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Using natural ingredients like blueberries, lavender, and avocado this delicious Blueberry Lavender Stress Relief Smoothie is the ultimate holistic cure for stress relief by combining ingredients that can help ease stress, panic, and anxiety. This recipe is Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo, AIP friendly, and Vegan.
Blueberry Lavender Stress Relief Smoothie
As we all know, life can be stressful!
Sometimes you just need to stop what you’re doing and take a moment for a little self-care and whip up this Blueberry Lavender Smoothie.
Sit and enjoy a few minutes of holistic stress relief thanks to a few amazing, all-natural, plant-based ingredients that will help to calm your mind, soothe your body, and relax your soul.
Holistic Measures for Stress Relief
Lavender has been traditionally and medicinally used as part of a holistic lifestyle to help ease panic and anxiety for thousands of years.
It has been reported just the thought of 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 or right before bed 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.
The Health Benefits of Wild Blueberries
This recipe calls for frozen wild blueberries due to their incredible nutrition status.
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.
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.
A Visit to the Wild Blueberry Barrons in Bar Harbor, Maine
In the Summer of 2017 I had the incredible honor of visiting the Wild Blueberry Barrons in Bar Harbor Maine on a sponsored trip with Wild Blueberries.
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.
It was a once in a lifetime experience!
While they are traditionally cultivated blueberries, I am proud to say that my husband has twelve blueberry bushes growing in The Millennial Garden!
Unfortunately, here in Upstate NY my own homegrown blueberries are only available a few months of the year. When they are not in season, we purchase frozen wild blueberries from the grocery store.
Updated Recipe Note:
My husband is a chef and he sometimes brings be home surprises, like the time he brought me two pounds of fresh lavender.
I dried it and stored it for recipes like this,
I have yet to see fresh culinary lavender for purchase in the grocery store, but I don’t think that should stop anyone from enjoying this fabulous smoothie recipe.
Below you will find a few recommendations of my favorite lavender products to enhance this recipe.
My Favorite Quality Lavender Products:
- Purchase Culinary Lavender on Amazon
- Purchase lavender tea from the grocery store and make your own Lavender Ice Cubes
- Purchase a high quality therapeutic grade Lavender Essential Oil
How to Make Lavender Infused Ice Cubes
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.
Recipe Featured in The 30-Minute Thyroid Cookbook
One of my favorite recipes from the blog, this Blueberry Lavender Smoothie made it into my first cookbook, The 30-Minute Thyroid Cookbook: 125 Healing Recipes for Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s.
The nutrient-dense ingredients help to make this smoothie a powerful healing drink for those trying to create the best hashimoto’s diet.
Stress is everywhere in our lives, but thankfully, Mother Nature has provided us with all-natural ingredients that help to naturally ease stress, panic and anxiety such as avocado, blueberries and swiss chard. Blended together, these delicious antioxidant packed fruits and vegetables make the perfect stress relief smoothie to enjoy any time of day.Page 25, The 30-Minute Thyroid Cookbook
Recipe featured on page 25 of The 30-Minute Thyroid Cookbook under Blueberry Stress-Relief Smoothie. Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Nut-Free, Seed-Free, Soy-Free, Corn-Free, Nightshade- Free
This recipe is also approved for the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol diet as detailed in my second cookbook, The Hashimoto’s AIP Cookbook: Easy Recipes for Thyroid Healing on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol.
- 1 cup frozen Wild Blueberries
- 1/2 ripe banana
- 1/2 peeled, pitted avocado
- 1 cup chopped Swiss chard
- 1 cup plant-based milk (coconut milk, hemp seed milk, sunflower seed milk)
- 1 teaspoon dried lavender
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup of ice, or lavender ice cubes as mentioned above
- Optional: 2 scoops collagen protein powder
- Put all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend on high for 60-seconds, or until smooth.
- Pour into 2 cups & enjoy!
*To keep this recipe AIP friendly, ensure you are using coconut-milk without additives for the plant-based milk option.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: smoothie
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 190 Saturated Fat: 3.5g Sodium: 160mg Carbohydrates: 25g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 12g Protein: 3g
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Welcome! I’m Emily Kyle, a nationally recognized media registered dietitian nutritionist & holistic cannabis practitioner providing holistic health care for those living with autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. To help you, I offer food sensitivity testing, cannabis education, and this blog which provides free resources including anti-inflammatory recipes, holistic health, wellness and nutrition related articles, and evidence-based cannabis education.