- Are Essential Oils Safe to add to smoothies?
- Best Essential Oils to Use in Smoothies
- Powerhouse Ingredients to add to smoothies
- Smoothie Recipes with essential oils
- Strawberry Lemon Essential Oil Smoothie
Beat the Heat with a healthy and delicious Summer Smoothie with a few drops of essential oil added in for flavor and extra benefits.
Summer is a great time to enjoy some of the best fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Smoothies are a great way to get your daily dose of nutrients. They can be enjoyed as a meal replacement or as a healthy snack. Adding in a few drops of essential oil can boost the flavor of your smoother and give you some added health benefits!
You can make them with milk, yogurt, fruit juice, or water. They can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.
This article covers a base smoothie recipe, essential oils to add to your smoothie, and other ingredients that can really add an extra boost to your summer smoothie.
Some of my favorite essential oil summer smoothie recipes that you’ll find in this article include:
- Ginger Pear
- Lemon Strawberry
- Grapefruit Strawberry
- Wild Tropical
- Creamsicle Smoothie Bowl
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Are Essential Oils Safe to add to smoothies?
Consuming essential oils is a very personal decision. Always make sure to use an essential oil that says it is safe to consume. If the bottle does not have a supplement facts label on it, avoid consuming it. Also avoid it if the bottle says “fragrance oil” as these are not true essential oil even though they may smell fantastic.
If you don’t feel comfortable consuming essential oils, then you can simply make these smoothies as is and leave the essential oils out. They will still be delicious and give you the health benefits of the fruit and veggies.
If you’re looking for some non-essential oil smoothie recipes to try, here’s a delicious Strawberry Grape smoothie that is dairy free and only uses 4 ingredients.
Best Essential Oils to Use in Smoothies
How to choose an essential oil to add to your smoothie?
I like to break out the oils into two categories: Citrus Oils and Herbs and Spices essential oils.
Citrus Essential Oils
All citrus oils are fabulous in smoothies (and even a glass of plain water). These all have the added benefit of packing in some extra anti-oxidants.
Citrus oils add great flavor while adding both internal and therapeutic benefits.
Citrus oils are great to have on hand in case you are short on fresh or frozen citrus for your blend.
One or two drops may be all your need. Taste and adjust as needed.
- Wild Orange
- Lemon (great for detoxing)
- Grapefruit (great for your metabolism)
- Green Mandarin
Herbs and Spices Essential Oils
There are many essential oils that come from herbs and spices and can also be delicious in smoothies and add some extra health benefits.
- Cinnamon Bark (fantastic for immune system)
- Turmeric great for inflammation (related article: Turmeric drink recipes)
- Ginger (great for gut health)
- Cassia (immune system)
- Clove (immune system)
- Celery Seed (gut health)
- Peppermint (digestive health, super cooling)
Powerhouse Ingredients to add to smoothies
You can make all of these smoothie recipes as is, or feel free to add in any of these extra smoothie additions to give your summer smoothies an extra flavor and nutrition boost:
- Chia Seeds
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Avocados can give real substance and add a creamy touch to what might otherwise be an unfulfilling smoothie.
- They are high in protein and potassium and a great source of fiber and healthy fat.
- Cauliflower is high in fiber and B vitamins while also being low calorie, meaning it adds healthy bulk to your smoothie to make you feel fuller for longer.
- Because it has a fairly neutral flavor, you can toss cauliflower into pretty much any smoothie recipe you like.
- Pumpkin seeds are rich in vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, B-complex compounds and phytonutrients!
- Pumpkin seeds have lots of antioxidants and antimicrobial benefits plus is packed with protein.
- Chia seeds are also packed with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. In addition to all that, it’s an easy way to get more fiber and protein into your breakfast.
- Chia seeds also expand with water, whether that’s in the smoothie or in your stomach. You will feel full for longer (hopefully until it’s time for lunch!).
- Spinach provides a generous amount of fiber, folate, calcium and vitamins A, C, and K. Plus it is full of magnesium which supports our adrenal glands (where cortisol-the stress hormone is produced).
- High in antioxidants proven to prevent oxidative damage.
- Promotes overall eye health and protects eyes from damaging UV light.
- Berries are a great source of antioxidants. In addition to protecting your cells, these plant compounds may reduce disease risk.
- Berries are a good source of fiber, loaded with tons of nutrients, have strong anti-inflammatory properties all while adding a natural sweetness with your blend.
Smoothie Recipes with essential oils
Here is the basic recipe to follow to build your own essential oil smoothie.
- Fruit vs Ice – Start with a base of around 1 cup of ice or 1 cup of frozen fruit in a high speed blender. (THIS is the blender I got recently and it’s phenomenal!) A favorite base is frozen banana or mixed berries
- Protein – next, choose your protein sources. You could add a serving of protein powder + a teaspoon of chia/flax seed + a tablespoon of nut butter.
- Sweetener – Decide if you’d like to add a sweetener. Depending on how sweet your protein powder is or what base fruit you used, you may not need to add one! If you are going to add one, I suggest an all natural sweetener such as maple syrup or honey.
- Liquid – Start with about 1/3 cup to 1/2 up of liquid, gradually add more from there. Feel free to use any liquid you like such as water, orange juice, almond milk, acai juice, etc.
- Blend – Blend it all together! The the better the blender, the smoother your smoothie will be. If things are having a hard time “smoothing”, this means you need to add more liquid.
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Ginger Pear Essential Oil Smoothie
Grapefruit Strawberry Essential Oil Smoothie
Wild Tropical Essential Oil Smoothie
Creamsicle Smoothie Bowl
Technically not a smoothie you drink, but still hits the spot on a hot summer afternoon.
Strawberry Lemon Essential Oil Smoothie
- 3/4 cup vanilla yogurt
- 1/2 cup milk of choice
- 1 cup strawberries
- 2 tsp honey
- 1-2 drops Lemon Essential oil
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse together until desired texture is achieved
- Add more liquid if needed
- Serve Immediately
Making your own summer smoothie with essential oils is simple and provides a healthy snack or even make it a meal.
You can follow the basic recipe guideline or use one of the 5 essential oil smoothie recipes I’ve shared above.
Did you try one of these recipes or make one of your own? Comment with your favorite smoothie!
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