Strawberries! Going, going, get them before they are gone!

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Nothing quite so lovely as enjoying strawberries all summer long, but as summer heats up, they start to look a little sad and taste a little cardboard like. Enjoy them at the peak of their season!

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Gather & Blend:

1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries

1 banana

1/2 cup yogurt

1 cup milk or almond milk

dash cinnamon, drizzle honey, 1 tsp flaxseed

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Gather & Blend:

small handful cherries

6 large strawberries

1 black plum

1 banana

1/2 cup yogurt

1 cup milk or almond milk

1 tsp flaxseed, dash cinnamon, drizzle of honey

Make your favorite blueberry muffin recipe, but this time toss in all the berries for a colorful and tasty change!

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What’s your favorite way to enjoy these beloved berries?

I may have a smoothie problem

The After the Gym Mango Strawberry Banana Yogurt Protein Smoothiebecause 3-year-olds say the full name of everything
Gather & blend:

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If I would have had greens, I would have dumped a handful of those in too. Watch the serving size. Especially with the fruit or you may be gulping way more calories than you think.
1/2 cup lowfat vanilla yogurt
1 ripe banana
1/2 ripe mango
6 large strawberries
1/2 Tablespoon whole flaxseeds
12 ounces of water ( if I had coconut water I would have used that)
Scoop of ice cubes
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
protein powder to package directions ( I use an unflavored, unsweetened egg white powder)
Honey to taste if you need to sweeten the deal

The entire blender has at least 292 calories, just from the fruit and flax, so portion it out! At my house, it makes 4 smoothies.

Other smoothies I’ve featured:

the Hulk smoothie

Refrigerator Smoothies

Pick Me Up

Watermelon Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Smoothie & Summerfruit Smoothie

 

Easy Peasey Breakfasts or Snacks

I think some times people make stuff way too hard. I know I’m guilty! For example, eating well can be as easy as cleaning out the fridge or rummaging through your pantry.

Refrigerator Smoothies
Blend 1-1 1/2 cups milk (I was going to use coconut water but I couldn’t remember how long it kept after being opened so I applied the when in doubt rule)…1 banana, juice of 1/2 lime, juice of 1 orange, 2c strawberries, 1 ripe mango…pretty much all the really ripe fruit in the fridge. Ya know what, it turned out pretty great and the freezer is stocked with 6 new smoothies to grab & go.

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Blueberry & Peach Oatmeal
In a small ovenproof baker, toss some thawed frozen peaches & blueberries, sprinkle with cinnamon (& brown sugar if you wish) and roast for approximately 20 min. Prepared your oats however you normally do, but when you serve them up, spoon some of the yummy roasted fruit over them. Add staying power but tossing some roasted nuts on top!

Here are a couple of recipes I came across on others’ blogs and I’m so glad I tried them! They are both so easy & delicious!

Fresh Cranberry Scones The the sweet citrus glaze on these scones balances out the tart cranberries to create a refreshing treat.

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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins
These mini muffins from Serious Eats were so loved by my kids that when I lost my bookmark, I just spent half an hour tracking down the link. We liked them better the second day. I reheated them in the oven so they had a nice little golden crust. They kept for several days in an airtight container in the fridge.

Pick Me Up, Mr. Smoothie

We have headed back to school, summer has officially left, new has worn off the weekly routine, and here comes the cold. Literally, the common cold, full of sneezy sniffles, aches, and unrestful nights. Busy moms, students, and those of us who don’t have time to feel bad need a little extra help making it until Friday. Enter Mr. Pick Me Up Off the Couch, Make Me Get a Shower, and Press On – a tall, dark purple smoothie, handsomely stacked with Vitamins A, C & B6. This not-too-sweet smoothie is loaded with nutrients to give your system a boost! This recipe makes enough to share with your own tall drink of water</em>.

1 mango
1 large handful greens (I use spinach)
1 c frozen mixed berries
1 medium frozen banana
1 T ground flaxseed
1/2 t ground cinnamon
1 c vanilla yogurt

Watermelon Smoothie!

Watermelon Smoothie

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So I’m a sucker for a watermelon on sale. We love them! I always know we can make one disappear in no time. Then, days pass and I have one very ripe half of a watermelon. Oops.
This refreshing smoothie is a great way to work some mommy magic and make a melon vanish.

2-3 cups ripe watermelon
1/2c frozen unsweetened peaches
1/2c frozen unsweetened strawberries
1-2T ground flax
1/2 t ground cinnamon
1T local honey

Why all the extra stuff you ask?
The 2T serving of flaxseed packs Omega-3 fatty acids, 4g fiber, 3g protein, iron, and trace amounts of B vitamins. Adding Omega-3 fats to your diet can help lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease. Plus, the one serving is all you need to meet your recommended daily dose of Omega-3. Local honey is said to improve allergies, and cinnamon is credited with reducing LDL cholesterol levels and helping the body regulate blood sugar levels.

SUMMER PRODUCE UPDATE

As June draws to a close, enjoy the last bit of the season for blueberries & strawberries.  People will tell you blackberries are ready, but I disagree, see ya next year!  The best time of year is here!  Tomatoes, zucchini , green beans and corn are coming into full swing.  Word to the wise:  the 4th is not complete without cherries & peaches! July finishes sweet with big ripe melons (Get your mind out of the gutter). For you smoothie makers & juicers – greens are always in fashion.

Great national link list for all your seasonal needs:  http://www.fieldtoplate.com/guide.php