breakfast before a long day, this smoothie is full of vitamins A, K and C from collards, fiber and B vitamins from apple and tomatillos, and healthy Omega-3s from hemp seeds. A pop of alkalizing citrus (and more vitamin C) from a lemon, and a fresh burst of digestion-easing mint, round this delicate drink out. With more fiber than fat per serving, you’ll feel satisfied and satiated while still maintaining a light and healthy diet.
Cooling Dill Cucumber
If you’ve never used dill in a smoothie, you’re in for a treat! Native to the Mediterranean, dill is an ancient herb, and has a long history of being used to settle an upset stomach. It’s also been studied for its antimicrobial effects, as well as its connection to lowered cholesterol. Combining it with tart lime, sweet apple, and creamy hemp seed creates a truly original flavor profile that will wake up your tastebuds. And because it’s low in sugar, this smoothie is perfect for people watching their glucose levels.
Lime Cilantro Kicker
Pumpkin seeds are rich in magnesium, a vital nutrient for everything from sore muscles, to a balanced sleep cycle, to digestion. They’re also a great source of zinc and Omega-3s. Reishi mushroom powder is a potent immunity booster, as well as a natural cancer fighter. Pair these two superfoods with nutrient-dense collard greens (protein, vitamins K, A and C), a creamy base of squash (vitamin A) and applesauce, a tart lemon (vitamin C), and the tickling sensation of cilantro, and you have a low calorie, low sugar, low carb snack that will make your body and your mind feel like a million bucks.
Mint Green Tea
One of the healthiest drinks out there, green tea contains a large amount of catechins per serving. Catechins are antioxidants that have been studied for the ability to help prevent the damage of cells. Thanks to spinach, pineapple, and an apple, this smoothie also provides more than 100 percent of your daily vitamin C needs per serving. Help your immune system -- and your skin -- positively radiate with this refreshing breakfast.
Mint Chocolate Protein
A high protein, low calorie smoothie that tastes like mint chocolate chip ice cream? Yes! Bananas keep things creamy (and add potassium), while cacao powder (which has been shown to help boost serotonin) gives a rich, chocolate flavor without any additional sugar. Add in stomach soothing fresh mint and vitamin-infused swiss chard (vitamins K, A, and C, iron and magnesium), along with a tablespoon of muscle building pea protein, and you have a complete meal in a glass.
Sage Apple Pear
Chard has a light, earthy flavor and blends nicely with the sweet taste of camu camu (which is bursting with skin-beautifying vitamin C). Pumpkin seeds are full of fiber (which helps to keep you satisfied), zinc (great for a healthy immune system and clear skin), and magnesium (a mineral that most people don’t get enough of that helps with a regular sleep cycle and muscle soreness). Sage is also great for muscle soreness, and has even been shown to ward against cognitive decline. Amp up your beauty and brains with this light drink.
Cucumber Mint Detox
The best kind of "detox" drink is the kind of drink that helps the natural detoxification process our bodies go through every day, and this low sugar, anti-inflammatory smoothie does just that! Raw mint is naturally soothing, lemon provides a ton of immune boosting vitamin C, pear and cucumber add hydration and fiber, and hemp seeds provide Omega-3s and even more fiber.
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