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HOLY BASIL ELIXIR

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This is a simple and delicious blend of fresh herbs and apples that is the perfect daily afternoon smoothie for its medicinal support of weight loss. 

Serves 1

1/2 cup unfiltered apple juice

1/4 frozen banana

1/4 cup fresh holy basil leaves (available at ethnic grocers)

1 Tbs. chia seed

Combine all ingredients in a high-power blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Drink immediately.

per serving: 139 cal; 2 g pro; 3 g fat (0 g sat fat); 26 g carb; 5 g sod; 4.5 gm fiber; 18 g sugars

Daniella Chace, MSc, CN, is a Seattle-based nutritionist and the author of 20 books, including 365 Skinny Smoothies.