With the Summer heat and humidity abound and the smell of backyard BBQs wafting through the evening air wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy a nutritious and delicious strawberry milk shake? One that can help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer?
Well, I would like to share with you my go-to milk shake recipe for when I’m craving a sweet and creamy summertime treat without sacrificing my health goals. It’s adaptable, for those that have food allergies or sensitivities. It’s sugar free, dairy free (if you choose), and gluten free..
1 cup of frozen organic strawberries (or other frozen fruit).
Side note: Why organic strawberries? Non-organic strawberries are among the most pesticide laden fruits and veggies on the market. In a 2018 study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) a single sample of strawberries showed 20 different pesticides! So, I highly recommend you choose organic strawberries whenever possible, especially if children will be consuming them as their developing bodies and brains are more susceptible to toxins. In fact, in 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics cited research that linked pesticide exposures in early life to pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function and behavioral problems.
Want to learn more on this? Check out the Environmental Working Group’s 2018 Shopper 's Guide to Pest ic ides in Produce.
1 cup of a milk (any kind - nut, grass-fed cow, goat, oat, seed)
3 to 5 medjool dates, pits removed
Put it all in a high-powered blender and blend until your desired consistency is reached. Then pour into a tall glass and enjoy!
All the ingredients in this shake are very nutritious but combined they have a synergistic effect that provides a powerhouse of nutrition. Not only that, but you get that much desired ‘yum’ factor while helping reduce your risk of many disease, but most notable heart disease and cancer. Why? Because strawberries are loaded with antioxidants and other phytonutrients, which are great for your overall health, but particularly your immune system and cardiovascular health. Where Medjool dates help lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and boost your metabolism. I used Milkadamia (Macadamia milk) when I last made this recipe and it was amazing. Aside from that, Macadamia nuts are known to have antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties making them terrific at reducing heart disease risks.
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