No, this is not going to taste like your favorite Nesquick strawberry syrup that you squirted into your milk after school because the chocolate Nesquick was all out. This strawberry smoothie will make you forget all those times you spent drinking the last of your milk, only to find (sob) the biggest glob of syrup at the bottom. My family buys big packs of strawberries every week, but in the next 48 hours there’s always that one strawberry who can’t control itself and starts growing mold. I don’t know why that happens with all the berries I buy, whether it be blackberries, raspberries, or blueberries-but the one berry that gets too excited and grows fungus ruins it for the rest of them, and they all get tossed in the blender. You’ve probably heard the saying “one bad apple infects the rest,” so my solution to this-abundance-of-strawberries problem was to develop another smoothie recipe, this time with berries as the base instead of mangoes. Did you know you can actually eat the peel of the mango? It actually has health benefits! So now I eat a mango like I eat an apple, but all the mango juice dribbles down the front of my clothes, so I advise you not to do that. I have to finish this post because I’m going to sit on the patio, sipping these strawberry smoothies while the neighbors watch with envy.
-1/4 cup fresh blueberries, washed
-1 cup fresh strawberries, washed
-1/2 teaspoon grated lime
-1 tablespoon fresh lemon/lime juice
-1/2 cup coconut milk (can use any milk)
-4-6 ice cubes
-2 tablespoons date syrup (or honey)
-1 banana, peeled and sliced
Mix all ingredients in a blender, until no berry or banana chunks remain. Serve cold, with a fresh strawberry inserted onto the rim of the cup.
Makes: 1 large cup