July 6, 2014

Blackberry Basil Summer Smoothie-FP

If you have read any of my other smoothie recipes, then you know I like certain tastes (usually tart?), and tend to do more variations around the same theme.
Since I was pregnant, green doesn't always appeal to me in my smoothies, but I know that I still need the fruits and vegetables that are in them.  

Right now in Georgia it is blackberry season.  I also have basil of all varieties on my porch garden right now that needed pinching off and figured blackberry and basil somehow seemed to go together?  Especially the lovely, light lemon basil that is one of my favorites.
It seemed so logical to combine these flavors of the season into one smoothie?

As always feel free to alter the herbs.  Turmeric and ginger are here because they help with inflammation.  I personally try have some in foods or smoothies most every day but let your personal likes and pantry stash help to guide you.

You can choose to add protein powder for a meal replacement, but I prefer to use none or just a small amount and have as a snack or prior to a meal.  Having it before my meal helps me to not go overboard because my stomach is more full and helps with digestion.  It also mentally makes me feel like I am making good choices with my diet, and this seems to positively reinforce making continues good choices.  For me, this is staying on plan with THM, and this Fuel Pull drink
Blackberry Basil Summer Smoothie

1 cup blackberries, fresh or frozen (if they aren't frozen, add some ice)
1 lemon, quartered, seeds, flesh and all (it's good for you!)
1-2 tablespoons of FRESH lemon basil
stevia
Redmond Sea Salt
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp ginger, ground
2 cups of water
1/2 scoop of protein powder, if desired

Add all except protein powder into your blender.  I use a Blendtec, and it can handle a whole lemon.  
Blend until smooth.
Add the protein powder and pulse a few times to incorporate.
Enjoy!