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Very Berry Basil Smoothie

The inspiration for this recipe comes from… our VERY happy indoor basil plant!

Smiling? Or munching on some basil?

 

Do you know that basil is surprisingly delicious when mixed with fruit? I first discovered it when I used to make this orange basil smoothie by FullyRawKristina, check out her video below:

 

I hadn’t used basil in smoothies much (if at all!) since I used to make the orange one.  Now that we had such a thriving plant, I knew I needed to mix up my greens and create a delicious smoothie recipe!

Do you mix up your leafy greens? I have to admit, spinach is our go-to, followed by kale. Spinach just blends so easily without altering the taste, which is why I love it.  However it IS important to rotate greens.  This will provide your body with a whole spectrum of different nutrients that you may be missing out on if you use the same green, smoothie after smoothie, day after day.  Variety is important in your smoothies as well as the rest of your diet! For example, dandelion greens have more calcium and iron than spinach and kale!

There are so many possibilities too, especially during the peak grow seasons near you.  I love going to the farmer’s market and seeing what they have… collards, cabbage, bok choy, chard, leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce… And if I buy beets, there is no way those beet greens are going to waste!  Or herbs!  You can throw in parsley, cilantro, or BASIL!

 

 

Note this makes one LARGE smoothie.  If I am having it as a meal, I will have it by myself, usually in a bowl with a lot of toppings (I added granola, banana, chia, hemp seeds all to the smoothie bowl above after I shot a pic!)  Why a bowl? I love smoothie bowls if I am sitting down to a meal, it forces you to eat slower, and it feels more like eating vs just sucking it down through a straw. You can’t beat the convenience of a smoothie if you need a meal-on-the-go though!

If I want it as a snack, I will split it with the fam.


Very Berry Basil Smoothie
 
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Berries marry basil beautifully in this bright pink smoothie! A delicious change of pace from your typical green smoothie.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • ⅓ cup basil (loosely packed)
  • 2 cups frozen mixed berries (I used strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries)
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp raw almonds
  • ½ tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. If not using a high speed blender, blend water and spinach first, then add all other ingredients until smooth, adding more water if necessary.
  2. If using a high speed blender, add all ingredients and blend until smooth.
Notes
This is a THICK smoothie. If you want to drink it as opposed to eating it as a bowl, you may want to add a little more water.

 

Note: I get asked if it matters what type of blender you have.  This can be made in a standard blender, it will probably work better if you blend your greens and liquid FIRST, as noted in the instructions.

I swear by THIS BLENDER though.  I use it in my kitchen daily, if not multiple times per day. Yes, there is an SNL skit (or something related) making fun of how expensive it is.  For us, the warranty made it more worth it, especially since we had burned through a couple blenders before getting it. You can also check out certified refurbished ones.

I’d love to hear from you!  Do you mix up your greens in your smoothies? What is your favorite? Leave me a comment!

 

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