So, my last smoothie recipe was dedicated to the Big Man since it was his birthday.
Well, today is my mother’s birthday, so that makes this smoothie recipe dedicated to her.
So…. How to begin this post?
If the Big Man is a health nut, my mother is a berry nut. That doesn’t sound right, but you know what I mean.
My mother could live on berries. In fact, every summer, she does. She plans her day around going to a special road-side stand that she loves. (The have a wolf for a dog there, but I am pretty sure that is NOT why my mom goes to this stand.) Or, she will plan her Saturday around going to her local farmers’ market to get the berries there.
She will get a huge flat of them, and they will be devoured in a day or less.
Except the one time when I was visiting and we got a flat of raspberries. We set it on the counter, and when we went back in to the kitchen to get some, there were ants everywhere. We just threw that one out. A waste, I know, but… EWWWWWWWWW!
Now, usually I like to write a funny story, but the story I have about my mom is just too embarrassing to write here. And my mom reads my blog, so I wouldn’t want to do that to her.*
Anyway, this smoothie is a special dessert smoothie. I used to make this for myself when I was pregnant with the Little Man. I had gestational diabetes, so I had to watch my sugar and carb intake, but I really wanted desserts. So, I came up with this magical “milk” shake that I still love.
Milk is in quotes, because I have since turned this into a dairy-free recipe because the Big Man and I are going dairy-free. It’s a long story. Maybe I will tell it to you someday.
Berry “Milk” Shake (Smoothie)
- 2 cups Frozen Berries (You can use one or any combo of berries. I like blackberries. Choose your favorite.)
- 1 cup Almond Milk
- 1 tbsp Agave Nectar
- Put all ingredients into a blender and blend.
- Don’t wait too long to blend. I did and the almond milk started to freeze. Whoops!
This makes a great dessert when you don’t want to go too calorie crazy and want some good nutrition.
*As to the reference to the story that I couldn’t tell because it was too embarrassing, there isn’t a story. My mom does read my blog, and I just couldn’t resist making her squirm. I’m on the floor giggling while she is racking her brain trying to think of what in the world I could possibly say. Eh, she’s visiting in March, so she can get me back then.
PS – This article is part of Nicola’s (of GFree Mom) D-Tox January. I told you all about it in my previous Green Smoovy post, but you can also go to her site to read all about how we need lots of fruits and veggies. Plus, she has links to all of the different smoothies, soups, and juices that everyone is doing this month. Lots of great ideas to get the year started off right.
We lost Jack LaLanne this week. That man was an ispiration. He lived to 96. But he was not just breathing. This man really lived that whole 96 years. And he owed it all to healthy living. He exercised everyday. He ate fruits, vegatables and juices. The man lived his mantra. Now, wouldn’t you like to live to 96 and be as vital as he was that whole time? OK, I have no desire to swim from Alcatraz Island to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco — handcuffed, shackled and towing a boat. At 60, no less. But, I would love to be ABLE to. Wouldn’t you?
So, let’s live like Jack. Get some exercise in today. Even if it is just a walk. And eat/drink you fruits and veggies. Lots of great and tasty ways to do it at Nicola’s site.
Until later, here’s to…Living better, easily!™
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PPS – I am linking this article to Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays over at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free.
PPPS – I am also linking this to Gluten-Free Wednesdays at The Gluten-Free Homemaker.