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Strawberry. Shortcake. Shake. A smoothie that’ll actually keep you fueled and hunger at bay.

Last summer, I was on a quest to make a gluten free strawberry shortcake but instead went to another direction by making a Double Layer Lemon Custard with Strawberry Compote... sounds super fancy and yes, it’s a bit labor intensive. I’m not the biggest fan of baking so, I’m back at square one and also avoiding the oven for legitimate reasons, hear me out: 1) we need more hydrating foods in our diet especially during summer, 2) making a shake or smoothie is way easier and quicker than any baked cake despite how tasty it is, and 3) I have an epic cake recipe coming soon to celebrate my birthday and a cake recipe you can have on deck to utilize those fresh summer strawberries.

This Strawberry Shortcake Shake is made up of, you guessed it, strawberries! I’ve been raving in my Instagram stories lately about how much I’ve been enjoying and can’t recommend enough, to join your local CSA to get seasonal goodies like strawberries here in Nashville. We’ve had them every week in our bushel which is a great example of how it can push you creatively to think outside the box with using whole foods. Mix a touch of laziness (because I didn’t want to bake a shortcake) with a hunkering to nourish my body with as many nutrient dense foods in a delicious way, and I present you with this shake that’s:

Quick to make in 5 minutes, maybe 7 with clean up!
Loaded with healthy fats
#beautyfood
Versatile
DELICIOUS!

(nutrition) stripped and how this can give you a daily dose of #beautyfood:

  • Fiber: in 1 cup of fresh strawberries, you’ll get about 3g of fiber, which isn’t much compared to how much you need in a day, but for a shake, that’s a great start! To boost the fiber, read the optimizer option below
  • Healthy fat: coconut milk is one of my favorite sources of healthy fat, it tastes delicious, it’s easy to use in cooking and creating a creamy texture in smoothies and shakes. Plus, coconut milk and coconut, in general, contains a different type of fat (MCT – medium chain triglycerides) that are absorbed and utilized “quickly” compared to long chain triglycerides like ones found in olive oil. Both healthy, both provide health benefits and different culinary uses. Read more on my recent thoughts about the whole “coconut thing”.
  • Antioxidants: including phytonutrients like anthocyanins, tannins, anthocyanins, flavonols, resveratrol, ellagic acid, catechins from the strawberries alone
  • Vitamin Cstrawberries are a great source of vitamin C, in just 1 cup of fresh strawberries there’s about 149% DV of vitamin C- which is important in our overall health from fighting inflammation, collagen production,

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