Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie

May 1st, 2012 at 1:01 pm
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If I’m being honest, sometimes it’s hard to write these blog posts every week. Not because writing is hard for me or because I don’t have anything worth reading to say about the food. It’s because I’m a homebody, a lover of old fashioned come-over-for-lemonade hospitality, and because I love nothing more than to share my food in person with people who enjoy it.

When holidays roll around, I plan for weeks in advance to make sure I have everybody’s favorites on the menu. I even blast out a menu email in advance to ensure people are satisfied with what we’ll be eating. (They always are more than appreciative!) For family birthdays and celebrations like Father’s Day or Independence Day, I love spending hours in the kitchen making Dad’s favorite cookies or pie. It’s just in my nature, I guess. My mom did the same thing back in the day when I was younger, so I think she passed her spirit of hospitality down to me.

It’s a bittersweet inheritance, because here I am writing about food every week, and yet you’re sitting where you are, worlds away from me, and we can’t share the meal in person. I wish we could.

So today we’re going to play a little make-believe. If you haven’t played it since elementary school, don’t worry. It’s like riding a bike.

Let’s pretend that we’re sitting on my front porch, and let’s pretend that it looks like one of these. There’s a crab apple tree blooming a few yards out of the frame, so the air is fragrant and ripe with the scent of spring. The air is warm on our skin while the wind twirls its fingers through our hair.

We’re thirsty.

We find a heavy-laden cardboard box of freshly picked strawberries in my kitchen. (We’ll pretend the kitchen looks like this. I know, but we’re just pretending. It could be true in a pretend world.) We pull out my trusty Vitamix (no pretending here—I really have one!! and love it) and whirl up a cool and refreshing smoothie with the strawberries and a few other pantry staples.

We relish the afternoon sipping our smoothies and chatting like old friends do, riding high on the rush of untainted happiness that only spring can bring.

Okay, pretending over. We can dream, can’t we?

For now, this space will have to be our virtual front porch of sorts where we share delicious food and lazy afternoon chats. I can live with that.

But I can’t live without this smoothie. You can’t either. I know you’ve been going along living your life without it for years, but I’ll venture to say you haven’t really truly been living if you haven’t slurped down a glass of this Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie. Nothing quite compares to its fruity, tangy flavor and creamy texture.

A smoothie like this one is the ultimate refreshing snack on a warm spring or summer’s day. Leave it to the Vitamix to yield a luxuriously smooth texture. I’ve sung the praises of my Vitamix before and I’ll do it again and again. This machine is my right-hand Ma’am in the kitchen. From super-creamy smoothies to soups to dips to dressings to frostings, I use it to make loads of delicious recipes on nearly a daily basis. It is used more than any other appliance in my kitchen.

If you’ve thought about getting a Vitamix for a while but have been teetering on the fence, unsure of whether or not to take the plunge, I’m coming through your screen right now as the Smoothie Fairy and telling you in a my most angelic voice: Do it now. You won’t be sorry.

Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie

Makes 1 smoothie

Cool and refreshing, this delectable strawberry smoothie is perfect for spring. If you don’t have a high-speed blender, replace the cashews with 1 tablespoon of almond meal/flour or add a scoop of ripe avocado for creaminess.

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1/2 cup fresh strawberries, preferably organic

1 large Medjool date, pitted

2-3 ice cubes

1/2 cup unsweetened almond or rice milk

1 tablespoon raw cashews

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon (packed) finely grated lemon zest

Place all ingredients in a Vitamix or high-speed blender. Blend on high until creamy and smoothie. Enjoy immediately.

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Comments

  1. Love this smoothie!

  2. A perfect cooler for this warmer weather!

  3. Yum! I love the ingredients and might have to forgo my fruit-without-protein mantra and try this delightful smoothie. I’m happy to sip this in your dream kitchen, who needs a porch with a kitchen like that?

