This is one of my favorite smoothies in the Spring when fresh Strawberries, Meyer’s Lemons and Rosemary are abundant. The lemon and rosemary will add a unique twist to your standard berry smoothie, which is naturally loaded with anti-oxidants. The flavor of Rosemary is subtly in the background of this concoction, yet offers immunity enhancing benefits, anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. The lemon peel is full of flavonoids and vitamin C to bolster the growth of white blood cells and also boosts the immune system. (when frozen these nutrients are more easily assimilated)
Note: Because lemon peel has such valuable nutrients, during lemon season I make my morning lemon tonic by juicing half a lemon and adding warm water and a pinch of real salt and then slice the peel of the lemon, place it in a baggie to freeze for later use in my smoothies.
1 c. Purified Water
1 c. Nut Milk unsweetened (Almond, Coconut, Macadamia, Hemp)
3/4 c. Raspberries or Strawberries
3/4 c. Blackberries or Blueberries
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (Ancient Nutrition Collagen is one of my favorites)
1/4 piece Myers Lemon (or 1 slice frozen lemon peel)
1 sprig Fresh Rosemary (about 8-10 leaves)
Optional: 1 T. Raw Hemp seeds
Note: You can use any citrus like tangerine, orange, lime, or a regular lemon wedge if you do not have Meyers lemon. (just use a smaller wedge 1/8 or less depending on the size as these flavors can be stronger)
Place all of the ingredients in a blender (Vita-mix or equivalent works best)
Whirl on high to grind up the small berry seeds, the rosemary and lemon peel.
Makes 2 servings. Stores well for a day or two.