♥ Valentine’s Day Strawberry Goodness ♥

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Not one but two frozen strawberry concoctions. Not many milkshakes beat a delicious, well-made strawberry milkshake, and this one my husband makes is one of my favorites. Remember, the better the ingredients, the better the result. Use delicious ice cream, ripe, sweet strawberries and high quality vanilla extract.

For the smoothie, the addition of a little beet juice makes the pink color even more vibrant and beautiful. Smoothies are endlessly customizable, so add, subtract, substitute and be creative to your heart’s content. This is just one delicious variation of a strawberry smoothie.

 

Strawberry Milkshake
makes 2 small milkshakes or 1 large

3 scoops good vanilla ice cream
7-8 ripe strawberries
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
whole milk
whipped cream

Layer ice cream, strawberries, and vanilla in blender with a couple of glugs of whole milk. Blend, adding more milk as needed depending on the softness of your ice cream. Pour into 2 small glasses and top with whipped cream and a fresh strawberry.

Strawberry-Vanilla Smoothie
serves 2

1 frozen banana (or another half or whole banana for additional sweetness)
2 small handfuls frozen strawberries
1/3-1/2 cup vanilla yogurt (I love Icelandic yogurt like Siggi’s, Greek yogurt would be good as well)
2 tablespoons unsweetened flaked coconut
1 tablespoon beet juice (optional)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
vanilla almond milk
fresh strawberry for garnish
cacao nibs (optional)

Layer frozen banana, frozen strawberries, yogurt, coconut, beet juice, and vanilla extract in blender. Add about 1/2 cup of almond milk and start blending, adding additional almond milk as needed until you achieve desired consistency. Garnish with fresh strawberry and cacao nibs if desired.

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