Strawberry Mint Limeade

I feel like when it comes to get-togethers, the beverage department is often overlooked. I enjoy making different types of drinks for gatherings, and one that I keep coming back to is this delicious Strawberry Mint Limeade. Berries are in abundant and bursting with sweetness this time of year, and combining them with fresh mint and lime juice results in a heavenly refreshing drink that is sure to be loved by everyone!

(Recipe adapted from here)

 

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Strawberry Mint Limeade

Yield: 6 – 8 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups cold water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ pounds strawberries, hulled and diced
  • 20 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice

Directions:

Prepare a simple syrup by combining 1 cup water and sugar in a saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves, stirring as needed (does not need to boil). Remove from heat and cool completely.

In a large bowl, combine strawberries and mint. Roughly mash with a potato masher (alternately, the berries can be roughly chopped in a food processor). Add remaining 5 cups of water, cover, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours (up to overnight). Strain the liquid into a pitcher, discarding the solids. Stir in cooled simple syrup and lime juice.

Serve garnished with additional mint leaves.

Strawberry Milkshakes

Our rental community has a garden in which plots are given out on a first-come-first-serve basis, and I was quick to snatch one up this past Spring. We planted cherry tomatoes and green onions in our little box, and so far both plants have been thriving (along with thriving weeds and two mystery plants). Thanks to the crazy Midwestern weather, when one day it is hot and humid and the next it’s thundering and raining, our baby plants have grown monstrous and our box looks like a miniature version of the Amazon.

Speaking of summer and its bountiful produce, I’m loving all of the ripe and sweet berries being sold at the grocery stores! My son loves strawberries, so almost every grocery trip results in a carton being brought home. He mostly noshes on them just the way they are, but sometimes I like to incorporate them into our diets in other ways.

Enter these totally indulgent strawberry milkshakes via our homeboy Emeril.

What sets these shakes apart from others is that this recipe calls for allowing the berries to macerate before blitzing. This small but crucial difference is what takes it over the top. Emeril, I’ve got to give it to you buddy, you really know what you’re doing. BAM!

 

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Strawberry Milkshakes

Yield: 2 Servings

Ingredients:

  • ½ pound strawberries, hulled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • ½ cup milk

Directions:

In a medium bowl, combine strawberries, sugar, and vanilla. Set aside and allow berries to macerate for at least 30 minutes.

In the jar of a blender, combine berries, ice cream, and milk and blitz until smooth. Serve immediately.

Green Monster Smoothie

I have officially been labeled an addict… of the smoothie variety.

I’ve had a smoothie for breakfast every single day for the past week.  I just can’t help it y’all!

I know you’re probably tired of seeing smoothies, and I promise to take a break after sharing this one.  This one cannot wait.

Asiya, from Chocolate and Chillies, posted a Green Monster Smoothie recipe a while back.  Considering the fact that I’m a smoothie junkie now, I finally got around to trying it.  I’ve finally found a spinach based smoothie that I can call “the one!”  This one is spot-on and is perfect for breakfast or post-workout.

It’s so good that it’s toddler approved!  So don’t waste your time and wait like I did… Go ahead and take a dive into this fresh, healthy, spinachy, monstery goodness!

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Monster Smoothie

Yield:  1 Large or 2 Small Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups spinach
  • ½ banana, sliced
  • ¼ cup strawberries
  • ¼ cup vanilla yogurt
  • ¼ cup orange juice, bottled or fresh
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 ice cubes

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.  Refrigerate any leftovers.

 

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

I’m on a smoothie binge!  Honestly, it’s as if I’ve had some kind of epiphany!  I discovered the greatness that is dates and bananas pureed into drinkable form, and now I’m on the look out for other ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables into my daily diet via smoothies.

I’ve had this Martha Stewart recipe bookmarked for quite some time, but never really got around to making it.  Now that I’ve fallen head over heels in love with smoothies, I finally taken the plunge and I regret not taking it earlier!  It’s fresh, healthy, filling, and all things delicious!

I recently went out and stocked up on fresh fruits and vegetables solely for the purpose of smoothie-ing 🙂  Beware my friends, you are going to experience a landslide of smoothie recipes soon… Don’t say I didn’t warn you 😉

 

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Yield:  1 Large or 2 Small Servings

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup strawberries, roughly chopped
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 4 ice cubes

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.  Refrigerate any leftovers.