Native to the Mediterranean and related to parsley, bay leaf and cumin, dill (or dill weed) is most commonly used as a flavoring for savory dishes and pickles. But its ancient history (there are records of it being used by the Greeks and Romans, as well as a mention in the Bible) reveals healing properties that can still benefit us today.
Health Benefits Of Dill
For centuries, dil has been used a digestive aid. It’s said that the essential oil in dill helps to “wake up” the digestive juices in the gut, which helps to curb slightly upset stomachs.
There have also been studies linking dill to easier, less painful menstrual cramps.
Even more scientific evidence points to dill extract helping with epilepsy and convulsions, which show just how powerful of an anti-inflammatory it is.
High cholesterol and hypoglycemia are two issues that many Americans struggle with. A 2014 clinical trial showed that repeated consumption of dill might just be a beneficial natural treatment for both.
The Taste of Dill
Dill can best be described as having a light, warm flavor. A little goes a long way, especially in smoothies.
Where To Buy Dill
You can find fresh or dried dill wherever you buy spices, from regular grocery stores to health food stores.
Smoothie Recipes With Dill
Dill is definitely not the most common smoothie ingredient, but when combined in more savory blends, it creates a nice, refreshing flavor profile!
Here are some of out favorite smoothie recipes with dill.
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.
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.
Mini Bell Pepper with Dill
These mini bell peppers are literally the cutest things ever. They’re from New York’s own Norwich Meadows Farm and they have totally amped up our creativity in the kitchen. Our tastebuds are super happy with the results. Full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, our bodies couldn’t be happier either. They might be small but just 3 of these little ones contain almost 300% of your daily value of Vitamin C. Flu season? What flu season.
Green Pepper Twist
Camu Camu is another Peruvian superfood that people are just beginning to notice. Packed with more vitamin C than any other recorded food source on the planet, Camu Camu also has beta-carotene, potassium, calcium and iron, and may even help elevate mood. Though most people wouldn’t classify it a superfood, good old dill is full of calcium and iron, and has even been shown to help with digestion. We use flaxseed in our smoothies often, not just because they’re another great alternative source of Omega-3s, but because they add the kind of fiber that keeps you feeling satisfied and full for hours.
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.
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