Lemon Smoothie Recipe

A bright start to your day— blend this lemon smoothie and give your body some essential vitamin C, fiber and natural enzymes to feel amazing.

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This vibrant and refreshing lemon smoothie is just what your body needs to stay energized and healthy. Frozen peaches, lemon and honey as well as ginger and turmeric are blended into a nutritious drink. It even tastes like a blast of citrusy sunshine. Just 5 wholesome ingredients (plus water) are needed to learn how to make a lemon smoothie, and drink to your health.

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Health Benefits of a Lemon Peach Smoothie

Lemon– This smoothie calls for a whole lemon without the rind. Lemon flesh provides fiber to help you feel full longer. Lemons also give this smoothie a dose of vitamin C, which is just what your body needs to fend off both cold and flu viruses.

Peaches– Peaches are in the stone fruit family, and stone fruit gets its name from the hard, inner seed. They are an excellent source of vitamin C to support a healthy immune system. Peaches may also prevent certain types of cancer and aid in digestion.

Honey– Honey not only adds natural sweetness to this lemon smoothie, it’s also a natural energy booster. Look for raw honey in the baking aisle of your grocery store. Unlike pasteurized honey, Raw honey does not undergo the heating process, and all of the nutrients are preserved. Raw honey has antioxidant and natural anti-bacterial properties that can help improve digestive system as well as help you stay healthy.

Ginger– Ginger contains the anti-inflammatory compound gingerol. Ginger also helps promote healthy digestion, lower blood pressure, and increased immunity. Peel the skin from the ginger with a sharp paring knife before grating the flesh.

Turmeric– Turmeric contains curcumin, a powerful anti-inflammatory compound. The medicinal effects of turmeric work at the molecular level to tame inflammation that leads to diseases like heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, and Alzheimer’s. Turmeric delivers antioxidants for boosting your immune system. If you don’t have access to fresh turmeric for your lemon smoothie, then you can swap in dried powdered turmeric. If using fresh, then use about a ½ tablespoon-sized knob. Peel the turmeric first, then grate before adding to the blender.

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How to remove the rind from a lemon

  1. Wash and dry the lemon before cutting.
  2. Lay the lemon lengthwise on the cutting board. Hold the lemon with one hand and cut the top end off the lemon, removing about ¼”- ½”. Repeat with the bottom end.
  3. Sit the lemon on one of its freshly cut flat ends on the cutting board. The lemon will now stay upright as you cut the peel from the sides.
  4. Carefully cut the rind from the lemon in strips from the top to the bottom, following the curve of the lemon. Cut as close to the lemon flesh as you possibly can, removing the white pith along with the rind. Discard the rind and cut the lemon flesh into quarters. This fleshy part of the lemon contains the fiber, and adding this to your smoothie will keep you feeling full longer.
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How to make a lemon smoothie

Combine the frozen peaches, lemon, honey, ginger and turmeric in a high-power blender. Blend until creamy and smooth. Add water for a thinner consistency.

Make this immune-boosting lemon peach smoothie part of your weekly breakfast routine. Get healthy and energized as you sip on this delicious and wholesome smoothie.

Boosting with protein

If you’re looking to turn this smoothie into a meal, then I recommending boosting it with a plant based protein powder. Protein Smoothie Boost offers 10 grams of plant based protein, along with 4 grams of healthy fat and 7 grams of fiber.

Boosting smoothies like this lemon smoothie helps keep you full longer, as well as helps the body turn the natural sugar from this smoothie into useable energy.


Perfect Lemon Smoothie

Light, refreshing, and perfect for warm weather, this lemon smoothie is a great start to summer. The sweet peaches offset the tart lemon, while the fresh ginger brings out a bit of tang. 
4.5 from 12 votes
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Prep Time: 3 minutes
Blending Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Servings: 1
Calories: 10kcal
Author: Jen Hansard


  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 1/2 inch ginger root, fresh
  • 1 cup peaches, frozen
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 serving Protein Smoothie Boost, optional


  • Blend all ingredients until smooth.
  • Pour into a tall glass and enjoy.


  • To make this smoothie vegan, replace honey with maple syrup.
  • Meyer lemons are slightly sweeter than traditional lemons, which can help if you don't love the pucker or a lemon.


Serving: 16oz | Calories: 10kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 33IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
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More lemon smoothie recipes

I love adding lemon to my smoothies so I have some more fun recipes to share with you!

If you blended a smoothie that tastes less than great, then try adding a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to it. Lemon can help brighten up that smoothie a bit, as well as bring the other flavors together.

