Simple California Strawberry Smoothie

Refreshing California Strawberry Smoothie

Sometimes you just need something quick and easy to give you that much-needed energy boost. This Simple California Strawberry Smoothie is perfect for a lazy Sunday morning or busy weekday. It’s not complicated at all and contains simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. If you don’t have fresh strawberries, frozen work just as well. The good news is that frozen strawberries have the same nutritional value as fresh!

Enjoy!

Simple California Strawberry Smoothie
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Serves: 2 smoothies
 
Ingredients
  • 1-2 cups fresh strawberries, stems removed
  • 1 cup vanilla non-fat yogurt
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 medium banana
  • 4 Tbsp granola (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine the first four ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth.
  2. Pour into two tall glasses. Top each with about 2 Tbsp of granola (optional).
Notes
You can also use your favorite milk instead of orange juice for a creamier blend.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 smoothie Calories: 272 kcal Fat: 4 g Saturated fat: 1 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 55 g Sugar: 35 g Sodium: 59 mg Fiber: 6 g Protein: 8 g Cholesterol: 10 mg


Strawberry Horchata

Strawberry Horchata

Looking for a unique, refreshing beverage using strawberries? Try this strawberry horchata recipe from Mama Latina Tips. Not only is it yummy and satisfying, it’s an easy way to incorporate a serving of 8 strawberries into your diet.

Plus, since California strawberries are available all year long, you can make this throughout the year. Try it out!

Strawberry Horchata

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Strawberry Horchata
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Serves: 8 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp rice flour or brown rice flour
  • 1 small cinnamon stick (or about 1-1½ tsp ground cinnamon)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1¼ lbs of strawberries, plus a few extra for garnishing, washed and hulled
  • ¾ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 cups of water
Instructions
  1. Mix rice flour, cinnamon stick and almond milk in a blender or food processor until cinnamon is completely pulverized. Pour into a small pot and warm over medium-high heat until it starts to boil. Add vanilla extract, turn the heat off and set aside.
  2. In a food processor or blender, combine strawberries (remember to leave a few extra for garnishing), condensed milk and one cup of water. Mix until well integrated and as smooth as possible.
  3. Strain rice flour mixture into the water, pour the strawberry-condensed milk mixture and mix well. Adjust for sweetness.
  4. Either cut in half or chop strawberries to garnish the glasses. Chill or pour over ice and serve.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup Calories: 131 kcal Fat: 3 g Saturated fat: 2 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 24 g Sugar: 19 g Sodium: 64 mg Fiber: 2 g Protein: 3 g Cholesterol: 10 mg


Strawberry Cashew Milk

Healthy Strawberry Milk

Enjoy this guest post by Anne Mauney of Fannetastic Food:

When I was a kid, I used to LOVE strawberry milk. Thinking about it now, I kind of cringe – tons of sugar, artificial color and flavor, and who knows what else. But then I thought – why not create a healthy homemade version of our old classic favorite, this time using real strawberries? Just in time for back to school season, too!

homemade strawberry milk

Unlike the processed strawberry milk on the market, this creamy, delicious version includes real California strawberries. Strawberries have more vitamin C than an orange and are packed with essential vitamins, dietary fiber, potassium and health-promoting phytochemicals. In fact, did you know that research suggests eating just 1 cup of strawberries a day may improve heart health, lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of some cancers and support brain function? Sweet. Now that is an after school snack everyone can feel good about!

homemade strawberry milk

For a unique take on strawberry milk, this recipe is actually dairy free and made with homemade cashew milk! Have you ever tried to make cashew milk at home before? Turns out it’s quite easy – all you need are cashews, water, and a high speed blender! The first step is to soak the cashews in water overnight so they become soft and are more easily blended. The next morning, simply drain them and rinse. Then, you are ready to make cashew milk!

how to make cashew milk

Pop the softened cashews into a blender with more water (full recipe details below), and blend until smooth (usually a couple minutes). Then, add your strawberries and a little pure maple syrup to taste. If you’d like the milk sweeter, add a full tablespoon of maple syrup. For less sweet, try a half tablespoon. Up to you! Blend another couple minutes until smooth.

homemade strawberry cashew milk blender

Depending on how efficient your blender is, you may want to strain the strawberry milk before serving. This is optional!

homemade strawberry milk

Serve cold and enjoy! This creamy and slightly sweet treat will make a great healthy afternoon snack for both kids and parents. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week; just shake it before serving in case settling occurs.

homemade strawberry cashew milk

If you’re not feeling the cashew milk thing, don’t have cashews on hand, or don’t want to wait until tomorrow to make this recipe (because the cashews need overnight soaking), feel free to simply make this recipe using whole milk or any store bought alternative milk (like almond or soy milk). Just skip steps 1 and 2 of the recipe, and add about 3 cups of your choice of milk to the blender with the strawberries and pure maple syrup. The possibilities are endless!

how to make homemade cashew milk

Here’s the recipe, enjoy!

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Strawberry Cashew Milk
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Serves: 4 cups
 
This homemade strawberry milk is a healthy twist on the classic childhood favorite. It makes a great afternoon snack for both kids and adults!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 2 cups water (plus more for soaking)
  • 2 cups roughly chopped strawberries
  • ½ - 1 Tbsp maple syrup (adjust for sweetness)
Instructions
  1. Place the cashews in a large bowl and cover generously with water. Allow to soak overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse the cashews, then place in a high speed blender with the 2 cups of water. Blend for 3 - 4 minutes, until completely smooth.
  3. Add the strawberries and maple syrup to taste and blend for another 2 minutes, until completely smooth.
  4. If necessary (depends how good your blender is), strain the milk through a fine mesh strainer.
  5. Serve cold and enjoy! Seal any extra in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 1 week. Shake if separation occurs.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup Calories: 233 kcal Fat: 16 g Saturated fat: 3 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 20 g Sugar: 8 g Sodium: 7 mg Fiber: 3 g Protein: 6 g Cholesterol: 0 mg