Smoothies are the perfect meal planning tool. Fruit and veggies, grains and nuts, they all come together in a single cup of ultimate nourishment. Do you want to lose weight? There's a shake for that. Need extra energy after the gym? Smoothies to the rescue. Today, we bring you something special: A relaxing smoothie made with edible lavender flowers.
The lavender flower has a fragrant smell and a lush purple colour. Take just a brief sniff at a lavender sachet and a sense of calm and serenity will gently take over. It's not a coincidence. Lavender is famous for its anti-anxiety properties, and it's widely used in medicines and herbal teas to calm your nerves.
What makes lavender so relaxing? When compounds from this plant enter our system, they affect a variety of essential brain circuits which play a crucial role in modulating your mood and sleep. They act as a brake on your nerves, making you feel calm and happy. In simple terms, lavender helps you chill.
To make the ultimate anti-anxiety smoothie, we looked for other healthy ingredients that also help release stress. We chose spinach, matcha green tea powder, dark chocolate, and a mix of nuts and grains, as well as banana and yogurt for extra creaminess and nutrients. We talk more about the properties of these ingredients in the FAQ below.
You may think matcha is not soothing, as it contains caffeine. We wrote an in-depth article comparing the different effects coffee and matcha have on our bodies. In short, matcha contains the compound L-theanine which coffee lacks. This chemical counteracts the stressing effect of caffeine, keeping you energized but calm and focused at the same time.
Good for your mind, this smoothie is also good for your body as it provides 2 of your 5-a-day of fruit and vegetables, proteins, fibres, and low GI carbs. It makes a balanced and nutritious drink, perfect for a healthy breakfast or afternoon snack.
So how do you feel about bringing the scent and taste of spring wherever you go? Let's make this beautiful lavender smoothie together!