Basil Smoothie

imagesI’ve always thought of basil as an addition to a dish…something to garnish with, or a flavor enhancer. Moreover, basil has always been something added to savory food. Not sweet. So when I opened my fridge this morning and saw a huge vat of basil (that I was going to use for pesto- but didn’t end up making), I thought “why not?” Let’s make a basil smoothie. So that’s what I did. I made a basil smoothie. I added chia seeds for extra superfood goodness and dates and strawberries for sweetness. It was actually very fresh. Delicious indeed.

And basil, btw, is chock-full of incredible nutrients. To name a few:

  • DNA protection
  • Anti-Bacterial properties
  • Vitamins K, A, C, calcium, iron, manganese, copper, folate, magnesium
  • Surprisingly it also has Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Anti-inflammatory effects
  • Aids in cardiovascular health

So, in short: eat more basil. And if you are brave enough (and trust me at all), try it in a smoothie!

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Basil Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened brown rice milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 1 handful washed basil leaves
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3 dates
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup frozen strawberries

Instructions:

  • Blend (I used my Vitamin)
  • Serve
  • Enjoy!

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