Blueberry Basil Smoothie & it’s benefits

5 Feb

So I was in a bit of a smoothie lull and was about to eat some actual food instead of a nutritious smoothie for a snack today, then remember the heaping pile of fresh basil I purchased yesterday. So I did a little bit of research on smoothies incorporating basil and was pretty hesitant, but I’m so glad I did…

Blueberry Basil Smoothie and it's benefits

  • I cup of frozen blueberries (fresh, if you have them)
  • 1/2 cup of fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of Orange Juice (I ran out of Almond Milk or I would have used that)
  • 1 tbsp of flaxseed
  • 2tbsp of wheat germ
  • 1 banana
  • about 4 fresh basil leaves
  • add everything into your blender, and blend blend blend.

I personally love recipes for health food that remind me what the benefits are, so…

Wheat Germ: is one of the best sources of folic acid. It is packed with important B vitamins, such as folate, vitamin B1 (thiamin) and vitamin B6. B vitamins are important for the heart, to make proper mood chemicals for our brain, and are critical for cardiovascular health. It also contains a lot of fiber, which is necessary for good blood sugar balance, cholesterol control, intestinal health and detoxification. (LoGiudice, Bongiorno)

Flaxseed: Three of the biggest benefits from this tiny seed are:

  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
  • Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.
  • Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types. (Magee, Web MD)

Basil: has a ton of health benefits but it is a great source for Vitamin K, iron, calcium, vitamin A, manganese, magnesium,vitamin C, and potassium.

Blueberries: are a significant source of fiber, Vitamin C, antioxidants and manganese (which plays an important role in bone development and in converting the proteins, carbohydrates and fats from food into to energy)

The basil adds such a refreshing kick to the smoothie, it’s really hard to accurately describe, you’re just going to have to try it for yourself.

I’m drinking it as I type this ( I had to post about it right away) and I can’t stop taking sips. Next time I’ll make a double batch.

Do you have any favorite basil recipes?

References: Magee – Web MD
LoGiudice, Bongiorno – Dr. Oz)

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