If you find lemons a bit too tart for a smoothie, then try buying Meyer lemons. I can seriously eat these lemons by themselves, they are so sweet and juicy.

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a realistic plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Lisa says:

    Wow! I was curious if I could handle a lemon smoothie. I used almond milk instead of water, but it was way too tart for me. I ended up adding agave syrup to add some sweetness. Next time will try a Meyer lemon instead or adding a chopped date. It was very refreshing once the tartness was reduced.

  2. Kat says:

    Perfect for my giant bag of lemons from Costco! Yummy!

  3. Sarah Park says:

    This was just what I needed today! It was so refreshing!

  4. Kim says:

    Delicious & refreshing!

  5. Amanda says:

    Love how bright and refreshing this recipe is!

  6. Sheryn says:

    Wow! Delicious and so energizing. Thank you for sharing.
    But I do wonder: is there a liquid ingredient missing in the recipe? I could not get it creamy ans smooth as explained in the recipe, it was just a few chunks flying around my Vitamix. I ended up adding quite a bit of water to get a smoothie consistency.
    Do you think I could add yogurt or a nut milk to balance the tartness out a bit ?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      So glad you gave it a blend, Sheryn! You are correct – the liquid was missing, but we’ve corrected that in the recipe. Next time you blend, be sure to add 1/2 cup of water to the mix. Adding yogurt or nut milk could help to balance out the tartness, yet you have to watch for processed sugars in those items. We’d opt for a bit of maple syrup in this case. 🙂

    • Sheryn says:

      Thank you. I just made this lemon smoothie again and it is AMAZING as it is. And actually, no yogurt or nut milk necessary (I might try it some time just out of curiosity though)

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      So glad you gave it a blend, Sheryn!

  7. Dieta says:

    Love it….have to confess I felt a bit guilty about no veggies, so I added frozen cauliflower…..so tasty.

  8. Elizabeth Brown says:

    AH! I see you did suggest adding water. I had initially skipped to the recipe and skimmed the blog post.

  9. Eliza says:

    How do you make this with no liquid? I put it in my Vitamix and had to add a bit of water just to get it moving. I don’t normally add water to smoothies but I didn’t want to change the flavor profile so I did.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Totally our bad, Eliza! We missed the 1/2 cup of water that should have been listed as an ingredient in this recipe. It’s been updated now. Way to have that great rawkstar instinct to add water when needed to blend!

  10. Trish says:

    Wow! I used pineapple because I cant find frozen peaches anywhere, and I had to blend it a second time because of the seeds (you might want to mention that in the recipe); it had plenty of juice to get it smooth without adding any liquid. YUMMY! One of the comments suggested suing the rind/pith and all – isn’t the pith bitter? Anyone try it with the rind?

    • Trish Badalamenti says:

      I forgot to rate it! 🙂

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Thanks Trish!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Way to rawk it with the pineapple, Trish!! Sounds yummy! The pith is great to keep in because of the added nutrients, so we always make sure to leave it in place. We’ve not tried it with the rind itself, yet if you (or anyone else here!) gives it a blend, def let us know what you think. 🙂

  11. Laura says:

    Very tart. Very healthy. Very delicious! I added some peach juice and a small lime since my lemon was small. This has all the things I love to eat all rolled into one glass!

  12. Robert says:

    I like using lemons and enjoy them in drinks. I followed the recipe and found that it was not a smoothie but a chunked mess. I added half of a cup of water and that smoothed it. For my taste I would use half the amount of ginger and turmeric.

  13. Candice Williams says:

    This recipe has no liquid like almond milk or water or ice cubes? I never made a smoothie w/o liquid like juice, plant based milk or water

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Good catch Candice! Somehow we missed our liquid base in this recipe. It’s now been updated to include 1/2 cup of water. More liquid isn’t needed because of the natural liquid content in the lemon.

  14. Louis G Balog says:

    Ok to use the Peel also from ORGANIC LEMON, think of Lemon Zest.

  15. Barb says:

    I love that you are showing calories and nutritional info breakdown for your smoothies!

    • Jen Hansard says:

      Thanks Barb. We realized the need was there for many rawkstars so have added it. I love the nutritional breakdown part— it’s fun to see just how much Vitamin C is in this smoothie— 46%!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      So glad it’s helpful Barb!

  16. Suzanne says:

    Do you remove the lemon seeds somehow?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      I don’t— I blend them up. I’ve never even noticed them when I drink it!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Awesome question! When using a high powered blender, there isn’t a need to remove seeds as they are emulsified in the blending process. If you feel your blender might not be up to the task, you could try removing some of the seeds beforehand, but generally speaking it isn’t necessary. Happy blending!

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