I recently woke to a flat of strawberries at my door. What a great surprise!
Well, to be completely honest, it wasn’t a surprise at all. I was expecting these strawberries, I just didn’t know there would be so many and that they would be so delicious! Of course, what else was I expecting? When you receive a flat of strawberries from the California Giant Berry Farms, you should know they’re not going to be just your everyday strawberries.
The thing is, these “surprise” berries ended up on my front door step because I won them in a give-away on the blog, Eat. Live. Travel. Write. That Mardi sure has her priorities right! First of all her blog has a great name, but second, her give-aways include flats of strawberries. Oh, Mardi, I sing your praises!
So after exclamations of joy I was immediately struck with a question. What would I do with all these strawberries? I didn’t know the answer to that on a macro level, but I knew immediately what I wanted to do with a few of those berries that day.
One of my New Year’s goals was to share more healthy recipes. It seems in 2010 I wrote about a lot of desserts. (It’s not that I have this insatiable sweet tooth. Cookies are just easier to photograph!) But with my 2011 goal in mind, I decided the first thing to be done with these strawberries was to make a smoothie.
I love smoothies. They’re a great way of getting a lot of healthy veggie/fruity nutrients in one sitting. Normally, I add a bunch of spinach to my smoothies, but on this particular day, we were out of spinach. It’s probably a good thing because it’s nice to show off that vibrant, strawberry color.
I also think it’s important to start my day with a martini glass. Yes, it’s true there’s no alcohol in this glass, but it contributes to another goal of mine for the year, to live life like a queen. Strawberry Smoothies and martini glasses. Something tells me it’s going to be a “berry” good day!
A Berry Good Smoothie
- 1 cup chopped strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 cup chopped bananas (I keep a bag of chopped frozen bananas in the freezer for this very purpose)
- 1 whole chopped fresh pear (Don’t go for a green one here, a very sweet yellow pear is perfect for this recipe)
- 5-10 raw almonds
- 2 raw Brazil nuts
- 1 – 2 cups water
- Ice cubes (optional)
Combine all the ingredients except for the water in a blender. Make sure at least one of the items is frozen. If you don’t have any of these items frozen and you’re raring to make this smoothie right away, add some ice cubes to the blender to give your smoothie that frothy look and taste. We have to have frothy, right?
Add 1/2 cup of water to the mix and pulse the blender until the big chunks start to break up. Add another 1/2 cup of water and blend the ingredients together. How is your smoothie looking? Is it a consistency you like? If it’s too thick still, add some more water and blend a little longer. Once I get the consistency I’m looking for, I’ll blend it for another 30 – 45 seconds to help the nuts blend in with everything else. Nuts are kinda kooky and don’t usually like to blend in; it’s best not to give them a choice in the matter.
Once you’re done blending, pour your smoothie into your favorite glass and enjoy!