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RECIPES, RECENT ENTRIES

Lemon & Lavender Smoothie

Alice Walker in her famous novel, The Color Purple, wrote, “I think it pisses off God if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.”  This line echoed in my ears as I walked through the lavender fields in Highland Springs Ranch & Inn.  But I thought to myself, “It probably pisses Him off even more when we don’t make use of  ‘every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of the earth.’ (Genesis 1:29).”  So not only did I make sure to walk through all the precious hues of purple and acknowledge God with gratitude for His magnificent creation and faithfulness in provision, but I also knew at that moment that I would also make use of what He has given and share it with others.

This recipe gives me “all the feels” of walking through the fragrant fields of lavender – joy and peace all in one cup.  The lemon is bright and citrusy and commands your attention and focus.  The lavender is gentle and calming allowing you to really be present with every sip.  Take some time to “chill-out” and rest with this lavished smoothie.

Lemon & Lavender Smoothie

Yield: 2 servings

Recipe Type: Breakfast, Snack

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup cashew yogurt, cashew, almond, or coconut
  • ½ cup frozen mango
  • ¼ cup zucchini, peeled and grated
  • ¼ cup ice cubes
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons lavender honey
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric, ground
  • ½ teaspoon ginger, ground
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • ½ cup nondairy milk, such as cashew, almond, or coconut

Toppings:

  • ¼ teaspoon culinary lavender buds
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to the blender except for toppings
  2. Blend together until smooth
  3. Serve chilled with lemon zest and lavender buds sprinkled on top


Notes & Variations:

Meal Replacement: Add your favorite vanilla protein powder or add 1 tablespoon and ½ cup pre-soaked cashews for additional creaminess and sustenance.

You can also replace the lavender honey with equal parts lavender sugar or ½ teaspoon of lavender extract.

Do not over sprinkle the lavender buds.   Too much will cause the smoothie to be bitter.

Nutrition Information:

LEMONS
Lemons have less that 1 percent sugar – even a lime has more.  It is an outstanding source of vitamin C and is high in potassium and vitamin B1 (Vitamin B1 is sometimes called an “anti-stress” vitamin because it may strengthen the immune system and improve the body’s ability to withstand stressful conditions).

LAVENDER
Lavender alleviates many ailments but today I want to highlight its use for depression, anxiety, exhaustion, irritability, and bronchial complaints.