STRAWBERRY BANANA SMOOTHIE:
1 frozen banana
8 frozen strawberries (without stems)
1 tsp MCT oil
2 Tbsp flaxseed
1/2-1 scoop protein powder (depending on if I've worked out or not)
1 LARGE handful of spinach
Blend together in the blender until smooth and Enjoy :)
ANTIOXIDANT FUELED STRAWBERRY SALAD
Rinse leafy green of choice (spinach/arugula/mixed greens)
Add in slivered almonds, diced strawberries, chopped grilled chicken, and roasted sweet potatoes
Top it off with some avocados and tomatoes
Dress with my HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY VINAIGRETTE (Blend together 4 strawberries + 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar + 4 Tbsp olive oil + 2 Tbsp balsamic + salt and pepper to taste). If you would rather a sweeter dressing, add 2 Tbsp honey.
Strawberry season is usually from about April to August as they are the first fruit to ripen after rhubarb in the spring/early summer!!
Smaller the berry = more flavor
Larger the berry = more water = duller flavor
Buying strawberries at your local farmers market or strawberry patch allows you to find out more about your farmer and the process they use to grow their strawberries (organic)!
Easy Ways to use strawberries
DETOXIFY YOUR BODY WITH HIGH ANTIOXIDANT & NATURAL DIURETIC FOODS
Asparagus helps cure urinary tract infections through the antiurolithiatic effect that helps use the amino acid, asparagine, which increasing diuresis (urine excretion) while lowering urine forming stones, riding the body of excess sodium, and reducing oxidative stress, which reduces free radicals through antioxidants and glutathione, which can help prevent cancer and be used as a prebiotic fiber that aids in digestive and gut health.
Research shows that this positive effect can be caused by a high amount of flavonoids, tannins, polyphenols and antioxidants such as vitamin C and E from food sources. High vitamin C and E sources include citrus foods, asparagus, bell peppers, almonds, sunflower seeds, tomato avocado, spinach, and oils. The diuretic properties of asparagus increase the frequency and volume of urination, which helps detoxify and flush the TOXINS out of the kidneys and body.
Why in the world does asparagus give off such a potent smell when we pee? Don't worry, this is completely normal. This happens because the body breaks down and metabolizes the components of ammonia (colorless gas of Nitrogen and Hydrogen with a pungent smell) and sulfur found in asparagus into chemical compounds that detoxify the body and remove the toxins from the body through the urine!
Goat Cheese ASPARAGUS SIDE DISH IN 15-20 MINUTES
3/4 pound asparagus, hard ends cut off (Look for thick, hearty stalks for easier preparation and better taste/texture)
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp garlic, minced
3 tablespoons goat cheese, crumbled
1/2 tsp garlic (and herb) powder (optional)