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3 Nourishing Drinks with a Saffron Touch

3 Nourishing Drinks with a Saffron Touch

Creamy, fruity shakes and smoothies are always a treat, but add a touch of saffron and they boast a golden glow. It truly is a wonder spice, and a little goes a long way in terms of flavor, color and health benefits. Here’s what a touch of saffron can do for these already-nourishing shakes:

  • It is a good source of antioxidants.
  • Saffron contains important minerals such as zinc, selenium and magnesium.
  • It has Vitamin C.
  • It has anti-depressant and anti-cancer properties.

Golden Banana Smoothie

1 banana
1 cup skimmed milk
½ cup muesli or granola
Honey to taste
A pinch of saffron
½ cup crushed ice

Pop everything into the blender and give it a good whiz!

Tip: if you use frozen banana in this recipe, you can omit the ice.


Dawn-hued Date Shake

1 cup whole milk
5 to 7 dates
5 to 7 pistachios, chopped fine
A pinch of cardamom
A pinch of saffron

Blend them all together, except the pistachios. Pour the smoothie into glasses and sprinkle the pistachios on them. Serve cold.


Hot & Hearty Almond Blush

1 cup skimmed milk
20 almonds
A generous pinch of cardamom seeds
5 to 7 black peppercorns
A pinch of saffron
Sugar, to taste

Blend together till smooth, and enjoy.  This delicious drink tastes equally wonderful if served hot. A comforting winter treat!


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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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11:42AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

7:54AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013


7:10PM PDT on Mar 22, 2013


6:22AM PST on Feb 15, 2013

True saffron is expensive and hard to find. Often what people get is the Safflower (or Carthamus tinctorius), a stiff thistle plant, while true Saffron is derived from the stigmas of the crocus sativus plant. I knew a chef that got a hole of True Saffron and he kept it under lock and key.

American Saffron or other fake saffrons do not contain crocin which is the colouring agent found in true saffron and which has the potential brain health benefits of saffron. Fake saffron usually releases a red-orange colour and pretty quickly too whereas true saffron should release its colour slowly to a beautiful golden yellow colour. Some fake saffrons even dissolve in the water or leach the dye colour to leave behind different coloured strands. Fake Saffron is also lighter in color and is course strands.

Be careful when buying

1:49PM PST on Feb 10, 2013


6:14AM PST on Feb 9, 2013

This is more than just a kind of herb for cooking

4:40AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

Tastes also amazing with soy or rice milk. And for the first smoothie, it's sweet enough without the honey! Try it!

10:28AM PST on Feb 6, 2013


1:48PM PST on Feb 5, 2013


1:38PM PST on Feb 5, 2013

Thank you Shubhra, for Sharing this!

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