If you’ve been juicing for a while, there’s a good chance that you’re starting to get bored with all the standard ingredients that you can add to your mixtures. Here are five odd ingredients that will kick up your juice and give you some new flavors to enjoy!
- Cinnamon – Most people don’t think of this, but cinnamon tends to go really well with sweet vegetables. You’re probably had carrot cake before, so why not replicate that in a healthy juice drink? A little almond milk will even give you the impression of frosting! The other great advantages of cinnamon is that it has been shown to reduce pain and help regulate blood sugar. You can’t go wrong with grinding a little bit of this into your juices.
- Curry Powder – Much like cinnamon, adding this spice can actually give your juices a flavor that you didn’t expect, but one that brings to mind favorite dishes. Classic yellow Madras curry can be found in most stores and can give a hint of spiciness to your juices, helping to bring out a lot of the natural flavors that you already are getting from tomatoes, lemon, cucumber, ginger, or greens like kale or chard. Adding a touch of sea salt will kick up the flavors even more when you’re using curry.
- Turmeric Root – Most people are familiar with the yellow-orange powder, though they may rarely use it. However, not everyone has gone over to the root section of their produce department and found the fresh turmeric root over by the ginger. Fresh turmeric is not like the powder at all and can add a deep, rich earthiness to your juices for a much different flavor. On top of that, it has been used for centuries as an anti-inflammatory that some suggest also may have antidepressant properties. Only use a little to start as too much can upset your stomach, but just a small amount can go a long way.
- Star Fruit – Most people overlook this particular fruit because of its strange appearance and waxy exterior, but star fruit — also known as “carambola” — is actually ideally suited for juicing. It has a distinctive light sweetness that doesn’t overpower a drink and a little bit of a citrus flavor that helps it go with most ingredients. Best of all, its flesh is nice and soft as well as very juicy, making it easy to get the most out of when you process it.
- Prickly Pear– Cacti, like many other plants, produce fruit. In this case, the fruit of a cactus is the prickly pear. While the outside is hard and inedible, the middle is incredibly sweet and tastes a lot like melon or bubblegum. Juice that comes from it is a unique fuchsia color that can be flavor boosted very easily with the addition of just a touch of lime. You can eat the seeds, though some juicers can’t process them very well, so be sure to keep an eye on that. Beyond that, though, these are a great unique approach to juicing.
There are, of course, tons of ingredients that you haven’t tried yet. Don’t let your juicing fall into a rut. Experiment a little bit, try a new flavor, see if a particular combination works out. Take these ingredients and see if they work with what you’ve been doing already.
You don’t have to follow the same old routine. You can try all sorts of odd ingredients in your juices and you’re sure to find a few that are absolutely delicious.