I love the summertime, with it's green grass, blooming flowers and finally, warm weather. It's my favorite time of year. The pace is a little slower and when my children were in school, it was a time when I didn't have to pry them out of bed with a crowbar. It made the house more peaceful somehow.
Summertime also brings the farmer's market in my town and I love walking through in on the weekends, looking for the perfect fruits and vegetables for our table. I have tried growing my own, but no matter how much work I put into them, no matter how much my loving friends try to help me, I have a black thumb and I don't get much yield, except weeds. So, I gave up and decided to bite the bullet and just buy the produce. I have a few friends who have watched me struggle over the years and I believe they pity my inability to garden. These friends often share their bounty with me and I truly appreciate it.
|Carrots that one of my awesome friends brought me one year. They were really good.|
I also love the fruits of summer. Watermelon, peaches, strawberries are so good when they are fresh and perfectly ripe. Most of the time you can get these fruits throughout the year, but they are shipped in from parts unknown and just aren't the same. Peaches and strawberries can be purchased frozen, but again, it just isn't the same.
On a snowy Idaho day in April, I was grumpy because it was snowing and I just wanted warm weather. Warm weather in April, is that too much to ask? I think it is where I live and it makes me unhappy sometimes. I decided to try to recreate a summertime smoothie using frozen fruits. It turned out pretty well too and even perked me up a little bit.
I always add a little chia to my smoothies, to add some Omega 3 and fiber. I know you can get Omega 3 from fish, but I don't happen to like fish, so I get it in my chia seeds. There are loads of other great benefits of the chia seed, so they are also good to add to cookies and breads or just sprinkled on a salad. There are lot of websites that tout the benefits of chia and even books. You should investigate for yourself if you are missing something in your diet, like me.
So on to the smoothie.
For this recipe I used chia seeds, natural coconut milk, watermelon, peaches, strawberries and some ice. I mixed it all up and had a lovely smoothie. I made enough for two 16 ounce servings. My husband usually drinks these with me in the morning, so I make enough for both of us. The detailed recipe is below.
|Chia and Coconut Milk|
|In the blender it goes!|
|This finished product! So yummy!!|
|Dairy Free Smoothie|
1 can of Natural Coconut Milk - Chilled
4 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1 cup watermelon (I froze mine)
1 cup of peaches
1 cup strawberries
Shake the coconut milk really well and dump it in the blender with the other ingredients, except the ice. Blend it until it is smooth. Add ice to keep it cool and blend to break the ice up. Pour it in a glass and drink it up. So good and you are getting some of your servings of fruit for the day!
What is your favorite summertime fruit to add to a smoothie?
Posted by Kathleen