Spring unlocks something in me – dreams of salads, fresh herbs, cold smoothies. I want to shed slow cooked meals and root vegetables in exchange for spinach, kale and fresh berries. Early spring brings about one of my favorite fruits, strawberries. When you catch them at their peak, they are divine. Last week I made the best pan of Strawberry Yogurt Muffins and now, as the weather is getting warmer, I added them to a hydrating smoothie.I realized the other day that I have definitely not been drinking enough water. We don’t need to go water crazy, but the reality is, I don’t love plain water on its own. However, with all the mint growing in my garden, it is a reminder to add some to my glass, which makes water so much more palatable for me.
Going further with my hydration I think smoothies can be a great idea too. Knowing that they add calories to my day, I typically drink smoothies as a snack. Nonetheless, fruits and vegetables are full of water and hence, full of hydration.For this smoothie, I added in my favorite strawberries, grapefruit, cucumber and some mint, with a hint of ginger. The ginger makes it a bit spicy so you can always leave that out.
The smoothie tasted like spring in a glass. Try it today and let me know what you think.
Spring Strawberry Grapefruit Smoothie
Makes 2 smoothies
1 cup coconut water
1 1/2 cups strawberries, fresh or frozen
1 grapefruit, peeled and chopped
1/2 medium cucumber peeled and chopped
1/4 cup fresh mint
1 small piece fresh ginger (optional)
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
1. Place all the ingredients in a blender, starting with the coconut water, and blend until smooth. If you are not using frozen strawberries, you can add a few ice cubes.