Strawberry Orange Yogurt Smoothie

Strawberry Orange SmoothieI think I have spring fever. Except that it’s not spring. Not even close. Last week it was…I swear. The signs of spring were impossible to miss. Little green daffodil shoots coming up on the side of my driveway, patches of grass poking their way through the melted snow and glorious sunlight streaming through my bedroom window at the happy hour of 7 am. Surely this meant spring was just around the corner. Wrong. So very wrong. Nearly three feet of snow dumped on us last weekend and more is expected to arrive tomorrow. So much for my early spring wish. I was determined not to let it get me down though. The first thing I did was go out and enjoy the fresh snow. Finally some white fluffy stuff to play in!
The second thing I did was make a smoothie with the most spring-like ingredient I could find…strawberries. So what if they had to be shipped all the way from Florida for me to enjoy them. Sometimes a girl has got to let herself indulge. In addition to strawberries and oranges from far away places I also added some ground flax meal to my spring fantasy smoothie. I pretty much always keep some of this stuff around because it’s an easy way to add fiber and healthy Omega-3 fats to your diet. I recently discovered that my favorite flour brand, King Arthur, makes a ground golden flax meal that is perfect for baking with and adding to smoothies.  I always use my immersion blender to make smoothies. For one because l I don’t own a regular blender, and two because it requires less clean up and who can argue with that! I like to make the smoothies one at a time in the plastic cup that came with my blender. It’s kind of a necessity because the immersion blender won’t quite fit all way down in the bottom of a tapered pint glass, and as a bonus the plastic cup has handy measuring marks on it. Strawberry Orange GoodnessStrawberry Orange Smoothie

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  • This sounds yummy! I have been making the same thing but without the oranges. I will have to try adding them next time! I recently bought some ground flax seed (King Arthur, of course) in hopes of incorporating it into my diet. Do you have any other ideas of where to add flax seed, muffins or bread, maybe?

    • I’m glad you asked about the flax seed Heather. I meant to include a link for some Key Lime Cupcakes that I made with ground flax meal as a substitute for egg but then I forgot :) You can find it here http://www.thinlyslicedcucumber.com/key-lime-cupcakes/ I’ve also had good results substituting out a 1/4 cup of flour for a 1/4 cup of ground flax in baked goods like breads, muffins, and rolls. Check out my cranberry pear bread – http://www.thinlyslicedcucumber.com/cranberry-pear-mini-loaves/ Flax meal has become somewhat of a staple in my cooking and I have found that the golden flax (the kind King Arthur uses) blends in so well with most baked goods that you don’t even know it’s there. Enjoy!

  • Is that the view from your backyard?! It looks amazing, wherever it is.

    The smoothie looks great too! I really like the picture of the milk being poured. :)

    • Not my backyard Erin. That photo was taken in Lake Placid NY where we visited this past weekend. I have just as much snow in my backyard, but unfortunately no lake like that one :)

  • Yummy! I love immersion blender…so practical.

  • I love that someone else shares my golden flax seed meal obsession! I’m always sneaking it into everything. I’m posting a banana zucchini bread recipe next week that it works great with. My kids always get the flax meal in their smoothies and they have no idea! ;)

  • Thanks for the recipes and ideas for using flax meal. I can’t wait to try them!

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