Lemon Basil Smoothie

For all you runners out there…or anybody that works out, for that matter…

Do you ever find yourself daydreaming of what you’re going to eat after you exercise in the middle of your workout?


Some of my best ideas come at these times.


During my 10 mile run on Sunday, the lemon basil smoothie was born.

It was the perfect recovery drink — smooth, creamy, cold, and full of protein.

The basil added just a touch of interest and the lemon gave it a little twangy kick.

Lemon Basil Smoothie

1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup skim milk
juice of 1 lemon
1 Tbsp. lemon zest
1/4 cup (tightly packed) fresh basil
1 tsp. chia seeds
1 scoop vanilla whey protein
4 pieces of ice

Blend all ingredients together and serve.

What a yummy summery drink!

Brad had a little sip of my smoothie for quality assurance purposes and really liked it too.

After my very hot run (my visor was dripping sweat…yuck) this was the absolute perfect drink.

Are those bubbles in my smoothie? Or the craters from little droplets of sweat spilling off me as I stood over my smoothie for this photograph?

What do you think? 😉

14 Responses to Lemon Basil Smoothie

  1. OH. MY. LANTA. This looks AMAZING!

    I’m always afraid to combine dairy and lemons, but you’ve empowered me! 🙂

  2. Sounds so so delicious! I can’t wait to try it! Lately I have been hooked on a peanut butter banana smoothie made with chocolate almond milk…

  3. I love lemon flavors in the summer. It tastes so fresh and crisp!

  4. wow! what a great smoothie idea!! sounds delicious!!!

  5. Amie

    Sounds so refreshing! Can’t wait to try it!

  6. I have a question for you. What advice would you give to someone who wants to start running? I run on occasion just to work out, but I recently have been inspired by so many things that I am reading about running and runners (through your blog and others). So I’m wondering if you have any advice for me?

    • That’s great that you want to start running. My advice is to start off slow. Go running one day just to see how far you can go. Then each day, push yourself to run just 1/10 of a mile more or 1 minute longer. However you want to measure it is fine as long as you’re pushing yourself to run a little more each time. Another way to do it is run the same amount (mileage or time) 3 X a week, then the next week, try to increase it by 1/4 or 1/2 a mile. If you think it will help, keep a log of your running so you can see how you’re improving. Use good running shoes. They don’t have to be super expensive but make sure they’re definitely running shoes. And if you know someone who runs, ask them to join you, even if they can run a lot further. I love having a running buddy, even if it’s only for part of my run and knowing I’ll have someone to talk to on a run keeps me motivated. I hope that helps! Good luck!

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  8. Anna

    This is SOOO yummy! Thank you for sharing this treat! I too signed up for Cold Water Creek’s fall CSA and last week we got a TON of basil. This is such a refreshing drink that I never would have thought to combine. I used 1/2 cup of Vanilla Almond milk in place of the skim milk and I didn’t use any whey protein as I didn’t have any. It was wonderful! I’m so excited to try more of your recipes. They all look so great!

    • Thanks Anna! Glad to know Cold Water Creek is loved by all. 🙂

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the treat. Another good sub for whey is coconut flour (for protein) and/or a bit of vanilla extract.

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