A bright lavender lemon smoothie fresh and easy to make. It is creamy and citrus-y, has turmeric, and can lower your anxiety, boost your immunity as well as help you feel full, aiding in weight-loss.
Lavender Lemon Smoothie
This lemon smoothie is powerful. Did you know that lemon and lavender together can cleanse, energize and reduce your stress? Add in turmeric, and watch your anxiety go out the window.
Great way to begin the day, I’d say! Specifically lemon juice provides vitamin C which improves your skin, supports weight loss, assists digestion, and even prevents kidney stones.
How Healthy is Lavender?
Lavender is known to lower heart rate and reduce blood pressure, essentially helping you feel calm. And the lime?
I like to add it to any citrus recipe because its sweetness tempers the lemon sour flavor. I also add a bit of turmeric to turn it yellow and provide its ability to lower anxiety.
How Healthy is Lemon?
It’s common knowledge that lemon is high in vitamin C and that is an immunity-booster for sure! But did you know also how essential vitamin C is for the function of the brain? Yep!
An NIH study explains how much vitamin C supports the brain, especially repairing it, including during healing after a concussion.
Specifically, vitamin C is essential in the body’s production of Glutathione, an antioxidant essential to helping repair the brain.
And this recipe is not just valuable nutritionally, and because it’s pretty. It is also wonderful because of its scent: A strong lemon smell, mixed with fresh lavender!
How to Make this Lemon Smoothie
This lemon smoothie is so easy to make.
Just blend up chilled yogurt, mango, peeled zucchini, lemon juice and green grapes. Add a drop of lavender extract. I have used many types of plant-based yogurts to make my smoothies, both bought and homemade. If you want to try your hand at homemade yogurts, here is my recipes for homemade cashew yogurt, and one for homemade coconut yogurt.
I added to the sweetness with a 1/4 cup of green grapes but that is optional. You should taste test to see if they are needed.
The mango turns the yogurt fairly yellow, but to intensify the yellow, add a 1/2 tsp of turmeric. The turmeric also adds immunity power. And, optionally, I added the zest of both lemons and whole culinary lavender buds to the top.
Finally, if you want to add even more zing and immunity power, toss in a 1/2 teaspoon of crushed fresh ginger. Peel a 1 inch knob of ginger; one hack is to use the edge of an upside down spoon as a peeler.
Chop the fresh ginger finely, and press it through a hand garlic press to release juices. This is the trick I teach in my famous blender Ginger Shots recipe. And if you don’t have fresh ginger, a 1/2 tsp of ground will add a bit of zing, just not as much as fresh.
Can This Smoothie Be Made Without Yogurt?
Yes, to thicken instead you can use equal amounts of tofu. If you use tofu, you might want to add sweetener such as 3-4 tbsp of freshly squeezed orange juice.
You can also add lime juice if sweet is not an issue. Lime tends to give you the illusion that something is sweeter than it is.
Can Leafy Greens Be Added to This Smoothie?
Yes, but the color will change to green or darken, but if you use a high-speed blender and toss in baby spinach or even baby kale, the flavor won’t change at all.
Lemon Smoothie FAQS
This smoothie is:
- Supports Weight-loss
- Reduces Anxiety
- Easy to Make
Here are a few more lemon recipes you might like:
Other Recipes to Try
Seven Lemon Water Recipes
Healthy Homemade Marzipan Recipe
Making Smoothies with Ice Cube Concentrates
5 Blender Wellness Shots
2-Ingredient Fruit Smoothies
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Lavender Lemon Smoothie
- 3/4 cup yogurt (I have used coconut and homemade cashew, but find other flavors of plant-based yogurt at most grocers)
- 1/2 cup mango (frozen, for sweetness and thick texture)
- 1/4 cup zucchini (peeled, uncooked, organic)
- 1/4 cup ice cubes
- 4 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp lavender extract (don't add over 3/4 tsp or it will taste bitter)
- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric (to help lower anxiety and color)
- 1/4 cup green grapes (optional, for added sweetness)
- 1/2 tsp ginger root (fresh, peeled, crushed with garlic press)
- 1/2 tsp culinary lavender buds (to sprinkle on top)
- 2 tbsp zest off organic lemons (to sprinkle on top)
- Peel the zucchini. Add it to the blender with all other ingredients except toppings.
- Blend all, serve chilled with citrus zest and lavender buds on top for a strong scent as you spoon!
- Want to make it more liquid and drinkable? Add more plant milk.
- Want to make it a meal replacement? Add in 1 tbsp chia seeds and 1/2 cup cashews, preferably soaked 1/2 hour or more for added creaminess. Or 1/2 cup rolled oats. I hope this smoothie brings a relaxing moment to your day!
Dee Dine is founder of Green Smoothie Gourmet, a plant based recipe blog, and author of the recent cookbook, Crazy Healthy with 4 Ingredients . On this blog you’ll find incredibly easy recipes with hidden veggies for anyone wanting to eat healthier, regardless of diet. Dee has graduate degrees in biology, immunology and journalism. More about Dee Dine here.