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    Melon Basil Smoothie

    Melon Basil Smoothie

     

    I love using herbs in smoothies. They add amazing flavor and healthful phytonutrients. Other than basil, you can also use mint, parsley, lemon balm, cilantro, etc.

    Using a variety of herbs and greens gives you a nice variety of vitamins and minerals and gives your body a break from the same plant alkaloids found in your typical smoothie greens.

    Alkaloids are naturally occurring chemical compounds that have a toxic or pharmacological effect on other organisms. Most plant alkaloids are safe when consumed in moderation, but can have negative effects when consumed in large quantities or for long periods of time (ex: the kale craze).

    Try some new greens in your smoothies, like basil in this smoothie recipe, and let me know what you think!

    Melon Basil Smoothie

    Serves 1

    Ingredients
    1/6 to 1/3 of a ripe cantaloupe, cut away from the peel and chopped into 1-inch pieces
    ½ cup of frozen or fresh strawberries, or other berries
    1-2 handfuls fresh basil, or other leafy green
    ½ peeled organic cucumber, chopped into 1-inch pieces
    4 drops of liquid stevia extract OR a spoonful of raw honey (optional)
    a dash of vanilla extract
    a pinch of sea salt
    Water to desired consistency (start with 3/4 cup)
    1 spoonful each of unrefined coconut oil and almond butter for creaminess
    Superfoods:
    1 teaspoon camu camu berry powder OR
    1 teaspoon of local bee pollen

    Directions
    Blend all ingredients together on high power until smooth. Add more water if needed. Enjoy!

     

    Keep taking back your health,
    Robin

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