Despite being freezing cold here (okay, it was about 10C here today, not exactly freezing!), I was craving a smoothie bowl. I think my body just wishes it was spring or summer again. Nevertheless, I settled my cravings with this basil & pear smoothie bowl…
Basil & pear smoothie bowl
We had our first frost this week, and I was totally not expecting it, so it got to my plants…I managed to salvage most of my frost-bitten basil, and now I’m trying to use the rest of my basil plant before the next frost hits.
Basil is best known as a culinary herb with it’s unique kind-of-sweet flavour. Apart from being really delicious, basil is also a rich source of vitamin K and contains small amounts of other vitamins and minerals.
Basil can also be used as a herbal medicine for a range of conditions:
- expel intestinal worms
- relieve stomach cramps & intestinal gas
- stimulate the appetite
- to treat insect bites and snake bites
- stimulate the production of breastmilk
- for head colds
As with any herbal medicine advice on Vie De La Vegan – this is GENERAL ADVICE only, to be used at your own risk. Please discuss with your doctor or herbalist/naturopath before taking medicinal herbs.
Speaking of herbal medicine, I attended my first on-campus workshop last week. You might already know that I am studying western herbal medicine online, but I also need to complete about 220 hours in a clinic setting. Well, I was so nervous about going on-campus, but once I got there I made so many friends who are studying herbal medicine/nutrition/naturopathy! It was such a great experience putting all this theory about herbal medicine into practice…I can definitely see why those 220 clinic placement hours are necessary.
I was talking with another herbal medicine student about our different approaches to herbal medicine, and I admitted that I am kind of disappointed with what I’ve been learning. Our classes revolve around using tinctures or liquid extracts of herbs…but I’m more interested in using WHOLE herbs (like how I’ve used basil leaves in this recipe). Tinctures/extracts definitely are useful, don’t get me wrong! But they just feel removed from the natural, fresh herb. Why would nature provide us with all these herbs with amazing properties, if we are just going to extract some properties and discard the rest? Anyway – I just wanted to voice my thoughts on the subject – now onto the smoothie bowl recipe:
- 1 cup water or plant milk
- ¼ cup cashews
- 1 large ripe pear, cored
- ¼ cup fresh basil leaves
- ½ avocado
- 1 tbs chia seeds
- Ice, as desired
- Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.
- Serve immediately.
- Optionally garnish with more chia seeds, edible flowers, fresh basil and coconut yoghurt.
I love reading your comments:
- Do you prefer herbal medicines over conventional medicines?
- Are you currently studying? Let me know what course you are taking!
- Have you tried basil in sweet dishes?