“Spice up your juices and smoothies
Citrus – Nothing wakes a juice up like a splash of citrus — it’s like drinking liquid sunshine.
Herbs – Run herbs through your juicer like you would with greens. Mint, chocolate mint, spearmint, and others are beautiful in combination with sweet fruits or greens, and have a cooling effect.
Roots – Remember your roots! Ginger is a popular addition to juices because it adds a delicious heat, aids in detoxing, and eases nausea, colds, and other ailments. Turmeric is another that deserves some attention — it’s famous for its anti-cancer properties and its use in Ayurvedic medicine.
Spices – nutmeg, clove, star anise, cardamom, garam masala, cumin, cayenne, chili, chipotle, mesquite, and curry.
Superfoods – Lucuma powder is my very favorite superfood. It’s super healthy, yes, but more importantly it tastes like ice cream and transforms your smoothies into decadent desserts, especially when mixed with vanilla and raw cacao, another superfood. Then there are the fruity do-gooders, acai, goji berries, goldenberries
Flowers – I am the girl who ate red clover flowers by the handful. As a child, I ate rose petals when no one was looking, insisted I was old enough to drink green jasmine tea, and dreamed of sugared violets atop whipped cream. Now that I’m an adult, some of my most prized ingredients are rosewater, dried lavender, saffron, and jasmine water.
Umami-Enhanced Raw Soups – Umami is the fifth flavor that our palate can detect: there is sweetness, bitterness, sourness, saltiness, and umami, which is separate from all of those tastes but enhanced by saltiness. Umami is difficult to describe, but it is more or less a meaty, brothy flavor, like from marrow, mushrooms, aged cheeses, meat, spinach, and the like.
Tea – smoothie bases or components in juices are wulu green jade, green jasmine, genmaicha (with toasted rice), matcha, sencha, and gunpowder. White tea is also delicious, and I’m especially partial to white jasmine. Black teas
Heritage and Travel – Your own ancestry might be your next big inspiration for our smoothie or juice.
Play – If you’re bored with your juice or smoothie practice, don’t just look in your fridge. Look in your brain, too. How are you thinking about this cleanse or healthy regimen? Choose ingredients for fun, for color, name, shape, or association. Add cacao — make it chocolate. Treat yourself to your favorite fruits and veggies, the ones that make you smile, like lychee, Rainier cherries, Romanesco, or rainbow carrots. Play.
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