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 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.
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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