Cherry Berry Banana Smoothie

Cherry Berry Banana Smoothie

For Christmas Jim and the girls bought me an awesome immersion blender and we are all loving it.  I think we have used it every day making one thing or another.  If you are on the market for an immersion blender the Breville brand is a great one.  The motor is very powerful and the whisk works well, too.  When we were in Maryland over the holidays I used it to whisk some egg whites for egg nog and I think it did better than my stand mixer whisk.  I have also used it to make mashed potatoes and some pureed soups with much success.  Plus, it is super fun to use!

My girls loved this smoothie and the addition of the cherries gives this a nice change from the traditional berry banana smoothie that we make.  Ella will drink almost any smoothie I put in front of her but Taylor is a bit more picky.  She gave this one a big thumbs up.  I think the immersion blender did  a better job chopping up the berries than my blender used to which I am sure made the difference for her.

I used a frozen fruit blend that Trader Joe’s has that includes Berries and Cherries.  If you can’t find this just mix some frozen berries and frozen cherries to equal one cup.

I like to add the coconut water for some nutritional punch and the Greek yogurt adds some protein in the morning.  If you don’t have coconut water just sub any other type of milk.  I use unsweetened yogurt and add my own sugar so I can control the amount.

Enjoy!

Cherry Berry Banana Smoothie
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Frozen Cherry and Berry Mix (Trader Joe’s has this)
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup light greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • ½ cup coconut water or skim milk

Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to your blender and mix until thoroughly combined. Add more coconut water or milk to get to your desired consistency.
  2. Enjoy!

 

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Fresh Strawberry Pie

This is another one of my mom’s recipes. Such a great way to use fresh strawberries.  You can use a store bought crust to make this super simple or a homemade crust just makes this even more irresistible!

This is a great treat for your Memorial Day BBQ.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Fresh Strawberry Pie
 
Recipe type: Dessert

Ingredients
  • 4 cups strawberries
  • 1 prepared pie crust (we usually use a graham cracker crust, but a pastry crust would work well, too)
  • 1½ cups water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 oz. package strawberry jello
  • Freshly whipped cream

Instructions
  1. Cut stems off strawberries and leave whole or at least in large pieces. Place in pie shell.
  2. Combine water, sugar and cornstarch and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it comes to a boil. Continue on low heat for 2 minutes until it thickens and is clear.
  3. Add jello to mixture. Stir and pour, while hot, evenly over strawberries. Chill until set.
  4. Serve with freshly whipped cream

 

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