Experimental Juices: 8 Unconventional Juice Ingredients
If we were to take a guess, there is probably around 20 standard juicing ingredients. In other words, there are about 20 juicing ingredients that are used in a variety of combinations to create staple and popular juices. But, that’s it. While we understand why many juice recipes are supposed to have similar and versatile ingredients for convenient and cost reasons, those standard ingredients can make the art of juicing become boring. While new juice recipes tend to be exciting and tasty, overtime their appeal will diminish. Instead of tossing your favorite juice recipes to the side, try adding one or a few of these 8 unusual juice ingredients to spice things up!
1. Fennel Root
Fennel is often used in salads in Mediterranean cuisine. While it is extremely firm and crunchy, fennel has a slightly sweet taste. The outstanding thing about fennel is it plays numerous roles such as being an; antioxidant, anti-ager, anti-inflammatory, and an alkaline power food. But, the most important benefit is fennel is that it is largely comprised of anethole, which is a compound that has been proven to prevent various cancers.
This next ingredient has been used as in Chinese and Indian medicine for ages. Turmeric is a member of the ginger family, and has a pungent and slightly spicy taste. Since turmeric has a strong taste and dense nutrient power, you only need to put a small amount in your juices to receive maximum health benefits. Turmeric’s health benefits include; relief from joint pain, indigestion relief, liver function improvement, and cancer prevention. But the thing that makes turmeric one of the best unusual juice ingredients is that it provides all of the above health benefits, and more, without the toxic side effects that many drugs that are meant to treat those conditions do.
3. Star Fruit
Also known as carambola, star fruit is a star shaped tropical fruit that is popular in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. Unlike most fruits that have either a sweet or sour flavor, star fruit has a mixture of sweet and sour flavor. Star fruit is a great addition to any juice recipe because it has various beneficial qualities, such as; vitamin C, quercetin, epicatechin, gallic acid, vitamin B-6, and potassium. All of these qualities contribute to metabolic, heart rate, blood pressure, and dietary fiber benefits. The best part about star fruit is that it makes the perfect addition to a tropical juice, which is great for a hot day!
There are so many strongly-hued and flavorful herbs that should be included in juice recipes, such as; coriander, basil, and mint. Coriander has a citrus aspect that is perfect for tangy or spicier juices, and pairs perfectly with turmeric. Although basil is typically not associated with sweetness, it tends to add a sweeter quality to juices. Finally, as for mint, it acts as a palate cleanser that promotes and soothes digestion and inflammation. Although each herb promotes different health benefits, every herb has overall alkaline qualities, which make them perfect for keeping your body as healthy as possible.
Ever since the cinnamon challenge went viral a few years ago it seems like people have been hesitant to use cinnamon in anything. But the great thing about cinnamon is, like turmeric, a very small amount can be used, and your whole juice recipe will change into a nutrient-dense liquid. Some of the health benefits of cinnamon include; anti-clotting components, anti-microbial components, promoting stable blood sugar levels, an enhanced metabolism, boosted brain function, and protection of the colon. The best part is all of these benefits can be achieved by simply adding a teaspoon of cinnamon to your juice when you are done making it.
This next unusual juice ingredient is typically not used because of its spicy nature. While many people prefer sweeter and fruiter juices, some people enjoy indulging in vegetable-dense and spicy juices. If you are someone who doesn’t mind a small kick in their juices, then try adding chili to your recipes. Like most of the other ingredients on this list, you should only add a minimal amount of chili to your juice. But, a minimal amount will provide you with enough antioxidant and weight loss benefits that the extra kick to your juice will be worth it!
7. Nut Milks
While many of the ingredients on this list contribute additional health benefits to juices, this ingredient is more geared to enhancing the texture and taste of your juice. Since one of the main ideas of making and drinking juices is to receive new and important health benefits, many people do not use milk, cream, or any other dairy products in their juices. After all, juices are supposed to taste fresh and be organic. But, sometimes it can be hard to swallow truly fresh juices when you are used to creamy and sugary drinks. In order to crave this desire, simply add a nut milk to your juice. Common nut milks are coconut milk and almond milk. While you can buy coconut and almond milk in store, you can make almond milk at home if you want to stay as organic as possible. But, regardless if you purchase your nut milk in store, or make it yourself, your juice will become creamy, delicious, and filling at a low calorie and nutrient dense rate.
This last ingredient is a fantastic option to add to juices because it has little to no flavor, yet contributes a ton of nutrient and health benefits. Zucchini is packed with magnesium, vitamin C, potassium, and folate, which all contribute to the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant dense, blood sugar balancing, and anti-cancer properties that this vegetable contains. And like we touched on before, it barely has a flavor. So, you’re getting additional nutritional benefits without altering the taste of your favorite juice.
So, the next time you go to the supermarket, throw a couple of the above items in your shopping cart. Don’t be afraid to try them out in some of your favorite juice recipes. You never know, experimenting with these new and unusual juice ingredients could even lead to you creating your own creative juice recipes!