I love how food holds memories that can bring you back to a different time and place. When I was growing up my dad would take me on dates, whether it be to the garbage dump or out for lunch, we always had to stop and pick up some strawberry milkshakes along the way. It was our special date thing. I simply can’t have one without thinking of him.
I always loved my dates with my dad. He always made me feel precious and treasured, the way only a dad can. For me strawberry milkshakes are more then a special treat, they are sweet memories that are an integral part of who I am and they will always hold a special place in my heart.
It’s actually been a long time since I’ve had a strawberry milkshake. And the other day, on a whim, I decided to make some for me and the kids. But this time, according to my usual preference, I decided to healthy them up a bit. I wanted all the great flavours that I recall from my childhood but in a package that was good for the body as well as the soul.
These milkshakes are packed with strawberries for maximum strawberry flavour. Milk + frozen strawberries makes a healthy soft serve strawberry ice cream. A little bit of honey helps to sweeten it up, lemon juice gives it a bright fresh flavour, and the vanilla gives it that signature creamy note. To me these taste every bit as good as I remember and nobody will ever guess that they’re good for you too.
I look forward to enjoying this often with my kids, and to making our own strawberry milkshake memories.
Healthy Strawberry Milkshakes
You can use a milk substitute for the milk in this recipe, just keep in mind that it will have an icier consistency the less fat content there is. For example: coconut milk should make it creamy but almond milk may make it more like a slush.
- 3 cups frozen strawberries
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons honey
Add all ingredients to a blender. Pulse to break up strawberries, stopping to stir with a wooden spoon as needed. Blend until smooth and thick. Pour into glasses to serve.
Makes: 2 servings