Monday, May 2, 2011

Celebrating Spring


There are a lot of reasons that I love Spring.
1) Maypoles. Do you remember way back when we were kids, and the first of May meant that we would stand in a circle around a pole with ribbons in our grubby little hands (I remember my class even dressed up for it), and then we'd weave in and out, going in circles, while the ribbons braided themselves down the pole? Yeah, that happened. For real. It was cool. Do little kids still do that?
2) My birthday is in Spring. Birthday! That means my parents had sex around September the year before. Hmm...ew. Sorry, TMI.
3) Strawberries! To me, local strawberries mean that Spring is really here, and I get to put them in everything. Fresh strawberry pie? Yes. Strawberries on my waffles? Uh, yeah! Strawberries in my Kashi Go-Lean Crunch? Ridiculous how good that is (is it just me, or does that cereal taste exactly like Sugar Smacks? If you're too young to remember that cereal, forget I said anything). I always, always spend the extra money on the organic berries (organic = no pesticides = no poison to ruin that awesome strawberry experience), and I absolutely wash them first, every time, just in case. If you grow your own berries, and don't spray them, you can probably throw caution to the wind.

clean berries = happy belly

Just to be frisky, today I decided to make a refreshing, frothy drink with my strawberries, some super-sweet fresh pineapple, and fresh mint, which is happily growing in my yard with abandon. The fruit is so ripe and naturally sweet I decided not to add any extra sugar or honey, plus they already look so pretty together, I decided not to ruin a good thing.


Lastly, in addition to a little crushed ice, I threw in this... more interesting and flavorful than plain water, not as sugary as juice:

Coconut water! It's sorta fabulous, like me (ha).
Although I know you don't need an actual written recipe for this, here's one anyway, since I'm trying to be as cool as this frosty glass of wonderful. I say, drink in Spring!

Strawberry-Pineapple-Mint Frappe (or Smoothie, or Shake...)
5-6 ripe, clean strawberries, chopped
1/2-1 cup ripe pineapple, chopped
6-8 fresh mint leaves, torn into pieces
1 cup crushed ice
1 cup coconut water (you can substitute plain water, or unsweetened juice of choice)

Put these all in a blender. Puree until smooth. Drink immediately, while sitting in the sun (under a maypole, if available).
Note: if you don't love pineapple, this is also smashing with fresh mango. You can also sub fresh basil for the mint with pretty spectacular results.

Love!


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