This creamy lemon smoothie is refreshing, easy to make, and you probably have all the ingredients in your house already. Kids love it, too!
The start of spring in Michigan is very bad for my productivity. Verrrrry bad.
I mean let’s be real – I’d be a bad mom if I kept my kids inside when it is FINALLY nice out. It just wouldn’t be right. Procrastination is at its maximum. Deadlines sneak up quickly as we blow bubbles and swing in the backyard. Recipes go unmade as we take a walk around the block. Carryout gets picked on the way home from the park.
(If one of my clients is reading this — don’t worry — I never miss a deadline.)
But smoothies. Smoothies are the answer to everything. They take about 2 minutes to make. They are refreshing on a hot day. On the laziest of days, the right smoothie can even substitute for a meal. The only thing that takes a couple minutes is photographing the smoothie but then I’m right back out in the backyard sipping something delicious from a fun paper straw.
So I’m sure you can imagine what excitement I felt when Deborah Harroun‘s latest book arrived in my mailbox. Many of you probably know Deborah from her blog Taste and Tell, and perhaps also from her Red Velvet Lover’s Cookbook.
Now I’m super excited to have in my hands a copy of Best 100 Smoothies for Kids. (And I’d argue, adults too!)
It’s a gorgeous book with beautiful color photos and such innovative recipes. I can’t wait to try the Pineapple, Red Cabbage & Banana smoothie. Red Cabbage! The color is absolutely breathtaking!
There’s about 100 smoothies in this book that I want to try, but I just have to share one more with you — how fun is this Candy Corn Smoothie for Halloween? It uses banana, carrot juice, mango and pineapple. Don’t you love the layers?!
Another of Deborah’s recipes, this creamy lemon smoothie, is a hit with my kids, Ben, and my parents. It is undeniably refreshing and so simple to make. And each serving is less than 100 calories! They’d be perfect with some pancakes!
You only need five ingredients to make this super easy smoothie: fresh lemon juice, Greek yogurt, agave or honey, milk, and ice. Give it a whirl in the blender and serve. Isn’t that easy?
Craving more sip-able smoothies?
Check out my list of FIFTY smoothie recipes. Or buy Deborah’s book, of course. Here’s a few more ideas for you:
- Creamy Mango Banana Smoothie
- Raspberry Mango Coconut Water Smoothie
- Clementine Smoothie with Vanilla
- Peach, Banana, and Honey Smoothie with cottage cheese
- Chocolate Cherry Smoothie (think Black Forest)
- Tropical Smoothie Bowl
- Blueberry Apple Crisp Smoothie Bowl
- Green Juice (without a juicer) – not a smoothie, but I think you’ll like it!
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons agave syrup or honey
- 1 3/4 cups ice cubes
- Pour the milk into a blender. Add the yogurt, lemon juice, and sweetener.
- Top with ice and blend until smooth.
- If smoothie is too thin, add a little more ice. If it's too thick, add a little more milk.
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.
Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of the book to review. All opinions are my own, as always. I consider Deborah a friend which means I do want her to succeed but I’m also comfortable enough to call her out if her book was sub-par. Which it most definitely is not.