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Recipe: Peach Basil Boost Smoothie

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This summer-perfect smoothie doubles as refreshing evening dessert. (Photo: Jennifer Kass for Well+Good)

Yes, you could wait in line for a scoop of peach gelato from Grom on a hot summer night. Or you could make this creamy, icy summer peach smoothie that’s sweet and oh-so light. (And it doesn’t come with any heavy dairy sluggishness or sugar shock.)

Peaches, which are peaking right now, are high in antioxidants like vitamin C and lycopene, making them a beauty food and an immune-system booster. So if stress from the week (or packing for vacation) is  making your skin dull and your head throb, let the free-radical-fighting fruit give you a boost.

Basil elevates both the flavor of the fruit and your mood with its anti-anxiety benefits. (FYI: Holy basil lowers cortisol or stress levels.)

And coconut milk creates a creamy, tropical swirl and lends even more calming benefits thanks to 89 mg of magnesium per cup, ideal for getting a good night’s sleep. —Jennifer Kass

Peach Basil Boost

Blend and enjoy!

1 cup sliced frozen peaches
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 lime, peeled
1/4 cup peach nectar
3 ice cubes
Garnish with fresh basil