Basil is a key ingredient for summer and fall recipes as it grows in abundance this time of year. Sweet savory basil provides excellent nutrition as well. Basil is an excellent source of Vitamin K, which promotes strong bones, a healthy heart, and proper brain function. The aroma of basil helps to reduce feelings of tension and anxiousness. Cucumber, lime and chia seeds provide hydration and lime and chia are also great source of electrolytes, all very important for those hot summer and fall days.

Berry Basil Smoothie

1 cup water
1 cup almond or coconut milk
5-8 Strawberries
Handful Blueberries (about ¼ cup)
5-7 Basil Leaves (use to your liking; You
can also use 2 drops of doTerra Basil Essential Oil)
¼ Cucumber
Juice of ½ Lime
½ tsp Chia Seeds
Optional: Vanilla Protein Powder

Directions: Add liquid ingredients to your blender followed by all other ingredients. Blend on high. Add ice to taste. Any berry will taste delicious with this recipe.

Recipe by Leigh Schoener
Edited by JESSICA MONTE.
This article originally appeared in the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living
Photography by Jessica Monte and Vincent Sales

August 13, 2017