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6 Spices and Herbs to Give Your Smoothies a Kick

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While many people focus on the vegetables and fruits that make up the bulk of a smoothie, sometimes the biggest flavor comes from the smallest ingredients. Here are a few of herbs and spices that you can add to your smoothies for a unique flavor boost. 

1. Ginger 
Ginger can add a strong zing to a fruity smoothie. This root goes with almost any fruit - oranges, banana, apples, peach - and is rich in nutrients such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C and vitamin A, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Some people also turn to ginger to soothe upset stomachs. 

You don't need much ginger to make an impact on the taste of your smoothie. Because it has a strong taste, consider making a small batch before tackling a big smoothie in your blender

2. Cinnamon 
While cinnamon has become a staple of many beverages and can be found in most coffee shops, many people forget it's a great pairing with smoothies. Coffee-based smoothies or blended drinks with yogurt or ice cream go perfectly with this sweet spice. Cinnamon, whether a stick or a sprinkle, also is frequent addition in autumn apple or pumpkin smoothies.

3. Turmeric
While turmeric may not be as well known as cinnamon in the U.S., it has grown in popularity recently. Simple Green Smoothies pointed to turmeric as the "King of all Spices" when it comes to boosting the immune systems, and advised people incorporate it into their next green smoothie. This spice is said to help with aches and pain too, the website explained. 

4. Rosemary 
Rosemary is frequently used in the kitchen, but rarely in your blender. However, this herb can help give a green smoothie a more distinct earthy taste. Also, a sprig of rosemary makes a nice garnish for a vegetable-filled smoothie. Other herbs like thyme, cilantro and parsley are also becoming more popular in green smoothies. 

5. Vanilla bean
Vanilla is a tasty addition to any dessert smoothie, but super food company Navitas Naturals advised smoothie makers to skip the extract and reach right for some vanilla beans. The company pointed to vanilla beans as a great way to make your drink sweeter without using sugar. 

6. Mint 
A bit of mint not only looks great rested atop a dessert smoothie, it tastes even better blended in. Whether you're having a orange-strawberry fruit smoothie, a rich vegetable beverage or a sweet, chocolate frozen drink, a bit of mint will enhance the taste and add refreshment.