recipe: a duo of sublime smoothies

lemon balm smoothiepeach smoothie

Earlier in the week, I promised you the recipes for the two smoothies from my seven days of breakfast. And here they are! Blueberry, pear, and lemon balm (top image), and peach, strawberry and mint (bottom image).

Jazzing up regular fruit smoothies with fragrant herbs is one of my favourite ways to make breakfast just that bit more exciting, they’re also full of wonderful oils (lemon balm for instance, contains an antibacterial oil). I’d just recently harvested my mint (as it had started to flower), and to preserve the leaves for later use, I chopped them up and packed them tightly into a ice-cube tray. Then I covered them with water and placed the tray in the freezer. Once frozen, voila! You’ve got mint to use in smoothies all year round. You could definitely do the same with lemon balm, but mine isn’t ready to harvest yet so I just picked leaves from the bush. Each cube of mint, I find, is generally equivalent to two generous handfuls.

A few more notes: I add linseed, almond, and sunflower mix to my smoothies, for a bit of extra protein and good fats (you could swap this for a dollop of yoghurt or protein powder, if you like). I like my smoothies to be relatively thin, so if you’d like yours to be thicker, add less water or a handful of ice cubes. Lastly, both recipes include banana, but rest assured you can’t taste it – it’s in there to achieve a silky-smooth texture.

All those notes aside, I hope you enjoy these smoothies! I’m excited to try different combinations as the season changes into autumn and winter (in the southern hemisphere, here), and different fruits start appearing at the markets. So, stay tuned!

Blueberry, pear and lemon balm smoothie

Serves 1

  • 1 pear, cored and chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 2 large handfuls of lemon balm (~20 leaves)
  • 2 tablespoons of LSA mix
  • 1/2-1 cups filtered water
  1. Place all ingredients in blender, adding more or less water depending on how thick you’d like your smoothie to be, blend until smooth.

Peach, strawberry and mint smoothie

Serves 1

  • 1 yellow peach, stoned and chopped
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 cube of frozen mint, or 2 large handfuls (~20 leaves)
  • 2 tablespoons of LSA mix
  • 1/2-1 cups filtered water
  1. Place all ingredients in blender, adding more or less water depending on how thick you’d like your smoothie to be, blend until smooth.
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6 thoughts on “recipe: a duo of sublime smoothies

    • When it has just started to flower. That’s when the leaves are most concentrated with all those flavor some oils, so as soon as you spy flowers popping up, you know it’s time to harvest!

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