One of my kids is a true lemon lover, he loves to squeeze them, then he dilutes the juice with some sparkling water. He loves lemon juice on his fish and he loves lemon sorbet. That is why I promised him, quite a while ago now, to make this lemon smoothie. I came across this beautiful picture on Pinterest and thought that would be perfect for him. Today was the day we were finally going to make it, it was a beautiful day in the Summer holiday, nothing else planned, perfect for some family cooking!
When I took another good look at the recipe, I got some doubts though. I had never realised it had all those spices in there, lemon zest, fresh ginger and turmeric. Suddenly I wasn’t so sure this would be very child friendly. By that time though, my son had made a start and was happily grating and squeezing his lemon, so we had to go on. The spices did intrigue me as well actually, I could still like if the kids wouldn’t…
Unfortunately we had run out of ice cubes, so we had to wait for them to freeze. Then it was lunch time, so it would have to wait until after lunch and after the washing up… Then when we finished the blending I had to take some pictures first. The kids got so impatient by that time and they were so keen to taste!
Luckily that first tasting session was a great succes. Both my lemon lover and my daughter absolutely loved it. I thought it was divine, I really did! My youngest bluntly decided he didn’t like it, but my husband really loved it as well. It is so refreshing and the taste is so different from any other smoothie I usually make. It is the zest and the vanilla that give the most taste I find, the sour taste of the lemon juice is strongly reduced by the honey.
Something I really like about it as well is that it is quite light, it is more a drink than a smoothie actually. That makes it ideal to have with breakfast (as opposed to ‘as breakfast’), as a snack or even as an apero because it is so light and refreshing.
This is how you make it:
Lemon smoothie with ginger and turmeric
|Prep:||Yield: 500 ml|
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tsp grated lemon zest
- 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
- 1/8 tsp turmeric
- 250 ml (or 1 cup) low fat yoghurt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 200 gram ice cubes
- It is best to use organic lemons if you are going to use the peel, because that is the part that contains most of the pesticides. If not, give the lemon a good wash before you start.
- Grate the peel of an entire lemon, depending on the size and the thickness of the peel, this is likely enough to get 2 tsp of grated zest.
- Now cut the lemon in halves and squeeze the juice out. Use 2 tablespoons of the juice and bring it in the blender.
- Grate some fresh ginger to get 1 teaspoon full.
- Add the grated zest and ginger, with the honey, the yoghurt and vanilla extract to the lemon juice in the blender and blend really well.
- Only add the ice cubes just before serving. Blend again really well and serve immediately.