It's that time of year where everyone has green on the brain--green for Saint Patrick's Day and green for spring. Everyone has their go-to green shake, complete with sweet fruit masking the boldness of spinach or kale. Here's a different kind of green shake for you, using an herb instead to get its pretty pastel color. Basil is one of my favorite herbs, and I love pairing it with fruit and avocado, both of which make an appearance in the recipe. Sweet mango and pineapple create a yummy base, avocado adds creaminess, vegan protein powder gives you a boost, and basil adds that extra bit of intrigue that keeps you coming back for another sip. Enjoy this shake as a quick breakfast, snack, or an anytime treat! It's refreshing, nourishing, and delicious. I topped mine with hemp hearts for extra protein and fresh berries, but anything works here. I haven't tried it, but I suspect a spoonful of nut butter would be fantastic here as well.
- 1 cup almond milk
- handful fresh basil
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
- 1/4 avocado
- 1 scoop protein powder
- for serving hemp hearts
1. Blend all of the ingredients except hemp hearts until smooth and creamy. 2. Serve in your favorite glass and top with hemp hearts, berries, or any topping of your choice. Enjoy!
Also by Lauren: Gluten-Free Butternut Squash Pesto Pizza
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