Roses are red, violets are blue;  there’s no chocolate in this 🙁 but here’s a little Turkish Delight Smoothie for you 🙂

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 tsp basil seeds previously soaked in boiled water for 2 mins or until swollen (you know, like chia seeds)
  • 2 tsp rose syrup
  • 2 ice cubes

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Basil Seeds?

Also known as sabja or tukmaria seeds, they contain a rich concentration of active ingredients such as dietary fibre, vitamin K, iron, protein, phytochemicals, polyphenolic compounds, orientin, vicentin and other powerful antioxidants. Hailing from the sweet basil plant, as opposed to the holy basil plant, the tear-shaped black seeds look and behave very much like chia seeds and, given the myriad of potential health benefits, are regarded as a ‘superfood’ (yes, another one!)

More of a textural thing than a taste sensation, basil seeds are thought to improve digestive health, aid in weight loss, boost the appearance of the skin (by stimulating new cell growth and fighting wrinkle inducing oxidative stress), strengthen the hair, regulate blood sugar, relieve stress, contribute toward strong bones, lower blood pressure, improve vision, reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol and prevent certain infections. Wow! Do they make the tea and do the washing too?!

On the flip side though, they do have the potential to impact on oestrogen levels, so consult with a healthcare professional if you suffer from thyroid imbalances or other hormonal issues before using them. Alternatively, you can substitute with chia seeds instead 🙂

Blend on beeyoutees!