Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Blueberry Basil Smoothie

This refreshing number is one tasty little treat. Perfect for the hot summer days coming!

This may sound weird at first. But trust me, the blueberry and basil combination is just wonderful. This was one of my favorite drinks last summer and I couldn't wait for warmer weather and fresh basil to make it again!

Full of antioxidants and refreshing basil, this smoothie will tame any hot day!

Below is one of my pictures of the smoothie last year - one for Big Blue Eyes and one for moi. For the greens, I used marshmallow leaves hence the beautiful little marshmallow flower that is nestled into the lovely purple below. Using marshmallow leaves was inspired by a book I read by Sergei Boutenko called Wild Edibles: A Practical Guide to Foraging, with Easy Identification of 60 Edible Plants and 67 Recipes. I went to his talk at my local health food store (mentioned in this previous post) and was really intrigued by eating local weeds. By the way, I still have a signed book of his to raffle off! I don't know why but I've been saving it for something. How about we have a raffle this month with some fun prizes?

Blueberry Basil Smoothie
2 cups frozen blueberries
1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (vanilla is good! Or use coconut water for replenishing electrolytes)
2 large handfuls baby kale or other greens
Several sprigs of basil (the more the merrier to me)
1 cup grapes (optional)

Makes 2 servings.

For protein you can also add a large scoop of almond butter! I sometimes do this for a meal substitution and drink the whole thing.

Blend everything together and enjoy!

If you want another herbal+fruit concoction, try our chamomile cantaloupe smoothie on the blog!

I just want to pop in here Happy Birthday to my lovely sister whom I admire and adore. Hope your day is bright and full of joy!

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