Strawberries – Inside and Out

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The strawberries are arriving from the Sacramento Valley.  Bright red and delicious they often don’t make it past a day on the kitchen counter.

Should they make it past day one though I have several favorite recipes.

First, as my son chooses only the nicest berries, the neglected and bruise are trimmed and placed in a jar of water for fresh strawberry flavored water.  A refreshing drink in the heat of the summer.

Next comes just a wonderful blended strawberry smoothie.  It’s pretty basic and very easy.

Just Strawberries

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 Tbsp honey

Instructions

  1. Add the water and strawberries to the blender first.
  2. Then pour in the honey and lastly add the ice cubers.
  3. Blend on low and gradually move to high until everything is a red fruity liquid.
  4. Then blend on high for another 30 seconds to aerate.
  5. Enjoy your strawberry smoothie.

Feel free to bump this smoothie up.  Add a scoop of Multi-Vitamin, Soy, Vitamin C or other Smoothie Essential Boost.

How about just a bowl of berries before yoga or the gym?

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BUT what about the outside?

Strawberries make a very effective mask for softening skin!!

Wash and hull a handful of strawberries.  Mash them with a wooden spoon into a glass custard cup.  Now pat the mixture onto the face and neck area.  Allow this to dry before rinsing away with warm water.

Strawberry and Cream Facial Mask

Wash and hull a handful of strawberries.  Mash them with a wooden spoon into a glass custard cup.  Mix in an equal amount of cream.  Now pat the mixture onto the face and neck area.  Allow to sit 30 minutes before rinsing away with warm water.

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About Smoothie Essentials - ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the MatchaGT blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. The Smoothie Essentials product is a line of boosts that add functionality to one's daily foods without adding flavor or colors. (except for MatchaGT and green blend) making it easy to "hide" them from the finicky eaters we all know and love. From stirring them into yogurts, smoothies, frappes and even juice drinks it all come out with the original flavor being center star.. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at www.SmoothieEssentials.com or by emailing shelley@juicesolutions.com

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