Patriotic Berry Milkshakes by Meredyth Holmes

How do the below recipes get their names? They have red, white and blue ingredients, of course! The red is for strawberries, blue is for blueberries and the white is whatever milk you choose to add to your milkshake. For the healthy version I use full fat coconut milk mixed with water. Regular milk with chocolate or vanilla ice cream makes the decadent version a special treat. For both versions I recommend freezing your berries first  to make your milkshake extra frosty.  I like to frost the glasses as well. I recommend a high-end blender such as a Nutribullet or Vitamix as the blade does need to be powerful enough to grind up leafy greens and nuts for the healthy version, which happens to be my 5 year-old’s favorite milkshake (no kidding!). I get him to eat his leafy greens this way and it is so creamy and sweet you would hardly know healthy veggies were snuck in there. However, if you are new to making milkshakes with greens, it may be better to start with a mild green like lettuce or spinach and work your way up to the bitterer leafies like kale. The bitterer ones have the most nutrition, so are ideal if you like them. My son actually loves these with kale. Happy 4th of July to all!

 

 Healthy Patriotic Shake (serves 2)

 Ingredients:
  • 2 heaping handfuls of your favorite CSA leafy greens
  • 1 small banana broken up
  • 1 small avocado broken up  
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup raw nut  of your choice  (cashews, walnuts, almonds etc.)
  •  heaping tablespoon full fat coconut milk
Put all ingredients in the blender in the exact order given. Then fill with water to the fill line on your blender. Blend and serve.

Decadent Patriotic Shake (serves 2)

Ingredients:

  • 2 generous scoops of chocolate or vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup kahlua, grand marnier or rum (optional)
  • 2 cups milk
Put the ice cream, berries and liqueur if desired in the blender. Then pour milk to the fill line of your blender. Blend and serve.

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