My basil smoothie post on Instagram last week prompted several inquiries, so today I’m sharing a full recipe post. Since I’m now the proud owner of an organic basil plant (thanks, Ashley!), this smoothie has been on heavy rotation during the beautiful, 80 degree days we’ve been blessed with in Boston lately. The Sweet Basil Smoothie recipe from my Giada at Home cookbook inspired this recipe, but to add creaminess (and cut the added sugars), I omitted the sugary simple syrup in favor of a frozen banana. Sophisticated, yet unfussy, this 3-ingredient masterpiece is the ultimate warm weather refresher!
Basil Smoothie (inspired by Giada de Laurentiis)
- 1 ripe banana, frozen in chunks
- 3/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup fresh basil
Method: Add all ingredients to blender and blend until combined.
Nutrition per serving: 180 calories, 1g fat (0g saturated fat), 32g carbohydrates (3g fiber, 19g sugar*), 14g protein, 50mg sodium, 8% Vitamin A, 19% Vitamin C, 16% Calcium, 3% Iron
*All sugars are natural. None are the dangerous added sugars.
6 thoughts on “Basil Smoothie”
This sounds amazing! I never would have thought to put basil in a smoothie but will have to try this. Basil has such a refreshing and rejuvenating flavor. It is usually my go to herb in many dishes and sauces.
Thank you Kelly.
Thanks! It adds a whole other dimension to the flavor – and so refreshing in a smoothie!
I did try this and really enjoy the ‘fresh’ change of taste!
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When I saw this smoothie recipe from Kelly Toups, RD, LDN, I new I had to try it. The refreshing flavor of fresh basil stands on it’s own. Everyone uses mint, and I suppose you could add some to this recipe, but why? Three simple ingredients that are healthy and natural. Give this a try for a refreshing twist.
In fitness, Bob
This looks beautiful and tasty! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you! 🙂
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