I’ve been experimenting with using herbs in my green smoothies lately. One of my favorites is fresh basil!
The fresh basil really adds a nice flavor to this smoothie that complements the strawberries and bananas. For me, five leaves of fresh basil is just right. Your tastes might vary so if this is your first time making this recipe, or using basil, start with three leaves and add more if you like.
I recommending using fresh, organic basil only. Do not used dried basil. An alternative spice to use is fresh mint if you do not have basil on hand.
I used frozen bananas to give this smoothie more of a creamy, frozen texture. You can use fresh bananas as well. If you do not have a high-powered blender, I recommend using non-frozen or slightly thawed bananas cut into pieces.
This green smoothie recipe is an excellent source of vitamin A (as beta-carotene), vitamin C, calcium and iron (5.5 milligrams).
I used hazelnut milk for this recipes, however, you can use almond milk if you do not have access to hazelnuts.
Strawberry-Basil Green Smoothie Recipe
- 2 cups whole strawberries
- 2 frozen bananas, peeled and sliced
- Juice from 1/2 lime
- 5 fresh basil leaves
- 4 cups fresh baby spinach
- 8 ounces of homemade hazelnut milk
If using frozen bananas, cut into pieces before adding to your blender. Start by adding the liquid to your blender (I use a Vitamix), followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Fiber: 13.8 g
Calcium: 18% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
Vitamin A: 517% RDA
Vitamin C: 304% RDA
This smoothie is also a rich source of folate, vitamins B1 – B6, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
Serving Size: One. (This recipe makes a large, 32-ounce smoothie. It is a meal-replacement smoothie and not a snack. I recommend drinking half right away and the other half about 30 minutes later. If it is too much for you, store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.)
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Tracy Russell is the creator of the Green Smoothie Weight Loss Program, the 30-Day Whole Foods Challenge and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.