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


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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