Flat Belly Blueberry Basil Smoothie

This blueberry basil smoothie is bursting with nutritious ingredients that will help to banish bloat and keep you feeling your best! Vegan and gluten-free.

It’s around this time of year when all the health and fitness mags start to publish articles with the best tips/foods/moves for flat abs.

Like many women, my stomach has always been an area that I want to work on so these stories grab my attention. Back in the day I used to buy magazine after magazine hoping to learn some new trick that I hadn’t already heard of before. Turns out, there’s rarely any new advice.

Flat Belly Blueberry Basil Smoothie in a clear mason jar with a grey straw.

Here’s what it boils down to:

There are a few lucky folks out there that have great genetics, can eat whatever they want, workout whenever they want (or never) and still have a toned tummy, but for most people (myself included) the key is to eat healthfully and workout. And doing hundreds of crunches every day isn’t going to cut it.

Yes, exercise is important but the played out saying is true — “abs are made in the kitchen.”

Your physique = 80% nutrition, 10% exercise and 10% genetics. It’s a little different for everyone but I’m a firm believer that nutrition is the biggest component and I know for a fact that eating a diet with lots of fruits and veggies, lean protein sources, smart carbs and a blend of healthy fats is what what makes me (and my stomach) feel and look great.

Flat Belly Blueberry Basil Smoothie in a clear mason jar with a grey straw.

We all know that there’s no specific food that is going to magically blast away belly fat. It all comes down to overall fat loss from eating a healthy diet and expending more energy than we take in. That said, there are quite a few healthy foods out there that are known for helping to reduce belly fat and/or banish bloat.

What I have done today is used a bunch of these filling and bloat banishing foods to make a smoothie that is not only good for you (and your belly) but also delicious. Perfect for bikini season. 🙂

Flat Belly Blueberry Basil Smoothie in a clear mason jar with a grey straw, Almond Breeze container in background.

Blueberry Basil Smoothie Ingredients

  • Blueberries — One of the most antioxidant rich foods, blueberries are also packed with fiber. Research studies have shown that blueberries may help reduce belly fat and risk factors for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome.
  • Banana — Packed with potassium and dietary fiber. The potassium helps prevent water retention by regulating sodium levels and the specific fiber in bananas helps to restore and maintain regular bowel functions.
  • Greek Yogurt — Yogurt is packed with protein to keep you feeling satisfied but it also contain active cultures, which increase the “good” bacteria in your gut, helping you digest food more efficiently.
  • Basil – Basil is a member of the mint family and can help ease gas and bloating and improve digestion.
  • Flaxseed — Loaded with omega-3’s and monounsaturated fats — known for fighting abdominal fat and keeping you full. Flaxseeds also provide high levels of fiber and can help to keep the digestive system running smoothly, helping to banish bloat, constipation and other digestive problems.
  • Almond Butter & Almond Milk — Almonds are rich in monounsaturated fats, protein and Vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant (great for your skin) and the fiber/protein combo in almonds help to keep cravings away and keep your blood sugar stable.

Flat Belly Blueberry Basil Smoothie in a clear mason jar with grey straw, Almond Breeze container in background.

I used my favorite unsweetened vanilla almond milk from Almond Breeze for the liquid in this smoothie. I like it because it gives the smoothie a creamier taste than water would and adds a bit of sweetness from the vanilla but has no sugar and only 30 calories per cup.

If you make this blueberry basil smoothie, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers who are thinking about making the recipe. 

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Flat Belly Blueberry Basil Smoothie


Description

This blueberry basil smoothie is bursting with nutritious ingredients that will help to banish bloat and keep you feeling your best! Vegan and gluten-free.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/21 cup Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup (56 leaves) fresh basil
  • 3 Tablespoons 2% plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 Tablespoon almond butter

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Start with 1/2 cup of almond milk and add more if needed to reach the desired consistency.

  • Category: Smoothies
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 221
  • Sugar: 23g
  • Fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 41g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Protein: 4g

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    44 comments
    1. Sheron Hill
      October 22, 2020 AT 7:26 am

      Can I use non fat greek yogurt instead of 2% plain yogurt?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 22, 2020 AT 12:26 pm

        Yes, definitely!

