The American Smoothie – Our Red, White and Blue

May is the time for fresh strawberries. Some are tart, some are sweet, some are just darn perfect. I like to combine my red with blue and white or blueberries and bananas! It’s a spring festival in my drink! And I like simple – sometimes simple is just better.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana: sliced in rounds
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 5 ice cubes

Recipe:

1. Combine all ingredients into a blender.

2. Mix well.

3. Pour into cups and serve!

Cucumber Blueberry Smoothie

Morning Breakfast!!!! Nothing like a good jump-start to the day!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber: seeds removed and chopped (or a seedless cucumber, whatever you have on hand)
  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/8 cup mint leaves (i prefer not to go overboard with this one)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon agave
  • 1 cup ice

Recipe:

1. Combine all ingredients into blender and wahla, blend!

2. Pour into cup (my case a margarita glass, but whatev works!) Enjoy

Ginger Lemon Tea

As the winter season shows its coldness a little bit more, I turn to a soothing and comforting drink. A drink that is inviting and warms my soul right up. Passed down from Grandmother, I am sharing with you my love for tea, a beautiful ginger lemon tea. I was told it helps soothe a bellyache, (anything ginger helps) but I like this tea even when my belly is great.

Ingredients:

Fresh Ginger  (1/2 inch give or take)

4 cups water

1 lemon

Recipe:

1. Bring water to a boil over medium-high heat

2. Meanwhile, peel and thinly slice ginger (Ginger can be quite strong if adding too much. I use about a 1/2 inch for 4 cups of water. Use less if you want a milder taste. It’s up to you!)

3. After water is boiling, add ginger slices.

4. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for thirty minutes.

5. Pour into mugs, leaving ginger slices behind. (These can now be trashed). Squeeze a few drops of juice from a lemon into each mug then add a lemon round.

5. Serve warm.

Store the left overs in a pitcher and place into fridge. Warm it up again (stove or microwave) and serve in a mug. Add a splash of fresh lemon and slice at the end! It’s delicious every time!