Yields for 4 Cups
1/2 C parsley leaves and stems
7-8 largish mint leaves
2 C water
1 T ground flax seeds
1 T coconut oil
1/2 t vanilla extract, optional
2-3 C mixed berries (I used blueberries, blackberries and strawberries*, but any combo of 2 or 3 would work well!)
1 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
4-5 ice cubes (if using frozen fruit, you don’t need ice cubes)
1. Place 1/2 C water in blender with parsley and mint and blend until herbs are finely chopped and you’ve got a deliciously fragrant green juice. (You could add a bit of lemon juice here and take shots of this, too;)
2. Add banana, flax seeds, coconut oil and vanilla extract and blend until all well incorporated. Lastly, add berries, the rest of the water, lemon juice and ice, if using, and blend thoroughly.
3. Serve with a sprig of mint. Smoothies look great in small mason jars and add a bit of uniqueness when serving.
P.S. For you non-vegans, a half cup of plain yogurt is a great way to get some protein and fat into this smoothie;)