Ask the Chef: Top 5 Smoothie Spices

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
April 23, 2013

5 Smoothie SpicesQ: What spices do you recommend using in smoothies?

-Niki W.

Spices are a great way to bring together flavors in smoothie recipes by providing that extra-exciting flavor “edge.” Here are 5 of the most commonly used spices in smoothies:

Cinnamon – Sweet and comforting, cinnamon adds a warm, familiar note to smoothies of all varieties. From winter-fruits, to berries, to even Cacao, this is a very versatile spice, that can also be used in larger quantities.

Nutmeg – Like cinnamon’s less popular sibling, nutmeg goes well with cinnamon, but can also be used on its own. Its floral notes can quickly take over other flavors, so use sparingly. Nutmeg makes a nice pairing with creamy smoothies, especially ones sweetened with Lucuma.

Vanilla bean – Though you can always use vanilla extract, a pinch of vanilla bean powder adds a more concentrated and fuller “vanilla” flavor. Vanilla enhances virtually any kind of smoothie, and helps bring out the sweetness without adding sugar. It also helps bring maca-flavored smoothies to (delicious) life!

Ginger – Fresh ginger is always an option, but using powdered ginger is a nice way to add ginger to smoothies in a softer, less spicy way. Ginger greatly enhances fruit and vegetable smoothies, giving them a bit of intrigue and kick; try ginger and Goji Berries together in a smoothie… natural flavor friends!

Cayenne – Believe it or not, cayenne can help bring out flavors of smoothies when used in small quantities. Adding a small pinch keeps the spice level in check, while making flavors like berries, tropical fruits, and even chocolate more vibrant. Favorite superfood combo? Cayenne with Goldenberry Powder – YUM!

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