Sweet basil

‘Got my productive morning off to a super start, with a bangin’ basil bevvie. Yum!

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Freshly returned from a 2-hour early morning walk with Dundas, a big green smoothie was on the breakfast menu. Weekends call for a dose of decadence, and this thick, creamy potion more than met the challenge!

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Basil-Strawberry Green Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup water

thumb-sized chunk of fresh ginger, peeled

1-2 tbsp. flax seeds

1 tbsp. spirulina powder

1 tsp chlorella powder

1 tbsp. maca powder

1-2 tbsp. raw cacao powder

1 tbsp. coconut powder (optional)

4-5 leaves/stems green chard

large handful fresh parsley

1/2 head green leaf lettuce

large handful fresh basil

8-10 large frozen strawberries

Directions

Place water, powders and greens into high-power blender; blend on high. Add frozen strawberries. Whirl until smooth. Add more water if prefer smoothie more liquid-like.

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A brief basil bit…

Earthy basil not only brings flavour to both savoury and sweet dishes, but packs a healthy wallop. Basil provides us with:

  • vitamin K – essential for blood clotting (2tbsp fresh basil leaves = 29% of daily recommended value)
  • vitamin A – contains beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from free radical damage; helps prevent cholesterol in blood from oxidizing, fighting atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke
  • other vitamins and¬†minerals – like iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, potassium
  • anti-bacterial properties – found in its volatile oils; help restrict growth of harmful bacteria

 

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