Beneficial Basil Banana Smoothie

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In an effort to pass on my knowledge of why certain ingredients are particularly good for you I am providing some of the healthful benefits on the basil herb. While we don’t usually think of herbs as being an ingredient in a smoothie, we are overlooking any easy way to get these type of healthy herbs in our diet…without cooking a lengthy meal. Blending herbs in your smoothie is a quick way to ingest them and receive any curative or preventive powers they may have and basil has plenty. You can read much more here, but some of the highlights of basil include: It provides anti-inflammatory relief which stems from eugenol, a volatile oil in basil that blocks enzymes in the body that cause swelling, making basil an ideal treatment for people with arthritis.

Basil is known to have antioxidants that protect the body from premature aging and age-related problems and even types of cancer. Basil contains the flavonoids orientin and vicenin, which are plant pigments that block your cell structures from oxygen and radiation damage. Basil can help with constipation, stomach cramps and indigestion. It can also be used to give relief from the common cold, flu, asthma, bronchitis and sinus infections.

So what are you waiting for, try this smoothie and let us know what you think? Is basil a good smoothie an ingredient or should we just add more strawberries next time?

Beneficial Basil Banana Smoothie

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Blend Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 6 minutes

Yield: 12 ouces

Serving Size: 1

Calories per serving: 339

Fat per serving: .8g

Beneficial Basil Banana Smoothie

Smoothie Ingredients

  • 2 bananas
  • 10 Basil leaves (fresh is better)
  • 1 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Place all smoothie ingreidents in your blender and blend until the basil leaves are minced into tiny pieces and enjoy.
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5 Comments

  1. Reply Carla July 27, 2012

    Since I have fresh basil, I decided to try this. I only used 5 leaves though, and milk instead of water. It was OK. After tasting, I added a handful of blueberries and an ice cube. Helped a lot. Next time I’ll add yogurt.

  2. Reply Cassandra August 22, 2012

    Oh my goodness! This is delicious! I was extremely skeptical when making this because i knew it was going to be disgusting. Boy was I wrong! This is the first time i have ever used this site for smoothies and i had tons of bananas and no ideas! So, i came across this article and I am sure glad I did! I just picked some fresh basil from the backyard that I thought I would never use, followed the instructions and got a fantastic smoothie as a result! Thanks for the idea! I’m drinking one right now! Thanks again!:)

  3. Reply Remonica September 22, 2012

    The spouse and I tried this today and boy are we grateful. We are suffering from sinus infection but after drinking this smoothie we have a refreshing feeling. Great taste….

  4. Reply Agnese March 7, 2013

    The recipe sounded a bit strange, but I gave it a try. Delicious! :)

  5. Reply Ken July 9, 2016

    I have added spinach, carrots, steel cut oats to my smoothie of frozen berries, greek yogurt, cinnamon, 1/4 of juice(any kind), 1% milk and of course a scoop of protein powder. Great taste and lots of healthy ingredients- a great way to start the day.

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