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Happy Strawberry Shortcake Day!
I love strawberries. They’re tied with blueberries as my favorite fruit.
Just because I’m starting my 4-Week Wellness JumpStart doesn’t mean I have to skip the shortcake. I just adapted it into a Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie! (The strawberries are the best part, anyway.)
I usually buy the frozen berries for smoothies, but since there are so many good fresh ones in the stores right now, I just cleaned a bunch of fresh ones and froze them. I use as many frozen ingredients as possible because I like my smoothies thick so I can savor them before they melt.
There are a number of substitutions you can make with this recipe.
- Regular milk doesn’t always agree with me so I use almond milk. You can use whichever you prefer.
- I use Bob’s Red Mill vanilla protein powder but you can use whichever one you would like. I usually drink smoothies post-workout so I like to add a little protein to replenish my muscles.
- You can use gluten-free oats if you are gluten sensitive.
- I add the avocado for texture. (And the good fats!) You could also substitute 1/2 a banana if you don’t like avocado. (Or if you don’t think you do, like my brother.)
You’ll notice in the pictures there isn’t any whipped topping on my smoothies. After the photo shoot, I took one to Rudy and he tasted it and said, “It needs ice cream.” Haha. But he settled on sugar free whipped topping and when I tasted it I agreed. I wrote in the recipe card below that it’s optional, but it really did make it taste more like real strawberry shortcake.
It’s recipes like this that make eating healthy a little bit easier.
Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- 2 cups almond milk
- 4 scoops vanilla protein powder I used Bob's Red Mill
- 1/2 avocado peeled and pitted
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- sugar-free whipped topping optional