Blueberry Lemon Smoothie
This Blueberry Lemon Smoothie is just five ingredients and so flavorful. It’s perfect for when you have blueberries that need to be used up!
I have a ridiculously expensive blender that I hardly ever use. I saved up gift cards to purchase it years ago because I guess I thought my kitchen SHOULD have a fancy blender.
But I have a feeling that YOUR blender may not be as neglected as mine. So many of you are fans of my lemon smoothie (thank you!).
So today, I’m bringing you a twist on that favorite, with added antioxidants! Bonus: who doesn’t love drinking something as BRIGHT PURPLE as a Muppet?
The best thing about this blueberry lemon smoothie recipe:
I don’t know about you, but there are ALWAYS past-their-prime blueberries in my fridge.
I could blame it on a toddler who one day LOVES a certain type of berry and then the next day, changes her mind.
But the truth is, they’re just something I buy without a plan for the full carton.
Also, it seems like most stores around me only sell the BIG cartons these days, and I can’t get the little ones anymore.
Whatever the case, the best thing about this blueberry lemon smoothie is that it will willingly accept old, wrinkly berries.
Or berries you froze months ago (also perfect to stir into lemon pancakes and blueberry cheesecake ice cream). As long as there isn’t mold on your berries and they still smell fine, throw them in the blender!
Once they’re pulverized, nobody will suspect they were past their prime once they’re made into this smoothie.
How do you add flavor to a fruit smoothie?
You can add flavor to a fruit smoothie by adding grated fresh ginger.
Fruit smoothies should, of course, always taste fresh and fruity. But I find by the time the fruit is blended up with ice (I like ice to make a thicker smoothie), the flavor can become somewhat dilluted.
Can you make this lemon berry smoothie with ground dry ginger instead of fresh?
While the flavor won’t be quite as bright and fresh without fresh ginger, ground dry ginger can be used in place of fresh ginger in this recipe.
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger will do the trick.
The ingredients for this lemon berry smoothie are at your grocery store:
- vanilla yogurt
- fresh ginger root
How to make a lemon blueberry smoothie:
Make sure you have an entire fresh lemon on hand. If you’ve already zested your lemon to make lemon salmon pasta, you won’t have quite enough zest for this smoothie.
And unlike the berries, you don’t want to use an old, soft lemon here (the zest won’t be as flavorful and may be bitter).
So, make sure you have a fresh new lemon. Zest the entire lemon and put the zest in the blender, along with the juice of half the lemon.
Add yogurt, blueberries, grated fresh ginger and honey and blend it until it’s totally smooth. Serve right away.
Can you make this blueberry lemon smoothie without yogurt?
Since I always have at least plain yogurt in my fridge for when a savory yogurt craving strikes, I always add yogurt (either vanilla or plain) to my smoothies.
Personally, I wouldn’t recommend this smoothie without ANY yogurt.
Without the yogurt, you’re basically going to be left with a blended juice drink, not a smoothie. The yogurt is what gives the smoothie body and makes it filling.
However, it is easy to get rid of the dairy by simply using a non-dairy yogurt alternative (such as yogurt made with almond milk or soy milk) in place of the yogurt.
What can I use instead of honey?
I sometimes have agave in my cabinet in order to make agave lemonade, and it’s a great substitute for honey in this smoothie as well.
Maple syrup also works great here, and adds an interesting flavor.
Psst – Use any extra blueberries to top a frozen yogurt pie for dessert later on!
Other great smoothie recipes:
A smoothie a day keeps the breakfast boredom away, right?
- 1-1/2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1 cup vanilla yogurt
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1-1/2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
- In blender, combine all ingredients; blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 256Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 4gSugar: 48gProtein: 7g