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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Strawberry "Julius" Drink

It's been strawberry-picking time around here recently.  Though the weather has not always been cooperative and the strawberry yields seem down this year locally, we still managed to pick our quota for the year!  I credit my very helpful pickers (my children) entirely.  I was happy to manage a couple of bowlfuls while keeping Littlest Warrior occupied, but if it depended on me I would have to pick an entire day or two, I am sure! 

On our Pancake Saturdays we like to often make a special drink. Sometimes that's just plain orange juice.  Often I make an orange "julius"-style drink.  So, when it's strawberry season I love to make strawberry "julius" (I write that word in quotes because I know that it is trademarked).  It's very simple and easy with the right tools!

I love, love, LOVE  my Blendtec blender!  I use it every day, often several times a day.  One of its most useful purposes is to make smoothies and these "julius" drinks.

You'll need:

4 cups whole (2 cups pureed) strawberries
1 cup milk
1/8-1/4 cup sugar (depends on just how sweet your local berries are.  Ours are very sweet!)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups ice cubes

Blend everything together and enjoy!  One blender full will make generous glassfuls for 4 people.  We make two blenders worth and usually have some leftover (for only a little while!)

**Nutrition tip:  Did you know you can throw those strawberries in your blender with the tops on?  They add chlorophyll to pack some extra nutrients in this fun fruity drink.

1 comment:

  1. I would have never THOUGHT to leave the hulls on the strawberries in a blended drink! I will the next time.

    Frequently, I put the washed, whole berries on a cookie sheet and freeze them before throwing them into the "julius" blend. This freezes the milk w/o the ice cubes & makes a nice, thick drink.



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