Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Juggling Real Food and Real Life Presents............i Need a Playdate's Basil and Blueberry Green Tea Smoothie

Our next finalist is Mary Johnson from i Need a Playdate.  I recently met Mary online and was excited to find that she is also from the Cleveland, Ohio area.  She is a true professional and a whole lot of fun.  Check out her recipe and then head over to her blog i Need a Playdate to check out more.  

Now here is Mary........... 

As part of getting healthy and losing weight, I started working out first thing in the morning, right when I wake up.  It is the only time of day I will do it and let’s be honest if I don’t do it when I wake up, I never will. 



Basil and Blueberry Green Tea Smoothie

Strangely, I discovered that I am not hungry after my work out!  In fact, it’s not that I am not hungry I just can’t eat for a good hour after.  Not saying I won’t get hungry, I just can’t eat breakfast.  I tired quickly of egg white omelet “muffins” and I am not a fan of oatmeal in the summer so I broke out my blender and have had a smoothie nearly every morning for the last two months.

I had gotten in a bit of a rut with my smoothie making until I bought way too much basil at market one day.  I love basil and buying fresh basil at our farmer’s market is not only cheap but you get way more than one could possibly use.  Still, I needed the basil for a dish I was making, I love the taste, and I have Google so throwing caution to the wind I picked up the basil and went home.

I started to research the health benefits of basil.   I found that basil is great as an anti-inflammatory, an antibacterial; it’s good for the heart, indigestion, bloating, and as an appetite suppressant. From there I went to look for a recipe.  I was not sure what I wanted to make with it besides potato salad but I knew I wanted to do something more exciting than pesto

As I continued to search I found a lot of recipes for smoothies and just knew that this is where I was going to use my excess basil.  I am also on a green tea kick and have been brewing it for ice tea in nice big batches to have on hand.  Basil, green tea…  I am totally on to something but I could not find one recipe that I really liked so I by trial, error, and green tea I started blending.







Basil and Blueberry Green Tea Smoothie


Basil and Blueberry Green Tea Smoothie

  • 6-8 Basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup Spinach
  • 1/2 cup frozen chopped banana
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons plain greek yogurt
  • 1 cup green tea
  • 2 tablespoons honey
Simple, easy, and fresh!  I freeze my fruit.  I found that everybody who makes smoothies does this trick.  The fruit lasts longer but I like my smoothies really cold and I don’t like adding ice so this was a big bonus for me.  Plus, I discovered I like frozen bananas. When my bananas were ripping faster than we could eat them, I peeled and cut them before throwing them into the freezer. 

Cheers and happy blending!

iNeed a Playdate is not just a name but something Mary Johnson needs more than her kids.  She is a Northeast Ohio mom who runs an office by day, a blog by night, and a family 24/7.  Join her on her journey to be a mediocre mom while exploring the city she loves, sharing cooking success, creative writing endeavors, brand reviews and a sweepstakes from time to time.

Big thank you to Christina for having me today and to you for stopping by to check out my recipe! Please, leave a comment to vote for my recipe in this competition.

Now it's your turn...........leave your comments below and cast your vote for Mary's Basil and Blueberry Green Tea Smoothie. Are you a fruit smoothie person? Do you like to add vegetables to yours? Do eat your smoothies as a breakfast, lunch, snack or dessert?  Have you ever used basil in a smoothie?

Make sure you check back tomorrow for another great smoothie recipe!


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18 comments:

  1. This looks fantastic! I have lots of fresh basil growing in my garden, so I am definitely going to give it a try!

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    1. I was really excited to see this recipe. It is a bit different from what I usually make and it sounds delicious!

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  2. What a unique smoothie idea Mary! Thanks for sharing! I will be trying this one out!

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    1. Sure does sound delicious to me Kristen. Who knew Mary was this creative in the kitchen? I have a new admiration for her.

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  3. I love a green smoothie and Mary has really outdone herself with this recipe. Blueberries and basil?! Yum!

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    1. Mary has created a really fantastic and unique recipe. Thanks for placing your vote for her. I hope you come back to visit us again.

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  4. Thank you for the recipe. I will try this at home. I will surely like it.

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    1. Stop back and let us know what you think of Mary's recipe. Thanks so much for placing your vote for Mary.

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  5. Mmmm a blueberry, green tea smoothie sounds amazing! I would love to try this!

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    1. It is certainly amazing Cathy. Thanks so much for placing your vote for Mary. I hope you come back to visit us often.

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  6. What a great smoothie idea. I'm totally going to try this because, like Mary, I've gotten into a kind of rut with my smoothies. This would change it up a lot! I pinned it on my Drinks and Smoothies Board! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/157626055682913341/

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    1. This smoothie will certainly break you out of your rut! I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for the pin too.

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  7. This looks so healthy! Maybe this is the way I will actually like green tea.

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    1. Not a fan of green tea, huh? I would love to hear what you think of this smoothie. There are so many wonderful flavors.

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  8. Do you have a substitute for green tea? I don't do caffeine.. I have all other ingredients, though. Thoughts on something comparable to try?

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    1. If I am out of green tea I just make it with water. You really can't taste the difference :)

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  9. We'll be trying this one for sure! My daughter will love this...she drinks smoothies pretty much every day for breakfast! Pinning!

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    1. I bet your daughter enjoys this recipe. It's something a little different and yet delicious.

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