Spice Up Your Juice

spice-up-juiceBy weight and volume, spices have the highest antioxidant content of any food. It only makes sense that spices can help to seriously boost the health value of any juice with very little effort. Spices can also add dimension and flavor to juices that can help to camouflage very healthy but not so palatable fruits and vegetables.

Health Benefits of Spices

Many types of peppers promote weight loss by revving the metabolism and satisfying the appetite. Pepper-spices may also promote digestion by increasing the body’s production of hydrochloric acid. Peppercorns, black pepper, and cayenne may all add these types of benefits while adding a different and interesting burst of flavor to earthier or bitterer juices. Cinnamon may help to protect cells against damage caused by free radicals and regulate blood sugar while adding a comforting and delightful flavor to fruit juices. Ginger may help to curb inflammation while adding zest to citrus or vegetable juices.

Adding Spices to Juices

The best way to add a spice to a juice may vary depending on the type of spice. Fresh ginger is commonly placed into a juicer to add the flavor and benefits, while ground turmeric is more commonly purchased in the spice section and added to juices from a shaker. Spices like oregano and cumin may be added fresh or shaken into juices after the other ingredients have been juiced, depending on what is on hand and the preference of the juicerhead.

Start Light and Increase Quantity

Spices are super concentrated, so it is best for juicerheads to start out adding a small amount of spice and increase as a tolerance builds. Adding too much spice without tasting can ruin a juice. It is best to add spices to juices that would be good if the food was in whole form, such as tomatoes and oregano or cinnamon and apples.