Spring is around the corner. I can smell dark soil, mud puddles, and gentle spring rains hovering in the air. I saw tiny buds on my lilac bush yesterday (hurray!) and when I look around the yard I find myself actually looking forward to raking, picking up sticks, and cleaning out my flower beds.
Within the last two days all of our snow (granted it wasn’t much) has melted. The air feels lighter, warmer, happier – and just more alive. I don’t even mind the mud tracked in the entry after the kids come in from chores.
However, all this spring-ness radiating from the great outdoors is making our last few months of school a
little lot more difficult. I’m thinking of taking the school books out to the deck tomorrow – it’s supposed to get up to 71! Woohoo!
And what’s a better way to bring in spring then with a taste of late spring’s goodness in a Strawberry Smoothie?
This is one of our favorite snacks when we want something cold, sweet, and edible-with-a-spoon without making ice-cream. We use the easiest yogurt on planet earth to make it thick and creamy and add a splash of almond extract to give it a unique twist. Add fresh or frozen strawberries and some stevia to make it sugar-free and healthy. (And because we’ll be shedding those concealing sweaters soon!)
Note: Strawberries and yogurt do have natural sugar. However, this recipe does not add any sugars, making it sugar-free in that sense.
Sugar-Free Strawberry Smoothie (egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, sugar-free, yeast-free, low-carb)
2 cups strawberries (fresh or frozen)
2 cups homemade yogurt (you can also use raw milk or kefir)
1 tsp almond extract (vanilla works too)
1/4 t. stevia
15-20 ice cubes
1. Place the ice cubes and strawberries in a blender or food processor. (It blends easier if they are at the bottom and close to the blades).
2. Then add yogurt, almond extract, and stevia.
3. Blend until smooth.
4. Pour into individual glasses and top with a berry to enjoy!
Makes 6 servings. Each serving is 9.06g net carbs.
P.S. What are your favorite ways to bring in spring?
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