Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie

This week summer weather hit. We had gorgeous weather in April and into May. This week the temps hit the mid-90s. It’s officially time for me to switch from hot drinks to cold. I love the combination of strawberry and lemon. My friend Christine sells strawberry lemonade cupcakes at the market that are so good!

How about a strawberry lemonade drink that’s relatively healthy?

Here is a tip for smoothies… freeze your fruit, if it’s freezable kind. Freeze fresh squeezed lemon juice in an ice tray, for easy-to-use small servings.

Each compartment holds about a third of a lemon.

I find that the strawberries blend better if you let them partially thaw in water just a little.

If you are only making enough for one, and you have an old fashioned ($.99 garage sale deal) blender like mine, you can use a small mouth pint jar.

Add your ice, frozen fruit, yogurt, sweetener & lemon juice leaving some breathing room in the top. Blenderize until real smoothie … er… smooth. I wouldn’t use a closed container with this with anything that could have a chemical reaction since air cannot escape.

I use this stevia that comes from Bolivia, that I purchase all the way from the Amazon (the Amazon.com, that is. 🙂 ). Stevia from Bolivia sounds like a person, doesn’t it. Maybe it’s the lady in the photo. Stevia is grown in South America and has been used there for years. This is the best no-aftertaste stuff I’ve tasted. Like pure stevia, it is concentrated and only requires about 1/4 tsp or so.

 

Here you go:

 

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

My mom has the best oatmeal muffin recipe. It is in our church cookbook (which is still available for sale (hint!). In this day and age of Pinterest, do people still buy cookbooks? I was looking through a new one today with a friend, and the cookbook she was given has a photo on every page. I confess I am a visual junkie because to me that is more appealing!

I am thinking about feature more recipes from our cookbook. It is not a typical Mennonite-cooking cookbook. Some of it is but it is a compilation Continue reading “Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins”