You may have noticed that I have been keeping things rather basic lately. Not a lot of fuzz. No extravagants. Only gorgeous natural food speaking its own simple language. That is how I like my summer plate (or in this case glass), because to be quite frank, who wants to be inside the kitchen when the weather is so amazing? Of course, since I love to cook, I can`t (or won`t) stay away completely, but I must admit I do prefer a quick fix these days.
Beauty lies in simplicity, and these past weeks have been all about keeping it simple. Switching off the computer. Putting on a summer dress. Skipping off my shoes and letting my feet connect with the soil of the earth. Doing yoga in perfect harmony with honey bees, spiders and ants crawling on my mat. And drinking homemade strawberry milkshake. In other words, pure bliss!
Strawberry milkshake is an oldie for sure, and I can safely state that I am not breaking barriers with this recipe, but who doesn`t like the classics, right? Pairing sweet strawberries with almond milk and a bite of banana yields a heavenly feast for your senses. The smell. The feeling in your mouth. The amazing taste. And not to forget; it looks a bit like a pink puffy cloud you could drift away on. No? Only me seeing this resemblance? Oh well, more pink clouds for me!
I wrote a bit about the health benefits of wild strawberries in this post, and garden strawberries share many of the same qualities. The juicy red berry belongs to the rose family, and considering its heart-like shape, it is no wonder the strawberry is said to be the fruit of Aphrodite. Strawberries are classified as one of the healthiest foods there is. Not only are they bursting with vitamin C, providing mind-blowingly 150% of the daily recommended value per cup, they also contain 13 % of the recommended daily value of dietary fibers, and is consequently highly beneficial for the digestive system. Also, the level of antioxidants are through the roof.
Adding to this, strawberries contain 30 % of the recommended daily value of manganese. Manganese is an essential nutrient that protects the mitochondria in our cells, and thereby helps the cell to avoid oxidative damage and cellular inflammation. What a sweet berry! There is really no reason not to dig in!
Makes about 1 liter (4 cups)
600 grams ripe strawberries
2 cups (5 dl) sweetened almond milk
Add all the ingredients to a blender and mix everything. If you choose to use store-bought almond milk, you might want to add a few dates and some vanilla powder. However, I highly recommend you to use my recipe for sweetened almond milk – it is incredible!! Once blended, pour into fancy glasses and enjoy (preferably with a straw)!