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If you love basil like me, this vibrant and refreshing basil, spinach and pineapple smoothie defines nutritious-and-delicious!

Basil is a wonderful aromatic herb in the mint family.  There are an estimated 50 to 150 different species of basil.  For this recipe, I used the common sweet or Italian type.  It has a floral aroma and spicy-sweet taste, with hints of pepper, anise and mint.  While many of us are used to thinking about basil as a flavouring agent, it is also a nutritional powerhouse!

Basil is a rich source of vitamins (especially K) & minerals, as well as disease-fighting, anti-aging flavonoid antioxidants.  It also contains volatile oils that have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and immune-boosting benefits.  Furthermore, studies suggest that basil is a natural detoxifier, "adaptogen", and mood-booster.  Consumption may promote liver detoxification, help the body adapt to stress, and even reduce the symptoms of anxiety, depression and PMS.

For 2 servings, blend together until smooth:

  • 2 cups unsweetened cashew milk

  • 2 handfuls fresh baby spinach

  • 2 handfuls fresh sweet basil

  • 1.5 cups frozen pineapple chunks

  • 1/4 to 1/2 ripe avocado

  • 1/4 cup plain protein powder or collagen peptides

  • pure stevia or raw honey to sweeten as desired