Licorice Flavored Green Smoothie Recipe
When it comes to interesting vegetables to blend into delicious green smoothies, I’ll try anything. Recently, I had a bad hankering for licorice candy, but I’m determined to stay far away from candy and pastries. Rather, I prefer to satisfy my cravings with a good smoothie instead. So, I jumped online to see how else to prepare licorice. While it has long been used as medicine for a variety of conditions, I also discovered it can have some undesirable side effects if you purchase the wrong type. Plus, it can react to certain medications. Then I discovered that fennel is a very good knock-off of the licorice flavor. While not recommended for pregnant women, this plant features all manner of good nutrients and health benefits all while tasting a lot like licorice. What serendipity! Immediately, I began to formulate a plan for a licorice flavored green smoothie recipe.
The whole of the fennel plant is edible and contains, among other things, fiber, vitamins A, C, B-6, E and K. Some of the minerals found in fennel are potassium, calcium, copper, selenium, iron and magnesium. Still other goodies are lutein, zeaxanthin and dietary nitrates. Every part of your body will love fennel, not just the tongue.
Health Benefits of Fennel
One of the many benefits of consuming fennel may be weight loss, therefore, not only does the fiber help belay appetite, the nutrients act together to reduce water retention and internal inflammation. Apparently, inflammation can lead to hormonal disruptions that can cause weight gain. For women, fennel is known to reduce the famous menstrual symptoms of constipation, water bloat and cramps. Just another one of the many reasons I decided to create this Licorice Flavored Green Smoothie Recipe!
If you’re using a cheap blender, you may find your raw green smoothies take a long time to make, because it’s tough to get a truly creamy consistency with a low-end machine. Once I burned out the motor of my old one, I sprang for a high-end blender designed especially for creating perfect green smoothies. It’s been the single best investment for my health and fitness lifestyle.
Because of the naturally sweet taste of fennel, it lends itself to dessert-type green smoothies. I prefer my sweets after a good square meal, and this smoothie fit the bill just right. Here’s the recipe I came up with and found quite delicious.
- 1 stalk of fennel
- 1/2 cup ripe blackberries
- 1/2 cup ripe raspberries
- 1 banana
- 1 cup bean sprouts
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- Honey to taste
- Blend the fennel with the sprouts and sunflower seeds first to soften.
- Add the remaining ingredients.
- Use more or less almond milk to acquire your preferred consistency.
I loved this combination of ingredients because the smoothie has enough body to feel like food while having plenty of sweet to taste like a good after-meal dessert. The licorice flavor completely satisfied my craving. I think fennel has become my new chocolate!