Lemon Smoothie Recipes and Nutrition

LemonThe lemon is a citrus fruit that is most commonly used for its juice in cooking, baking and in drinks such as lemonade. Small amounts can also be used in green smoothies. The lemon is sour due to its natural citric acid.

Lemon juice can be used with apples, bananas and avocados as a short term preservative to prevent browning.

Lemons grow in subtropical and tropical regions, and they can be grown all year round in those climates. One of the leading producers of lemons worldwide is the US – primarily grown in California and Arizona.

Lemon Nutrition and Health Benefits

Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C, which studies suggest help boost the immune system and protects against arthritis.

Lemons are high in antioxidants and may have anti-cancer properties. Limonoids in citrus fruit have been shown to fight cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon. There is some research suggesting that limonoids may also play a role in lowering cholesterol.

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More Lemon Green Smoothie Recipes

Creamy Lemon-Banana Smoothie
1/2 lemon, peeled
1 banana
1 pear
2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
1/2 cup water
1 tsp agave nectar (optional)*

Calories: 238 | Fat: 0.7g (grams) | Protein: 4.8g | Carbs: 65g | Calcium: 13% | Vitamin A: 83% | Vitamin C: 142% | * Agave nectar adds 60 calories and 16 grams of carbohydrates.

Lemon-Mint Smoothie
1/2 lemon, peeled
1 cup honeydew melon
1 pear
1-2 tablespoons of chopped fresh mint to taste
2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
1/2 cup water

Calories: 171 | Fat: 0.6g (grams) | Protein: 3.5g | Carbs: 47.8g | Calcium: 13% | Vitamin A: 189% | Vitamin C: 220%

Strawberry-Lemonade Smoothie
½ teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 lemon, peeled
6 large strawberries
2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
1 banana
1/2 cup water

Calories: 188 | Fat: 1.1g (grams) | Protein: 5.2g | Carbs: 60g | Calcium: 14% | Vitamin A: 82% | Vitamin C: 271%

Tangy Lemon-Mango Smoothie
1/2 lemon, peeled
1 mango
½ apple
2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
1/2 cup water

Calories: 224 | Fat: 2.1g (grams) Protein: 4.6g | Carbs: 61g | Calcium: 15% | Vitamin A: 113% | Vitamin C: 238%

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How To Select Lemons

Lemons are readily available and can be purchased fresh all year. Look for lemons that are heavy for their size and store them away from sunlight.

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Tracy Russell is the creator of the Green Smoothie Weight Loss Program, the 30-Day Whole Foods Challenge and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.