Easy lunchtime salad: Kale, chickpeas, raisins, avocado lime dressing! Done and done.

At any given time during the holiday season, I can usually be found with my face in a pie. Any (vegan) pie will do. But in order to make up for my pie parties (also sometimes mashed potato parties, mac n yease parties, and post-sex Chinese food takeout parties) I try and get some clean eating in. In the summer, it’s so easy to munch a salad. The produce is fresh, and with all of the warm weather, you crave something cooling. While soup is a great clean eating option for winter-time, I try and get in a handful of raw veggie servings a day, and the best way to do that is with a salad. But how can you tempt yourself to crunch a salad when it’s 23 degrees outside? With an amazing dressing. While I will often accessorize my salads with just a squeeze of lemon in the summer, in the winter I like a heartier dressing, mostly so that I can look forward to eating my salad when I would probably rather be eating more pie.

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Hello! I am full of antioxidants. (This is not good bar banter.)

So summer is ending. Tears all around. While I am excited to get into some fall boots (mmm, boots) I am bummed to give up summer produce. As I mentioned last week with my basil reduction recipe, basil is something that gardens are often bursting with come August. So if you’re all pestoed out and looking for innovative things to do with your basil, try out this delish smoothie, which features blueberries—another seasonal summer staple. Blueberries have been said to be one of the best foods for guys suffering from ED, because they have lots of soluble fiber which pushes cholesterol through the digestive systems, clearing arteries. They also can relax your uppity blood vessels and improve circulation. All of these things can lead to boners abound. Now you see where the smoothie gets its name–because I love alliteration and the word boner.  Oh, you don’t like blueberries? Womp womp. Sub in any berry, you berry grinch.

Blueberry Basil Boner Smoothie

(The most innovative name ever.)
Serves 2

1 cup non-dairy milk. I like almond.
¼ cup orange juice
1 1/2 banana, frozen
1 cup blueberries, fresh
½ cup strawberries, frozen
6 large basil leaves
1 tsp spirulina (optional)

Step one:

Put all ingredients in blender and pulse until creamy perfection is achieved.

So tell me what you do with your basil!?

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