Basil and Berries by Lisa Johnson, RD

I have favorite foods in every season. Certainly, in the summer, berries are at the top of my list. I also have a much higher intake of fresh herbs, basil being the most abundant. Actually, I have grown herbs for the last few years and really look forward to the creativity they add to my cuisine. Mind you, I am NOT a green-thumb. You can grow them too! You simply need a few pots, some good soil, sun, and water.

The benefits of berries are well known. They are low in sugar, but delightfully sweet. They are high in fiber and rich in nutrients like vitamin C and polyphenols; both powerful antioxidants and heart and brain protectors. But did you know that basil is…

* An anti-inflammatory

* A pain reducer

* A liver protector

* A fever reducer

* A blood pressure protector

* A stress reliever

Yes! Herbs are just as if not more medicinal than foods. So, I thought I would share some creative ways I have incorporated basil and berries so far this season. And, while I am at it, let me tell you that Bernie’s Berries will have their fresh blueberries in about one week. The season lasts only a few weeks, so hurry out to get yours! Their address is at the bottom of this post.

Basil Broccoli Slaw

1 cup fresh packed basil leaves

1/3 cup olive oil

2 Tbs. mayonnaise

2 Tbs. Sola Sweet or honey

1/8 tsp. salt

1-2 bags broccoli slaw

Combine dressing ingredients in a food processor or blender. Toss with broccoli slaw. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and enjoy.

Basil Tuna Salad

1 cup basil leaves

½ cup plain Greek yogurt

1/3 cup mayonnaise

1 Tbs. Sola Sweet

1/8 tsp. salt

2 12-ounce cans chunk light tuna, drained and patted dry

Combine dressing ingredients in a food processor or blender. Mix with canned tuna. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Serve with romaine hearts, tomato slices, radish slices, pepper strips, or healthy crackers.

Blueberry Lemon Sorbet

2 cups frozen blueberries

½ cup water or milk

2 Tbs. honey

1 tsp lemon zest

Juice of 2 lemons

1/8 tsp. salt

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Place berry mixture in a freezer-safe container and freeze until hard, about 1 hour. Let stand about 10 minutes before serving.

I made up these recipes. You can get creative too! Feel free to share your ideas on our Facebook page:

Fresh blueberries coming soon:

Bernies Berries and Produce

5421 Groometown Road, Greensboro, NC 27407


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