This is one of my favorite times of year to be living on the Central Coast of California. Why? It’s strawberry season, baby! During this time of year, I gorge myself on strawberries, stuffing them in my face as fast I can get my hot little hands on them. Lucky for me the best strawberry stand in town is but a couple miles from my house. The strawberry stand literally sits directly in front of the fields where they pick the berries, so you know they’re super fresh. The scent of strawberries wafts through the air on warm days and you can’t help but take a moment and just breathe it all in.
I picked up a half flat of berries over the weekend and wanted to make something delicious and healthy with them. I came across a recipe in Oxygen Magazine for a lemonade recipe that I thought would be perfect. This drink is rich in antioxidants that help boost the immune system and decrease body fat (bonus!). The strawberries add fiber and vitamin C, and the honey (especially if you can get local honey) can help with allergies (although bee pollen is best; you could add that here, too!). I tweaked the original recipe a bit and I thought I’d share the results!
Green Tea Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie
adapted from Oxygen Magazine‘s Quick and Easy Summer Meals
makes about 2 large smoothies
1/4 cup loose green tea leaves or 10 organic green tea bags
6 lemons, juiced
3 cups fresh strawberries, rinsed and chopped
hand full of mint leaves
2 Tbsp. honey
Steep the green tea in 1 cup of boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Strain if using loose tea, or remove tea bags. Let cool.
In a blender, combine strawberries, lemon juice, honey, green tea, mint, and ice. Blend until smooth. If it’s too thick, add water. If it’s too thin, add more ice.
Pour into a glass, add fancy straw, and enjoy!
*all photos by kayla king (that’s me!)