From our book, left to right: Karina’s GoGoGreen Juice, Karina’s Racey Red Juice and Lisa’s Green Goodness Juice
Green juices and smoothies are a great alternative drink to soft drinks and other sugary drinks in the summer. Also, because so many places are offering juices and smoothies these days, they’re a great alternative and “special treat” option for the kids when you’re out and about.
If you’re concerned about the amount of sugar in the fruit juices though, then you’ll love these 5 simple not-too-sweet options:
The cooling taste of mint makes it a fantastic addition to juices and smoothies. It can cover the flavours of other green veggies like kale, while adding flavour to the veggies that don’t really have a lot of flavour on their own (like cucumber or celery for example). It can also compliment the flavour of other foods in the juice and smoothies, ranging from cacao to fruits like strawberry.
Parsley can make your green juices and smoothies feel even healthier. When it comes to parsley, a pinch goes a long way, and it adds a refreshing taste with green veggies. Karina adds parsley in her GoGoGreen Juice recipe in our book.
Ginger is one of my favourite flavours, from a herbal medicine perspective it’s a great herb which is great for digestion, nausea and inflammation. From an eater’s perspective, it’s great with other flavours (like lemon). If you’d like some more ideas, watch Hayley make her Healthy Green Smoothie in the snippet from our Cold Drinks Episode below. If you’d like to watch the full Cold Drinks Episode, just click here.
A wedge of lemon added to a veggie juice or smoothie will add a refreshing zing of flavour. Like with mint, lemon is great on its own, but pairs up nicely with some of the other foods that add flavour, like ginger, or mint, it’s also a great compliment to some sweeter juices. Lemon juice and zest is base for Glenys Refined-sugar-free cordial.
For those who can’t tolerate oranges, but can tolerate lime, lime gives a lovely tang with a tiny hint of sweetness . It works nicely with ginger and other fruits too. I uses ginger and lime in my Green Goodness Juice recipe which is in our book.
Lisa’s Green Goodness Juice
So there you go, 5 simple ways to flavour your smoothies and juices. Do you have another not-too-sweet flavouring you like to add? Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear about it!
Do some of these recipes sound yummy? You can get the recipes in our book: The Alternative Kitchen: A beginners guide to cooking without dairy, soy, gluten, egg or meat.
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