B for Basil

BforBasil.pngBasil leaves can take a plain entree and make it taste extraordinary. Orange juice, for example, doesn’t seem same with a blend of basil leaves for breakfast. I learned this recipe from visiting a local organic food market.

Basil is greek for “king” and is a royal herb indeed. The smell of basil is therapeutic. Basil contains beta-carotene, manganese, copper, iron, and magnesium. It has an impressive list of health benefits, including antioxidants (Vitamin A) and blood clotting (Vitamin K). Another important element is its antibacterial and DNA-protecting flavonoids. The oils found in a basil leaf are highly volatile and act as an anti-inflammatory. Josiah loves the smell of basil leaves from the garden and looks forward to drinking more of this easy to make delight. To make basil orange juice, simply mix 6-8 fresh basil leaves with 2 cups organic orange juice in a blender and serve.

BasilOrangeJuice

Source Cited:
Butler, Natalie RD, LD. Basil: (2016). Health Benefits and Nutritional Information. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266425.php.
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