We’ve been under an excessive heat warning, here in Chicago, for what seems like FOREVER. It’s going to be a high of 101 degrees today and 100 tomorrow. Thankfully, by Sunday, it will drop down to the low-mid 80s.
With a record breaking hot summer and being 8 months pregnant, I’ve been craving more and more cold foods. Ice cream is at the top of my list, but we know that’s not something you should enjoy everyday!..
I started making smoothies with Greek yogurt about a month ago, and I cannot get enough of them. (Rinaldo loves them too!) I love the tartness from the yogurt and sweetness from the fruit. I use Fage greek yogurt and always go for the full fat version. I cringe when I see people purchasing fat free dairy products… C’mon people. You don’t gain weight from healthy fats and fat free products are SO bad for you. That’s another post though…
I usually stick with berries for my fruit of choice when making my smoothies. My favorite are strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. Berries are one thing I always buy organic. They have the highest levels of pesticides, in particular strawberries.
If you could only buy 1 organic food, I would probably tell you to make sure and get organic strawberries.
“Strawberries are the single most pesticide-contaminated fruit or vegetable in the United States. Strawberries receive up to 500 pounds of pesticides per acre. 36 types of pesticides can be found on 90% of tested conventional strawberries.” [source]
“And in Sacramento, a pesticide so cancer-causing that it’s often used specifically to create cancer in rats for medical experiments was just proposed for approval for use on the state’s strawberry crop.” [source]
Yah, scary stuff people!
I purchase frozen organic strawberries for my smoothies and they’re a lot cheaper then the fresh organic strawberries.
I like to add chia seeds to my smoothies just to give it a little more nutritional kick. They are an excellent source of fiber and antioxidants, a good source of calcium, a good source of plant based protein and an excellent source of the plant derived omega 3 fatty acid (alpha-linolenic acid) ALA similar to walnuts and flax.
This recipe is so simple and I hope you will give it a try!
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 3\4 cup frozen raspberries
- 1\2 cup cold water
- 1\4 tsp liquid vanilla stevia (you could use honey or another sweetener of your choice)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- Place everything in a blender and let run for 1-2 minutes!
I hope you all are staying cool if your state has been hit by the excessive heat too!
Have a great weekend!!
Do you purchase your berries organic??
What’s your favorite cold treat?