  4. This looks so tasty and refreshing.

  5. Looks absolutely perfect…and I needed a smoothie, this will be my snack today!! Thank you! Pinned…

  6. Maria: Thanks!

    Ricki: Yes, it is perfect!

    Maggie: Haha! I’ll still take the kitchen AND the porch. :)

    Alta: Thank you!

    Tessa: Thanks for pinning! Hope it makes a great snack for you. :)

  7. Gorgeous and I’m sure delicious! But hey on that pretending thing, you did a kitchen redesign, right? And you didn’t show too much when you shared your kitchen in the In My Gluten-Free Kitchen series over at Wendy’s. Are you going to do a big unveil here at some point? ;-)

    xo,
    Shirley

  8. brenda said on May 1, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    could i just use some splenda or truvia instead of the date? I need to watch my carbs..

  9. Shirley: Thanks! Yes, the kitchen was remodeled recently. I really need to get on it and get some decent pictures posted, but it’s just never clean enough! :) Some day…

    Brenda: A few drops of stevia would work instead of the date. I like this brand: http://www.sweetleaf.com (You could also leave out the date and it would probably be okay, maybe just a little on the tart side.) Enjoy! :)

  10. Ha! I think its fab and my daughter was running around like she just discovered the fountain of youth or something- loves it big time. The boy however says he can taste the teeny nut flavor and say NO. Boo. I will make it again for sure!

  11. Um..okay. I am not done pretending yet. I am still on that front porch after whipping up our smoothie in that amazing kitchen. Do I have to come back to reality yet? Love that smoothie recipe! i think I will have to whip it up in the morning to go along with our breakfast!

  12. I am so with you on that porch drinking that smoothie!

  13. Elaine said on May 3, 2012 at 1:32 am

    I have enjoyed reading your blog and can relate to wanting to sit on the porch with real people to enjoy your food! This smoothy was delicious this morning. My 8 year old was excited because it has her two favorite ingredients. I got the raised eyebrow after the first sip, because she could tell there was more than strawberries and lemon. She decided however, she would just drink it and not ask!

  14. Linda Alli said on May 3, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    This will go great with the Spring Salad with Strawberry/Lemon Basil Dressing I am making for dinner.

  15. Kathy: That’s funny! I’m glad at least one of them likes it. :)

    Kim & Carol: Wouldn’t it be great if we could all actually meet and have a smoothie party on the porch? :)

    Elaine: Thanks!

    Linda: Yum…that sounds fantastic. :)

  16. I just discovered your website! So happy! I love smoothies so I will definitely have to try this. I have been GF for about 3 years now. What a difference it has made in my health! Thank you so much for sharing all of these recipes :)

  17. Wow, this looks so good! The cashews are an interesting addition-is there a specific reason they’re in there?

  18. I love my vita-mix and I love lemonade! I can’t wait to enjoy this smoothie. Thanks for sharing it. I’ll tip my glass to you from across the virtual porch when I take my first sip :)

  19. Hi from New Zealand. I have a mixed fruit smoothie with soy milk every morning and I didnt think there could be one made better than mine…..except your one…..absolutely yummy…..hubby who does not like my smoothies, slurped yours down and wanted seconds. Definitely on my permanent list.

  20. Hi, Hallie~ thanks for letting me it to your lovely home, and that smoothie is just unforgettable. :)

  21. Oh, a creamy strawberry lemonade – so delicious! I just used up the last of our strawberries this morning in a smoothie – must get more.

  22. mm going to make this today!

  23. Made 4 servings of this today and everyone loved it! did not have fresh strawberries so used frozen and omitted the ice. Used 2 extra dates in total – the kids were the testers and thought it should be sweetened up a bit. The cashews had been soaking all night (coincidentally) and you couldn’t tell at all they were in the smoothie.

    Thank you for this delicious recipe!

  24. JUST made this and it was delightful. So refreshing, spot on taste, without the gross abundance of sugar this type of drink is known for. Thanks so much!

  25. This looks delicious! Hopped over from Lexie’s Kitchen…I’m a new follower…

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