RECIPE: Banana and Basil Smoothie

My husband, who receives my smoothie experiments each morning on our way out to work, actually stopped in his tracks and said “Mmmm, what’s in this one? That is delicious!”
Which surprised me because I had really just thrown in the produce that was 1 day away from rotting in out fridge! But that’s the beauty of juicing and smoothie mash-ups! Most of the time they are tasty, but sometimes they are down right delicious!
Measurements are elastic, just do what feels right–so don’t dirty a measuring cup, just dump approximate portions in to your blender!banana basil smoothie
1 cup plain greek yogurt (I prefer the regular NOT low or non-fat)
1 banana
1 celery stick (it’s not just for Blood Mary’s!)
5 large fresh basil leaves (your could probably get away with several shakes of the dried version)
1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks (non sweetened of course)
1/2 lemon squeezed
1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp or 1 “squeeze” of honey (preferably farmer’s market bought—watch Queen of the Sun and you’ll learn why)
The Greek yogurt packs in your Protein and Calcium and if you use regular (instead of non fat) you’ll stay full until lunch, or longer!
The Honey and the Banana naturally sweeten without adding refined sugar grams (plus honey has serious anti-inflammatory and healing properties) and…
The Basil, Celery and Lemon crank up the Detoxing power of this tasty, tart and tempting smoothie
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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

2 thoughts on “RECIPE: Banana and Basil Smoothie

  1. You have such positive power over me – have just purchased a Vitamix (on sale at Costco) and am having a blast doing your smoothies. I am a veteran snacker and
    these really cut out the hunger. Husband refuses greens but no longer…
    Thank you!

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