Strawberries in Southern Illinois

Well, I went and bought a whole flat of strawberries at Farmer's Market this weekend, and what a beautiful sight that was! I never would have bought that many strawberries, unless were were making smoothies with them. If I had waited until the next day, they all would have been almost too soft to enjoy. That would have been a bit intense to try to consume that many strawberry...ahem...margaritas in one day! I wish I could have left a larger portion to use fresh/un-frozen, but we basically cut the green tops off of all of the berries and sat each berry, cut side down onto a foil lined baking sheet and froze them overnight. The smell was almost intoxicating, and Bobby said it was probably the ebnst thing hes ever smelled in his life! 

Strawberries

And, we were discussing this recently, but I'm so glad to be eating WAY less dairy milk and cereal these days - I used to eat cereal a couple of times a day, most days, and now I do not crave it at all. I was a cereal fiend, and one day I just stopped buying it and haven't looked back since! I am sure these smoothies have something to do with the transition to eating less processed stuff, and eating more fresh fruit. I think it's even helping keep my skin more clear (yay!), and I am sure it's helping me stay more energized and perhaps even more toned because of my body not having to process all that milk and cereal! And, it's still all to thank my lovely Ninja Blender I believe.

Strawberry Smoothies

So, my go-to smoothie recipe right now would be as follows. Serves 2-3

2-3 C. Fresh Frozen Strawberries

1/2-1 C. lowfat vanilla or banana yogurt

1/2 - 1 banana

1/4 C. Each Frozen Mango Chunks, pineapple, and peaches

Non-Dairy Milk, such as almond milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, cashew milk, or any other.

Frozen Smoothie Ingredients
Frosty Strawberries

Strawberries are so easy to freeze! Simply cut off the green part on top, and set on a foil-lined baking sheet, cut-side down. Freeze overnight and store in a jar, Ziploc bag, or other air tight container.

A gorgeous flat of local strawberries.

A gorgeous flat of local strawberries.

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Strawberry Smoothie Recipe - so delicious!