Pineapple-Basil Smoothie

 , The New York Times  |  Updated: May 01, 2014 17:28 IST

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Pineapple-Basil Smoothie
I'm not sure that I would order this just based on the name. But believe me, you'll be pleased by this herbal concoction. Pineapple has so much sweetness and flavor on its own, and it marries well with the peppery, anisy basil. Very little else is required (no banana in this smoothie). I like to use kefir, but yogurt will work too. Pistachios and chia seeds bulk up the drink nicely, and the pistachios contribute to the pale green color.

Total time: About 5 minutes

1/4 cup, tightly packed, basil leaves

1/4 ripe pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into chunks (about 6 ounces)

3/4 cup plain kefir or yogurt

1 teaspoon honey

1 heaped tablespoon pistachios

1/2 teaspoon chia seeds

2 or 3 ice cubes

1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend at high speed for 1 minute, or until smooth. Serve.

Yield: 1 generous serving

Advance preparation: Best served right away

Nutritional information per serving (using low-fat kefir): 254 calories; 5 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 2 grams polyunsaturated fat; 2 grams monounsaturated fat; 4 milligrams cholesterol; 45 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams dietary fiber; 145 milligrams sodium; 11 grams protein.

Nutritional information per serving (using full-fat kefir): 273 calories; 10 grams fat; 4 grams saturated fat; 3 grams polyunsaturated fat; 3 grams monounsaturated fat; 5 milligrams cholesterol; 40 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams dietary fiber; 84 milligrams sodium; 10 grams protein.© 2014 The New York Times

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