Healthy Kick: The Benefits of Adding Spice to Smoothies

The purpose of your morning juice or smoothie is to start your day healthy and energized with a delicious, nutritious, drink that is quick and on-the-go. Combining tons of fruits and veggies to get your daily allowance of vital vitamins and minerals into one juice or smoothie is perfect for the busy parent, student, and workaholic.

While kale, bananas, and strawberries are quite common smoothie ingredients, adding an extra kick of spice not only enhances the flavor but also increases the anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties.

Create a spicy juice or smoothie with these three ingredients (add one or all three for maximum benefits):

Ginger

Ginger is a flowering plant from China that can be found in root form or ground in the spice section of your local supermarket. It has magical benefits like helping to relieve menstrual cramps, strengthens the immune system, clears sinuses, and improves circulation.

Try adding ginger to a pineapple smoothie, banana smoothie, and blueberry smoothie.

Cayenne

Cayenne has many healing properties such as migraine relief, joint, and nerve pain relief, and helps to keep allergies at bay. In addition, cayenne is a great source of Vitamin A and E. Cayenne can help prevent blood clots, boosts metabolism, and aids in digestion.

Try adding cayenne to a mango-cucumber-lime smoothie, sprinkle atop a kale and spinach juice, or a carrot juice or smoothie.

Jalapeno

Jalapeños have many health benefits such as anti-inflammation, helps to lower blood pressure, can help reduce the risk of cancer, and helps to relieve pain associated with migraines and sinus headaches.

Try adding jalapeño to a raspberry smoothie, pineapple smoothie, tomato juice, or watermelon juice or smoothie.


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