This past Mother’s Day, my Mom gifted me this basket of herbs. Over the past month it has really flourished, particularly the basil. Basil is my all-time favorite herb. I use it in sandwiches, sprinkled over pasta, and to make pesto. Basil is packed vitamins A and K, manganese, copper, and folate. In addition, it’s teeming with disease-fighting antioxidants and flavonoids. Last week I stumbled onto a green smoothie recipe that uses avocados, spinach, cucumbers and basil. I tweaked the recipe a bit and it was GLORIOUS!
This green smoothie recipe is packed with antioxidants and makes a great post workout recovery meal, especially if you add a scoop of your favorite protein powder.
• 2 cups spinach
• 1/2 cup packed fresh basil
• 1 small cucumber, chopped
• 1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
• 1 banana, peeled and roughly chopped
• 2 cups plain almond milk (or any milk you prefer)
• 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
• 1 tbsp hemp hearts
• 2 tsp honey
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. You can add more milk if you want a thinner consistency. This makes about 2 smoothies, for you and a friend. ENJOY!