Summa summa time! Hands down my favorite time of the year. Everyone relaxes a bit (which I def need to do), the days are longer, and there is a feeling of freedom and adventure in the air. When it’s hot outside and beach days are on the horizon, my go-to snack or meal becomes the smoothie. It’s quick, easy, and oh-so refreshing. Plus, what’s cuter than toting a little mason jar or tumbler to a beach picnic? (Nothing)
Ice cold lemonade, lemon sorbet, or even a little limoncello are all reminiscent of the sunshine days of summer. Add a little mint, and it’s like the cooling cherry on top. In the summer, I love to eat foods that help prevent bloating, keep skin looking fab, and obviously keep you cool in the heat. This smoothie does all three! Time to pull out the umbrella straws!
The way we are using lemon in this recipe might be a littttle unconventional, but hear me out. We use the whole lemon (except for the seeds). I’m talking rind, pith, everything. Why you ask? Well the external parts of the lemon are seriously full of nutrients! Once the lemon is all blended up, you won’t even be able to tell that the whole fruit was used.(No funky texture or bitter aftertaste like you might expect). When life gives you lemons, instead of making lemonade, you should make this smoothie! Let’s break down the benefits below.
Lemon: Crazy-potent source of vitamin C (even more in the peel!) which is great for quenching free radicals and promoting healthy collagen production #foutainofyouth. It contains plant nutrients like quercetin and limonene that act as antioxidants, preventing inflammation. Limonene has also been studied for its anti-cancer properties. Quercetin fights inflammation linked to many chronic diseases, from heart disease to diabetes. Citrus fruits are one of the best sources of quercetin, and most of it is found in the peel and pith. How many times have you squeezed a lemon for its juice then thrown away the peel? Wash it well, go for organic if possible, and then use the whole thang in this recipe!
Blueberries: One of the most potent food sources of antioxidants. Research shows they have anti-cancer properties. Other benefits include memory-boosting, anti-aging, and overall anti-inflammatory goodness. That gorgeous dark color holds powerful polyphenols like anthocyanins, which are great for disease prevention and beautiful skin.
Mint: Freshens breath, soothes the stomach, and promotes digestion. If you have tummy woes, mint is your friend. If you are someone who gets a “gurgly stomach” or nausea, mint is great to incorporate into your diet, and this smoothie is an easy way to do so.
If the body-loving benefits of this smoothie aren’t enough, it just tastes like an indulgent lemon bar or one of those Italian lemon shortbread cookies. So. good. I’m thinking these would make amazing popsicles to enjoy poolside…just sayin’! I would also whip this one up post-workout, and add a little tahini for some healthy fat. How rad that this doubles as post-workout fuel AND dessert?! What more could you ask for?
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup mint leaves, packed
1/2 lemon, seeds removed, skin on
2 scoops protein powder
1 cup flax milk (or other non-dairy milk of choice)
2/3 cup water
Put all ingredients into blender. Blend on high for 30 seconds. Enjoy!! Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
What’s your favorite smoothie combo? What are the foods that you love to have every year that are just the epitome of summer? For me, summer isn’t complete without watermelon, homemade gazpacho, lots of fresh guacamole, plus a little zesty lemon flair on everything. And all the “al fresco” dining of course!!