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My friends and Pinterest feed has been active with smoothie recipes. I thought I should find out what this bandwagon is all about. Hope you are interested to find out how easy it is to throw together a super yummy and nutritious drink for the morning. A few weeks ago we had very unusually warm weather for Wisconsin in February….it was 70 degrees! Beautiful, sunny, shorts weather. Now we are back to normal at 30 degrees in March with a smattering of snow on the grass.
Besides messing up our early budding trees and growing plants, it messed up my head. I got a sense of spring and a little of that spring into summer fever. When I think of summer I think of fresh fruit that we don’t tend to get this time of year because the season is not right for it.
Watermelon is my summertime food
Two years ago this smoothie post would not be possible because D-Man, my boy with food allergies, might have been allergic to melons. D-Man does have an allergy to cucumber and cucumbers are in the melon family, so to be safe we avoided all melons for a period until we were able to investigate his reaction to melons further. Check out Enjoy the Watermelon for the whole story.
Now we can enjoy watermelon and we do. We are a small family of 4 and we can’t always finish a whole watermelon while it’s still fresh. Luckily watermelon is super simple to freeze and keep until you are in the final stretch of winter and just need a little taste of summer. I halve the watermelon, slice one side up for the family to enjoy. The other half I freeze. Using a cookie scoop as a melon baller I scoop out a gallon freezer bag full of tasty fresh watermelon. Seal up the bag and suck out as much air as I can with a straw.
Then cold March rolls around and I want a little taste of summer. I pulled out the watermelon and gathered up the other ingredients to try my hand at smoothie making. It was so easy and yummy, I can’t believe I waited this long to try and throw one together. I made the mistake of adding the fruit before the yogurt. When you make yours, add the yogurt first it will come together in the blender much quicker.
Of course this tastes delicious, it is also good for you. Check out the health benefits of the simple ingredients.
Watermelon helps hydration, decreases inflammation also contains vitamin C a strong antioxidant, vitamin A for your skin.
Blueberries are a great antioxidant, high in fiber and vitamins C & K.
Raw honey is another antioxidant also has anti-fungal and antibacterial components.
Plain whole milk yogurt is high in vitamin B12, calcium for bones, phosphorous an essential mineral, and riboflavin (don’t be afraid of whole milk dairy products! They pack much more nutrients compared to low fat varieties)
I hope you enjoyed this summer time drink on the tail end of winter (we hope!) Join us every Tasty Tuesday for a new recipe I make for myself and my family.