If you can get your hands on some local, organic strawberries, try out this vegan mylkshake! (mylk= non-dairy milk alternative :)
In California you can find strawberries as early as January, but peak season is April to June. Also make sure to go organic on these, as the Environmental Working Group has identified strawberries as one of the top 12 highest pesticide-laden foods on the market.
Try this recipe for breakfast, or for a 4:00 PM pick-me-up. The hemp seeds offer excellent protein and fat, and the ground flax is a great source of fiber. I also love this recipe because it doesn't call for any almond milk - which I don't always have on hand - yet it's still delectably creamy. With the sweetness of dates and in-season strawberries, this dairy-free shake will feel like such a treat!
1/2 cup - 1 cup strawberries
2-3 tbsp hemp seeds
1 banana, frozen
1 tbsp fresh ground flax
dates (to taste, optional)
1 cup cold water
- Add all ingredients, except flax, and blitz. For a thinner consistency, add more water. If you want it thicker, add less.
- Taste and adjust (if you want more sweet, add dates. If the banana isn’t frozen, add ice).
- Add ground flax last and blend until just combined.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy!
Strawberries - an excellent source of flavonoids, which protect against inflammation, cancer, and heart disease.
Hemp - a complete protein that’s highly digestible. Hemp seeds also offer the perfect 3:1 balance of omega 3 to omega 6 essential fatty acids.
Flax - in addition to fiber, flax seeds also contain plant lignans, which have significant anti-cancer effects.