    2. Tonya Robinson
      August 22, 2020 AT 11:44 pm

      Do you drink this everyday and what time should you drink it

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 23, 2020 AT 11:39 pm

        Hey Tonya, I don’t drink this every day and you can drink it at any time during the day!

    3. Karyne Bury
      August 12, 2020 AT 8:26 pm

      I was apprehensive about the basil at first, but I made it for the 2nd time this week and I love it!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 13, 2020 AT 5:33 pm

        Ahh yay! So glad you’re a fan of this smoothie, Karyne. Thanks for giving it a chance and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it. <3

    4. Rose
      August 3, 2020 AT 4:02 pm

      How can I lower the carbs and up the protein to make this a complete breakfast? I feel that 4g of carbs is an awful lot. Also, I may cut down the blueberries to 1/2 cup.

    5. Tina
      November 12, 2019 AT 9:03 pm

      Tasted great ! But after drinking this smoothie , my husband and I suffered severe stomach pain for 3 hours afterwards . We tried the smoothie twice and same results each time. Very uncomfortable.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 13, 2019 AT 4:16 pm

        Hey Tina, I am so sorry to hear that. It must be a food sensitivity to one of the ingredients. Is there an ingredient in the smoothie that has bothered you in the past?

    6. Kerry
      August 26, 2019 AT 12:47 pm

      This is SUCH a delicious smoothie recipe! The only change I made was to add a quarter of a lemon rather than just the lemon juice. Because the blueberries and banana are so sweet, it works really well and isn’t bitter at all! So excited to make this again!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 26, 2019 AT 1:02 pm

        Hi Kerry! Thank you so much for the lovely comment and for taking the time to come back and let me know what you thought of the smoothie. I so appreciate it! I’ll have to try your trick of adding a quarter of a lemon instead of the lemon juice. Thanks for sharing!

    7. Missy Giselle
      April 6, 2019 AT 10:57 am

      Omg this smoothie is out of this world great!! I literally just made it now and am sipping on it right now. Ugh im so grateful for this recipe. It has soo many added benefits and no need for superfoods? Thank goodness but also for that I would give this smoothie more than 5 stars!!<33333 At first I was also skeptical bc i didnt know if id like basil in my smoothie but more than joyful that I stil made it anyway! Thanks Britt so much for this recipe!!<3333 🙂

    8. Missy Giselle
      April 6, 2019 AT 10:54 am

      Omg JUST literally just made this smoothie and I am drinking it currently right now! Omg!! This is over the TOP extremely delish!! I was skeptical at first because I didnt know if Id like basil in my smoothies. However, I am more than grateful I made this smoothie! Ughhh my new addiction of smoothies is this recipe loool. Delish and health benefits without need of superfoods? I give this smoothie more than 5 stars<3333!!!

    9. Roselle Jones
      May 2, 2018 AT 12:25 pm

      I made this smoothie this morning for breakfast. Absolutely delicious!! Have added it to my rotation.

    10. Laura
      November 16, 2016 AT 10:44 am

      Delicious! I was out of almond milk so I used coconut water (put in almost 2C though and it’s still very thick!). I also used 1/4 of an avocado instead of yogurt, and added a spoon of vanilla pea protein. Very tasty!!

    11. nourishbymelissa
      June 30, 2014 AT 6:57 pm

      Never would have thought to add basil so my smoothies but I actually just bought a basil plant for my kitchen so it will definitely be making an appearance in my next morning smoothie 🙂

    12. HappyForks – diet analysis tool
      June 30, 2014 AT 3:35 pm

      No doubt, nutrition is the biggest component of how we feel and how we look like, don’t you think? Amazing smoothie which looks even more amazing. It’s the bomb of vitamin C and fiber. Our bellies will be absolutely grateful!

