Antioxidants from the blackberries and anti-inflammatory nutrients from the basil all in a delicious, not too sweet, smoothie. This Blackberry Basil Smoothie is a beautiful combination of flavors!
My family has always loved ice cream. Well, I think. Sometimes I doubt my ability to have accurate childhood memories, but I do feel like we visited the ice cream store a lot. Whether it really was often or once in a blue moon, that day was special. That, I do know. I remember cruising the rows of tubs pretending like I didn’t have mint chocolate chip on my brain, but I ordered it every time. And if my dad ordered the same kind as me, well then, that was a momentous trip.
A few years ago as an adult, long enough back that I was still eating heavy amounts of dairy, my parents and I went to a custard shop in town. I veered wearily away from my trusted childhood standby and ordered a blackberry and basil custard. Oh my gosh. Where had this food flavor combination been all my life? Mint chocolate chip had be dethroned and this was my new love.
So, here is my healthy smoothie version of that dreamy custard. Because I was building this off of a sweet memory, I chose to use kefir, but you can easily substitute with full-fat plain yogurt or coconut milk.
Another reason why I love this smoothie is that it doesn’t need much for added sugar. Adding fresh herbs into a smoothie increases the taste and nutrition and makes the need for sugar so much less.
Hope you enjoy!
- Berries – When it comes to fruit, berries are the superfoods – low in sugar, high in antioxidants and vitamins.
- Coconut Milk – Many brands include xanthum or guar gum as stabilizers. I choose to avoid these stabilizers if possible. (Here’s Dr. Weil’s opinion on them and also an article by Healthy Holistic Living.) Native Forest has a product that leaves the stabilizers out, yet the product is still rich and creamy.
- Dark Leafy Greens – This recipe calls for a handful of dark leafy greens to add in. Spinach and kale are often on the “Dirty Dozen” (the crops in which the most pesticides are used), so if you can, buy organic. Also, whether you use kefir or something else, make sure it’s not low-fat or non-fat. The nutrients in leafy greens are fat soluble, meaning you need to eat them with fat in order to absorb them.
Special Diet Recipe Modifications:
- Dairy-Free, Whole30, AIP – Substitute full-fat coconut milk for the kefir.
Blackberry Basil Smoothie
- 1/2 cup kefir
- 1/2 - 2/3 cup water
- 1/2 cup frozen blackberries * see notes
- 1/4 cup basil
- 1 ` handful of greens - spinach beet greens or kale
- Optional: 1 teaspoon of honey
Place all ingredients (except honey) in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Taste and add additional kefir to thin out or a little honey for sweetness.
Recipe Notes* If you are using fresh blackberries, omit the water and add 1/2 cup of ice cubes instead. Add more kefir, yogurt, or coconut milk to thin out if necessary.
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