This morning I was looking through our 14-Day Spring Reset Smoothie Guide to choose one for breakfast and I decided on the Strawberry Basil Smoothie because I hadn't had it in about a year. I just bought an organic basil plant for my kitchen last week so it was perfect timing. My husband Mike and my 18-year old daughter Natalie followed along with the first session of our 14-Day Spring Reset and have been enjoying the smoothies too so I made it for the three of us. It's got this fresh flavor to it that is kind of unexpected but not super overpowering. The key to this smoothie satisfying you all the way through lunch is to make sure to include the Friendly Fat in the recipe because it keeps your blood sugar and insulin more stable and shifts you into burning your own stored fat. The Friendly Fat is also great to for our brains, keeping us focused! This is one of the *tricks* in our Reset that women are always shocked to learn and then experience firsthand. Jill and I are never surprised but always delighted to hear women say things like, 'I can't believe I'm not hungry - it's been over 4 hours since I had my smoothie!'
The other thing that happened this morning that was equally delicious was reading through the testimonials from the 110 women who went through the first session of our 14-Day Spring Reset. It was hard to pick one, but I want to share with you what Holly told us after her experience in the Reset:
"Before I started this Reset, I was dragging myself out of bed every morning, starting my day with a sugary cup of coffee and eating whatever I could find in the fridge, then having a soda in the afternoon to get me through the afternoon slump. I was tired, frustrated, sluggish and had "brain fog." This reset helped me cut out coffee entirely, lose weight, reduce bloating and inflammation, increase my energy without extra sugar and caffeine, decrease my cravings and helped me have a better relationship with my body, mind and spirit. I feel empowered with knowledge that is helping me make better choices even after the reset. It's the best investment I've ever made in myself." Holly
As if reading that weren't enough to set me up for a great day, Holly also checked all these boxes when we asked her which of these she had experienced by the end of the 14 days:
Weight loss - 5 pounds
Improved Skin Condition
Improved relationship with food and eating
Improved relationship with your body
More joy in cooking
Less overall stressful feeling
Needless to say, between the Strawberry Basil Smoothie and reading testimonials like Holly's, it was a good Monday morning!
Strawberry Basil Smoothie
• 8-12 oz. full-fat coconut milk from a can + water (Friendly Fat - see my comments below)
• 1 Tablespoon raw honey or 2-3 drops liquid stevia (optional - make without and taste test before adding)
• 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin coconut oil, melted or MCT oil (Friendly Fat)
• 1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
• 3+ basil leaves (taste after 2 or 3 before adding more)
• 1 medium banana
• 2 Tablespoons chia seeds (Friendly Fat)
• 1 serving collagen or strawberry protein powder (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend. Best to add liquid ingredients first. I like this smoothie with 1/2 full-fat coconut milk from a can and water. A little tip I learned from Jill is to blend the whole can of coconut milk right when you open it so that you mix the fat that rises to the top with the coconut water that settles in the can. Then keep any extra that you don't use right away in a glass jar for tomorrow's smoothie.