Happy early 4th of July (and a late Canada Day)! I know not all of us get a long weekend, but since most of us do, I thought it would be a good time to post this recipe I’ve been hoarding all to myself for a while.
Normally I like to enjoy an ice-cold cocktail or beer while I relax over the long holiday weekend, but since the little one hasn’t emerged yet (I suppose it does still technically have a few weeks left to marinate, technically), I have to find other , non-alcoholic ways to cool down this weekend.
This berry-herb smoothie is just what the doctor ordered for a hot summer day that’s best enjoyed on the lake or the deck. My garden has been plentiful so far this spring/summer, so I find myself with an excess of fresh herbs on a regular basis. While I enjoy cooking with herbs and drying them for later use, I wanted to find another way to incorporate them into my daily meals.
I love the idea of using herbs in sweet dishes, so why not in my daily smoothie? This blend of frozen berries, mint, oregano, and basil is the perfect balance of tang from the berries and freshness from the herbs. The nice thing about this smoothie is that any combo of herbs will work. Whatever you have growing in your own garden (or is at your local grocery store) can be combined with the berries and your favorite vanilla protein powder to make a delicious, nutrient-dense, and refreshing drink that will both cool you down and give you a boost of energy for the day!
1 cup Frozen Berries (mixed)
12 oz Unsweetened Non-Dairy Milk (I used almond)
2 tbsp Vanilla Protein Powder (I LOVE Sun Warrior)
1 cup Spinach or Kale
2 tbsp Fresh Mint, roughly chopped
1 tbsp Fresh Oregano, roughly chopped
Add all of the ingredients to your blend and blend until it’s reached your desired texture. If you don’t have a high-speed blender, you may want to blend the fruit and almond milk a bit first before you add the other ingredients to ensure that all of the fruit gets broken down.
Enjoy the smoothie and your long weekend! I’ll see you back here soon!