It may be post-Labor Day, but summer hasn't stopped at the farmer's market. This week's influx of divinely juicy nectarines inspired me to grab some purple basil from my garden and blend up this refreshing (not to mention protein-rich) treat today.
Here's why it's a beauty-boosting choice: the flavonoids in basil protect your cells from age-advancing (pro-wrinkling) oxidative damage, while nectarines are filled with collagen-building vitamin C and skin-smoothing vitamin A. Hemp seeds are one of my favorite vegetarian sources of protein, healthy fats and beauty minerals, and they give this smoothie substance.
If you haven't tried the nectarine + basil pairing, you must try this one!
Nectarine & Purple Basil Smoothie
- 1 organic nectarine
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
- 1 tbsp shelled hemp seeds
- 2 small handfuls ice (optional)
Blend all ingredients, except ice, until smooth. Add ice if desired and blend until frothy.