I can’t take credit for the ingenious idea of a basil berry smoothie, but I can tell you that it is something you MUST try. So light, so fresh, so delicious.
My brother and I were on our way home from Vancouver one day last March. We had gone to World of Drum and Bass the night before, where I probably lost five pounds of water weight from dancing so hard. My cells were craving hydration. I never buy fast food, but when Chad ordered his smoothie at Booster Juice, he told me I had to try this vegan basil one. I am so glad I did. And so was every single cell in my body.
Since today’s recipe is a smoothie, I feel it is a good opportunity to share my views on the protein powder/packaged smoothie supplement world. I have never believed in supplementation as an adequate form of nutrition. Obesity rates and diet-related diseases are at the highest they have ever been in history, and people are desperately searching for a “quick fix” to their health crises. Manufactured pills, powders, and drinks that claim to meet your daily nutritional needs simply boast clever marketing skills that take advantage of these vulnerable people.
When something is packaged and sold as a “health secret” or “weight-loss cure”, you must ask yourself – who is profiting from this? Behind every marketing ploy there is someone raking in the money. These products are designed to make you believe that you need them in order to be healthy. However, in many cases, the heat generated from the manufacturing and refining process of these products denatures, if not destroys, the nutrients they claim to be high in in the first place.
The Universe does not make mistakes, nor does Mother Earth. She provides us with all the nutrients we need to thrive. We just need to focus on getting as much of the unrefined, raw versions of them as possible.
This is not to say that I don’t believe in vitamins or supplements at all. Rather, I believe the priority should be to maximize what we can get off the tree and from the ground, as close as we can get it from those sources. If you are deficient in a nutrient, artificial supplementation should be the last resort. And even if you are lacking in something, it doesn’t necessarily mean you aren’t getting enough of that nutrient. Your body might have too little or too much of another nutrient, inhibiting the other’s absorption. Remember that prescription medications can also deplete nutritional stores, and never underestimate the leeching effects of stress, poor sleep habits, and drugs such as alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine.
If you can take a couple minutes out of your day to read a recipe like this that is posted for free, with the intention that you will try it, love it, and feel the health benefits from it, you will understand why you never need to buy into those marketing gimmicks. You just need to lay the foundation with a wee bit o’ education, and mix yourself up some rrrockin’ flavours. Oh, and a Vitamix helps too 😉.
This basil berry smoothie is loaded with healthy, hydrating, nourishing ingredients that every cell in your body will appreciate and use to regenerate and heal.
To thrive, we need a combination of fat, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. Once you understand where and how to get what from what, you can create your own recipes, smoothies and the like, with ease. You will feel balanced, nourished, and satisfied.
Aim for high fat content from healthy sources such as unrefined coconut oil, raw cashews, or avocados. Give a protein boost with some homemade nut milk such as almond. Avoid store-bought as much as possible. It has a less than pleasant taste from the preservatives in it and should be more accurately named “almond-infused water”, since it contains very little protein.
Get creative with your fruits and veg. Some of my favourites for smoothies are blueberries, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, pomegranate, banana, mango, coconut, kale, spinach, chard, beet greens, and cucumber. The darker the green, the higher the chlorophyll level, the more alkaline and happier the body. A bright, vivid hue usually means more nutrients. Work your way through every colour of the rainbow, and add citrus wherever possible. It hydrates, refreshes, and brightens up every other ingredient.
My last tip is one of the biggest pieces of advice I can give to anyone looking to better their health, and that is, do NOT focus on calories. Calories are just a number. You are not. You will not automatically gain five pounds by eating an avocado every morning with breakfast (provided you move your body as it asks to be moved). Our bodies recognize organic plant-based foods as fuel, and they burn that fuel adequately. It is only when we consume processed, refined, packaged “food-like items” that our bodies become confused. They do not recognize these substances as food (because they are not), so they store them as fat. Make your main focus to eat natural, organic, plant-based foods (fresh being best, frozen and dried second, and canned last), and your body will do the rest.
I want to help you develop a strong enough cooking foundation that you can start to rely on your Intuition for ideas over recipes. I will always post more because I love sharing inspiration and the creative process brings me joy. However, more than providing you with the instructions to make a meal, I want to provide you with the confidence you need to discover that the power to create the most delicious food (and life!)– already lies within you.
Now let’s get our butts in the kitchen and blend up this bodacious basil berry smoothie so we can cheers to being happy, healthy, conscious, informed Beings!!
Basil Berry Smoothie
This smoothie has got it all - fat and protein for balanced mood and energy, sweet and tart berries, and a burst of basil and citrus freshness!
- 2 cups frozen raspberries
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- ½ cup frozen cherries
- 1 avocado peeled and pitted
- ½ cup fresh basil tightly packed
- 2.5 cups homemade nut milk I use almond in this recipe
- 3 tbsp lime zest
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- Do I really need to?
Okayyy, if you insist. Throw everything into a blender, and blend that sh*t up until it’s thick n creamy, mutha f*ckaaa!
Cheers. Glug. Aaaaah. Delicious. Nutritious. Nutritious delicious!
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