    13. Jordan
      June 30, 2014 AT 7:58 am

      Almond milk and butter replacement? For a nut allergy what can I replace with? A

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 30, 2014 AT 9:35 am

        You could use coconut or rice milk if you’re dairy free or regular milk if you’re not dairy free. Sunflower butter would work instead of the almond butter. 🙂

    14. Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
      June 29, 2014 AT 7:41 pm

      I love the idea of adding basil. I really get in a spinach rut and forget there are other greens. Will have to pick some up today! Yes– abs are most certainly made in the kitchen. Years of overtraining finally got that through my head.

    15. Hailey Miller (@Onthesideblog)
      June 28, 2014 AT 8:21 pm

      I’ve been so addicted to Blueberry Smoothies lately! I make this one so often http://onthesideblog.com/wednesday-eats/ and a personal size blender makes it easy to whip up, throw in a mason jar and run out the door! 🙂

    16. Jen
      June 28, 2014 AT 2:38 pm

      I just made this and it was fabulous! The basil really gave this smoothie such an interesting taste! 🙂 I substituted So Delicious brand Coconut unsweetened plain yogurt for the Greek yogurt since I don’t eat dairy, and it was still smooth and creamy. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

      1. Chelsea Jaye
        June 26, 2020 AT 1:16 pm

        I just made this smoothie and it is SO GOOD! I’m excited to see if it’ll help flatten my belly

      2. Brittany Mullins
        June 28, 2014 AT 5:47 pm

        You’re so welcome. Thanks for coming back to let me know how the smoothie turned out. I’m glad you enjoyed it. So Delicious coconut yogurt is a great sub for the Greek yogurt!

    17. Linda
      June 28, 2014 AT 10:15 am

      So many carbs how can that be good?

    18. Kimberly
      June 27, 2014 AT 2:56 am

      I don’t do dairy. What can you recommend to use instead of the Greek yogurt?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 30, 2014 AT 2:44 pm

        Coconut milk yogurt would work great or you could simply skip the yogurt.

        1. Tiffany C Harrell
          May 23, 2020 AT 12:17 pm

          I was wondering if you have tried using protein powder with this? If so, would you substitute the yogurt with the protein powder?

          1. Brittany Mullins
            May 24, 2020 AT 11:11 pm

            Hey Tiffany – You could totally add a scoop of protein powder to this smoothie! You could sub it for the yogurt or keep the yogurt in, totally up to you!

    19. Wendy @ Wholistic Woman
      June 26, 2014 AT 1:45 pm

      Abs or not, I love all those ingredients and will have to give this a try! I never would have thought to add basil to my blueberry smoothies.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 26, 2014 AT 1:49 pm

        Yes, it’s a game changer. 🙂

    20. sarahkayhoffman
      June 26, 2014 AT 12:12 am

      This looks so good:)

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 26, 2014 AT 1:49 pm

        Thank you Sarah. Hope you are doing well! xoxo

    21. Ami@NaiveCookCooks
      June 25, 2014 AT 4:11 pm

      Girl, I just had a blueberry smoothie for lunch!!! I love these smoothies!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 30, 2014 AT 2:43 pm

        Aren’t they sooo good!?

    22. Anna @ ThatDAMMRunner
      June 25, 2014 AT 12:02 pm

      I never make smoothies as a snack or meal option, but wow. This sounds so delicious, I’ll be making it soon for sure!! Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 30, 2014 AT 2:42 pm

        Yay! If you do end up trying it, let me know how you like it. 🙂

    23. Kari
      June 25, 2014 AT 10:31 am

      This looks amazing, totally going to try it after my workout today! Thanks 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 26, 2014 AT 2:12 pm

        Awesome. Let me know what you thought of it. 🙂

    24. aladygoeswest
      June 25, 2014 AT 10:04 am

      Hi there! Sounds like a delicious recipe. As a personal trainer, people ask me all the time about slimming down their midsection, and while a strong core and working out is absolutely necessary, I also like to remind them that food plays a huge role. Great post.

    25. Michelle Hunt (@PeachyPalate)
      June 25, 2014 AT 9:38 am

      I’d definitely devour the whole thing! Love the idea of the basil!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 25, 2014 AT 10:24 am

        I feel ya!! The two servings option is perfect for a snack but if I were having this for breakfast I’d drink the whole thing too. 🙂

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