Stress is everywhere in our lives. Thankfully, Mother Nature has provided us with some pretty amazing all natural remedies to help ease stress, panic, and anxiety. Combined together in this tasty and delicious Wild Blueberry & Lavender smoothie, these ingredients are the ultimate holistic cure for stress relief.
Wild Blueberry & Lavender Stress Relief Smoothie
Life can be stressful!!
Sometimes you just need to stop what you’re doing and take a moment for a little self-care.
Take a moment to whip up this Wild Blueberry & Lavender Smoothie to enjoy a few minutes of stress relief from these amazing all natural, plant-based ingredients that will help to calm your mind, soothe your body, and relax your soul.
I am proud to say that I have three wild blueberry bushes growing in my garden!!
Unfortunately, here in Upstate NY my own homegrown blueberries are only available a few months of the year. If you have ever had a wild blueberry, you know that wild blueberries are more special than traditionally cultivated blueberries – their flavor is more complex and their nutritional benefits are tremendous.
Health Benefits of Blueberries
As an avid gardener, I truly believe that the closer the produce is to nature, the healthier it is!
Compared to traditionally cultivated blueberries, wild blueberries have twice the amount antioxidants per serving. Antioxidants help to minimize the amount of free radicals found in the body and can even help to prevent cancer. Wild blueberries can also play an important role in many other health conditions including diabetes prevention and management, as well as gut and brain health.
This Wild Blueberry & Lavender Smoothie is made with good-for-you ingredients that are meant to help relax and calm you, especially during busy and hectic mornings.
And don’t worry about wild blueberries being in season, you can buy wild blueberries in the frozen section of your local supermarket. These wild berries are frozen at their peak ripeness, preserving their nutritional value, leaving you with an amazingly delicious and healthful option all year long.
Holistic Measures for Stress Relief
Lavender has been traditionally used to help ease panic and anxiety for thousands of years, just the smell of lavender can evoke a sense of stress relief and relaxation. Lavender can be used fresh or dried, in oil or tea form and can be used in this smoothie in whatever way you can find it.
I personally love to enjoy a hot cup of lavender tea during times of stress to bring about a sense of calm and peace!
Together in this smoothie, lavender combined with avocado and banana proves to have some amazing stress relieving qualities. Both of these amazing fruits are high in potassium which can help to reduce and regulate blood pressure levels within the body. During times of stress, regulating blood pressure is key to remaining calm and focused.
Updated Recipe Note:
My husband is a chef and he sometimes brings be home surprises, like 2lbs of fresh lavender! 🙂 However, I have realized that fresh lavender is not always easy to come by unless you grow it yourself. I have never seen it in the grocery store, but I don’t think that should stop anyone from enjoying this fabulous smoothie recipe. SO I present to you…. (drumroll please) Lavender Ice Cubes – so you can enjoy this smoothie even if you do not have fresh lavender available.
In order to make your own lavender ice cubes, all you need to do is steep a cup of lavender tea. I like to use this Yogi Honey Lavender Tea. Then pour this tea into ice cube molds, add blueberries and fresh lavender if you have it, and freeze. Ta-da! Ready to go for this recipe.
- 1 cup of frozen blueberries
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/4 cup red swiss chard baby or stems
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped lavender
- 1 cup of coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of ice or lavender ice cubes as mentioned above
Easy-peasy, throw everything in a blender and blend until smooth!
I hope you find this Wild Blueberry & Lavender Smoothie to be as relaxing and delicious as I did, and enjoy all of the health benefits that come along with these delicious whole foods, plant-based ingredients that love your body back!
Love this recipe? Let me know in the comments section below!
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