We had so many herbs growing in the greenhouses last summer and one day, we harvested a ton. We love to cook with herbs, use them as garnish, and dry them out for tea. Raw herbs are concentrated sources of vitamins, antioxidants, other nutrients. Some contain anti-inflammatory properties, and others boost the immune system. But we just had too many.
As I stood perplexed in my kitchen, I looked over at my fruit bowl, then over to the counter where I had my brand new Vitamix blender, and I was inspired. For those of you who have grown some herbs and are wondering about how to incorporate them into your diets, here are a few ways that we like to use them our smoothies. Or if you just love a nice summer smoothie, here are some ideas to spice things up:
1. Merry Berry
If you’re not yet sold on the whole herbal smoothie idea, try this one. Throw in some raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries like any other fruit smoothie. Add in a spoonful of peanut or almond butter for extra substance. Ginger always goes well too. Finally, toss a few basil leaves in there. If you like the flavor, next time try a whole handful of leaves!
2. Sweet and Tangy
Citrus smoothies are perfect for a warm summer day. Add grapefruit, oranges, and some sweet berries (strawberries, blueberries). Next, throw in some cilantro and basil, and add a bit of sugar.
3. Green Routine
Start off with some green apple and pineapple. Next, add in kale, spinach, and parsley. Throw in a banana and yogurt for potassium. Tada! You’ve made a green and delicious meal out of a smoothie.
4. Sorrel and Floral
Ever tried a floral smoothie before? Try making some fresh tea from hibiscus leaves, and let cool in the fridge overnight. In the morning, throw in the blender a bit of the cold tea with ice, some honey, and sorrel or other salad greens. Add in mint leaves for extra flavor! If you like a floral taste, try soaking other flower petals in the tea as well. We’ve tried daffodil and tulip, both delish delosh!
5. Melon and Lemon
Watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew are the best melons for a smoothie. Combine them with some squeezed lemon and a few berries. The best part: throw in a handful of bronze fennel for a subtle licorice flavor.
Milk, sugar, or ice cream can always be added to your liking.
We started experimenting with different flavors and combinations and realized something important. An Íko system and a Vitamix can be a small start to big change in living a healthier, more inspired lifestyle.
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