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This time of year our bodies need all the nutrition they can get! Cold, damp weather; stress; lack of sunlight; and surplus holiday weight can add up to low immunity, lethargy or feeling sluggish. Fresh herbs are a great source of nutrients and chlorophyll. They also taste delicious!

One of the easiest ways to eat them is to blend them into smoothies. That makes it easy to get the health benefits without nibbling away like a rabbit, plus the flavour adds a twist to your favourite green or fruit blends. Here are three great herbal smoothie recipes from the annmariegianni.com. Visit her site for more recipes!

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Parsley & Pear

Parsley contains the flavanoid luteolin, which acts as a powerful antioxidant. Its essential oils, particularly one called myristicin, is amazing.

Not only that, but a mere half cup of parsley gives you 500% of your daily vitamin K—great for tightening and firming the appearance of your skin—and 50% of vitamin C—which can have a light plumping affect.

To balance out parsley’s strong flavor, I put two ripe, sweet pears in this recipe. Plus lemon for more vitamin C and ginger.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup parsley
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger
  • 2 ripe pears
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • 2 cups of spinach, packed
  • 1.5 – 2 cups water

Directions: Assemble ingredients in blender, fruit first. Blend together and enjoy.

Melon & Mint

Mint contains rosmarinic acid, which is an antioxidant. It’s also naturally cooling.

This herb can be tricky in smoothies because its texture is a little… noticeable. Adding seedy blueberries rounds out the texture since honeydew melon has practically no fiber.

Another special ingredient in this recipe is the matcha green tea powder. This type of green tea is especially rich in chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is rich in magnesium, a mineral involved in the activation of many enzymes in your body.

Ingredients:

  • 3 heaping cups frozen honeydew chunks (I cut up a fresh honeydew and froze it for a few hours)
  • 1 heaping cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tsp matcha green tea powder
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 1.5 cups of coconut milk or water

Directions: Assemble ingredients in blender, fruit first. Blend together and enjoy.

Pineapple & Coriander

One of coriander’s unique benefits is that it helps remove heavy metals from the body, such as mercury and lead, the accumulation of which can contribute to chronic disease.

Coconut water in this keeps you hydrated and keeps this smoothie light. With a good two cups of greens in here, your skin gets a ton of vitamins A and C, supporting the appearance of good skin tone and texture.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of greens, packed (I recommend spinach, lettuce, or 1 cup of each)
  • 2 cups frozen pineapple
  • Juice from ½ orange
  • ½ cup cilantro (about 10 sprigs, including stem)
  • 1.5 – 2 cups coconut water

Directions: Assemble ingredients in blender, fruit first. Blend together and enjoy.

Share your herbal smoothie recipe suggestions in the comments!

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