Let’s talk about smoothies. Or milkshakes. Or maybe both. Since starting chemotherapy 4 weeks ago, my taste buds have gone, well, a wee bit wacky. Many of the things that I used to love to indulge in, I simply don’t love anymore. Like coffee and chocolate. I know. Two things that simply don’t taste like coffee, or chocolate anymore. Truly saddening, right? *sigh* I can only hope that next year, one I’ve completed chemotherapy, I’ll finally be able to enjoy both of these Mom “staples” again.
Until then, I’ve developed a list of things that I DO truly still enjoy right now. Mashed Potatoes, White Rice, Buttered Toast, Broccoli, Snap Peas, Peaches, Grapes and best yet, Strawberries! Can I get a hallelujah for strawberries?? Whew. Thanks Be. So to celebrate the list of things that I DO still enjoy indulging in, I’ve been on a smoothie/milkshake making frenzy! Because somehow, this Mama is determined to create the BEST fruity mix!
After a couple of trail & errors, I’m overjoyed to say that I’ve finally got it JUST right! And I truly know so, after my 3-1/2 year old came running up to me in the kitchen, hugging my leg while saying, “You make the best smoothies, Mommy!” Yeah, I nearly crumbled up into a giant puddle of love right then and there. Thanks Be for my greatest fan: my beautiful, sassy, enthusiastic Little Girl. She makes everything better.
Anyhow, back to this smoothie. Or milkshake, since true to any classic milkshake, this does incorporate milk. You ready for one of the fruitiest breakfast drinks you’ll ever come across? Let’s do this! You’ll need:
2 cups fresh, rinsed and sliced strawberries
1 cup fresh, sliced peaches, either white or yellow, your choice
1/2 cup sliced banana
1-1/2 cup ice cubes
3 scoops vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup whole milk or orange juice
Throw all of those fresh ingredients into a blender, and pulse for 3-5 minutes until each of the ingredients is fully blended.
Spoon out this fruitastic smoothie into 4 of your favorite serving glasses. And serve while it’s cold!
Your tummies, and your mornings will thank you!
Until next time, xoxoxo