This Recipe Redo was created by Debra K, and written for Spry Living as a featured entry.
We all need more fresh fruits and vegetables in our diets and adding in Energizers is an easy way to do this.
I love going to the farmer’s market because of all the exciting fresh picked fruit and vegetable options. The selection available always influences what type energizers I make. Since it is spring here in South Florida, the strawberries and basil were available in abundance and I couldn’t wait to try a new smoothie with those ingredients. Besides tasting good, basil has numerous health benefits. Reducing stress has been attributed to this herb as it contains phytochemicals to help lower cortisol, a stress inducing hormone. Basil also has as much iron as spinach, so is great for women heading into their monthly cycle.
If you prefer chilled smoothies, you can freeze the banana and strawberries before using them. This recipe will make two small smoothies, but feel free to double up and make for the entire family.
- 1 Handful of spinach or other mild green
- 6 Large strawberries (you can leave the tops on)
- 1 Ripe banana
- 1 tsp Flax seeds
- 4-8 fresh basil leaves
- ½ lime squeezed
- 1 tsp honey or agave syrup
- Enough chilled water or non-dairy milk to make the right consistency