Berry Basil Smoothie

Hi there! Hope things are going well in your neck of the woods. Today, we’re talkin’ smoothies, which is quiet refreshing, so get cozy, and you’ll walk away with a smoothie recipe, some time-saving smoothie tips, and even some smoothie banter. Yessssss.


First off, can we agree that the word, smoothie, is pretty dorky? Ah mean, it’s smooth… But, it’s also kind of adorable at the same time.

Secondly, smoothies are the ultimate healthy fast food. There ain’t no drive through faster than just makin’ a smoothie. Plus, you don’t have to go through the awkwardness of talking into that speaker, wondering how well their camera is positioned to see you, and if they notice you squinting at the board, or if they’re laughing about how loudly you’re yelling. #awkward

Alright, onto logistics.


Basil with berries?


It was time to mix things up, and thank goodness. This combo is ultimately refreshing, and adds a fun twist and chef-worthy ingredient combo upgrade to the traditional ‘Berry Smoothie.’ The basil flavor is subtle, but just enough to excite the taste-buds, and keep the frequent smoothies, fresh. Changing up your recipes helps you feel more satisfied, but little tweaks are all you need.

And, last week’s heavenly trip to Trader Joe’s left me walking away with a huge, happy basil plant, as Instagram will tell. P.S. Their new reusable grocery bag (on the right of the cart) is the best $4 investment – it’s sturdy with the perfect amount of stiffness, cute, and the perfect width for picnics. trader joe's

For my berries, I used a frozen berry medley  – raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries – but really, any berry will work. I am personally excited to try a blueberry and basil  combo next time.

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Berry Basil Smoothie
Serves: 1
  • ½-3/4 cup berries of choice (fresh or frozen) Leave some out for a topping if desired.
  • ½ cup ice
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond)
  • 3 big basil leaves
  • unsweetened coconut flakes (optional garnish for texture, and healthy fat boost)
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender, minus the optional coconut flakes. While it's getting smooth, put away the remaining smoothie ingredients. Pour in a cup or bowl, sprinkle with coconut flakes, and enjoy.



  • Designate a ‘smoothie of the week.’ This will make the overall prep faster, and by the end of the week you’ll have a sweet smoothie recipe down pat, like a lil smoothie barista. Wham bam. Smooth ; )
  • Never just watch your smoothie get smooth – go clean something.  It doesn’t need you to watch it, and it leads to you getting impatient, and ending up with a chunk or two of banana because the smoothie wasn’t quite done. Instead, put away your ingredients while your smoothie gets ultimately creamy.
  • Pour your smoothie into a jar or glass, then wash the blender immediately, and leave it out to dry. This will keep your sink clear, instead of taking up half the sink real estate, and the fastest time to clean anything that’s wet, is before it gets dry. So, save yourself some scrubbin’ and take 15 seconds to rinse and wash now. You’ll thank yourself at dish duty time.
  • Freeze your bananas whole, but unpeeled of course. I used to chop my bananas up, lie them on a tray, freeze them, then pull up all the individual pieces, and put them in a bag. Nah! Unpeel, place in the freezer, then place in a bag. It saves so much time. Just give the ‘nana a few chops before smoothie time and you’re good.

Also, don’t miss the giveaway.Today is the last day to enter (closes at midnight). Head over HERE, and rack up some points so you can win a big jar of Wild Friends Nut Butter, shipped right to your doorstep. I can’t say enough great things about it.

Questions for the Tuesday

  • Straw or spoon? Have you tried making a smoothie bowl yet? Just pour your smoothie in a bowl, add some toppings, and it’s practically dessert.
  • What fun flavor combos are your favorites for smoothies?
  • Do you feel awkward at the drive through?
  • Do you have any time-saving smoothie tips?
  • Does your smoothie eating always go by too fast, or is that just me?

Much love, Jessica Joy

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18 Responses to Berry Basil Smoothie

    • I had never tried it either, and it’s so refreshing! Oh yeah, I was going to add a sidenote that peeps already should like basil if they’re going to try it. Cheers to being basil lovers. YUM!!! : ) #fitfamlove

  1. I like the idea of putting basil in it! I am trying that next! Love love smoothies and I kind of do the flavor of the week too and then the next week it will be different based on the fresh fruit! Nice recipe!

    • Mary Beth, that’s awesome you already do a flavor of the week….it’s actually something I am just starting to implement. Luckily, smoothies are so easy to change up! And, smart idea working around the fresh fruit. Thanks, Lovely! Take care.

  2. I have never tried to freeze my bananas whole yet. I still do the chop, freeze on a tray, move to the zip lock. lol Basil sounds like a great ingredient to add to a smoothie, never tasted it that way. I do love me some basil! Thanks for sharing Jessica! Have a great day 🙂

    • Either method of freezing works, I just noticed that the whole part makes the process go faster. You could always freeze whole, then chop, then bag if you like to do batch chopping. Actually, I might start doing it that way. : ) Adding basil was new to me too, and i will def be doing it again. Have a great day too, Diane!

    • BAsil IS crazy pungent. CHad had to step back when he took a whiff of the big plant I brought home. haha. I actually started with adding just one big leaf at a time. i could barely taste the first two – I was surprised. Using 3-4 is still pretty subtle, and helps mix up the routine. : ) And, you’re the hottie hot hot. HA!

    • It was my first time trying the combo, and I love it. I saw a few fruit and basil smoothies on pinterest, and thought, hey, let’s give it a shot. WINNER! Hope you like it as much as I do. : )

    • Thank you Amanda! It’s been a big dream of mine to get The Fit Switch how I really want it, and it feels good to be in love with the space. So happy you like it. : ) I recently found out that Melyssa has stopped doing blog design. But, I would definitely recommend her blog – she gives such valuable content.

  3. A recent one was a carrot, a peach, and about a half a cup of OJ. All orange, all the time. That one was pretty good; this morning I had one that was the same only I didn’t have a fresh peach so it was canned peach chunks that I drained the syrup off of and then I added a few strawberries to make it a little firmer (bc canned peaches are squishier than fresh).

    Me and frozen bananas aren’t friends, and I’m happy with the temperature smoothies are when they’re just fruit (and vegetable) from the fridge so if I’m doing this I generally just use fresh and skip the ice and stuff, but my kids are of the opinion I am wrong about that.

  4. I’m loving Wild Friends! Sharing my recipe on Friday 🙂 Can you feel the #smoothielove this week? I started using basil this summer in smoothies and infused water. I was missing out on the goodness!

    Have a fantastic day Jess!

  5. BOTH! I start with a straw and end with a spoon, just in case there are any fruit chunks left over 🙂 Basil and berries – unique and sounds amazing. Washing the blender right away is a MUST! A crusty blender is my pet peeve because they are so annoying to clean.

    I loved Wild Friends nut butter giveaway! Their products look so tasty. A perfect addition to any smoothie!

  6. look at that basil! (inset emoji with heart eyes!!)
    i love your idea of peeling the banana first and sticking it in the freezer. i used to do what you did and chop them up first/freeze on a tray. now i just stick the entire thing in the freezer which is a nightmare to cut and peel. your idea is the perfect middle ground. thanks!!!

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