Zingy Strawberry Smoothie

This delicious, zingy smoothie is one of my favorites, and for several reasons.

Zingy Strawberry Smoothie

Zingy Strawberry Smoothie

Most important to me, it tastes fabulous — tart, sweet, creamy, a little spicy, and richly scented.  And it’s a quick charge up for those mornings when I need to eat and go.  But here’s the fun part — it has health benefits that match its taste.  Turns out that the culinary magic of combining sweet tart strawberries, zingy black pepper, and floral fresh turmeric is powerful for reducing inflammation and calming gut issues.

Fresh turmeric and whole black pepper

Fresh turmeric and whole black pepper

Adding full fat Greek yogurt makes these health benefits even better, and gives this smoothie a serving of high quality protein.  For me, getting the great nutrition my body needs is always best in tasty, fresh food rather than in a pill.  Eat to your health!  Enjoy!

Zingy Strawberry Smoothie
serves one for a meal, or two for a snack

1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (use non dairy yogurt or milk if you prefer)
small knob fresh turmeric – sliced, or 1 tsp. powdered
1/4 to 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
water
2 TB chia seeds (optional)
sweetener (optional.  I use stevia for natural sweetness without added sugar)

Put all the ingredients in a blender, adding just enough water to create the consistency you enjoy.  Blend until smooth, and serve.

Yellow Watermelon Rum Slushie

Summer Happy Hour alert:  combine frozen yellow watermelon, fresh squeezed lime juice, thai basil, and white rum.  This delicious frozen cocktail was a hit at my house this week.

Yellow Watermelon Rum Slushie

Yellow Watermelon Rum Slushie

Three fragrant ingredients combine to produce a sophisticated and interesting cocktail:  watermelon, orange blossom water, and thai basil.  I love the beautiful color of yellow watermelon, but feel free to use red if it’s what you have.

lime, yellow watermelon, and thai basil

lime, yellow watermelon, and thai basil

White rum adds punch without muddling the flavors and a squeeze of fresh lime brightens the flavor of naturally sweet & mellow yellow watermelon.  This slushie can easily be made without rum for a family friendly drink everyone can enjoy.  Enjoy!

Yellow Watermelon Rum Slushie
(makes two)

2 cups frozen seeded yellow watermelon chunks
4 oz white rum (use water for a non-alcoholic version)
1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
1 tsp. orange blossom water
1 tsp. white sugar (optional, and to taste)
small sprig thai basil leaves

Blend all ingredients in a blender.  Strain into chilled glasses garnished with lime slice and piece of watermelon.