The sweet taste of my favorite vanilla smoothie recipe that we will prepare today, always brings a sort of childlike feeling of cozy warmness. We will also prepare a surprisingly tasty and creative decoration on top of that.
In the beginning, let’s prepare our lemon & honey decoration. This process consists of two parts during which the mix will have to stay in the freezer for a while. Take half a lemon (or more, depending on your taste and need) and squeeze the juice. Then, proceed by blending the rest or simply grating it. Yes, we need the whole thing, so try to go with lemons with not so thick peel. Mix the grated / blended part with the juice.
Start pouring the mixture in an ice cube tray. Fill the empty ice cube slots but just a little less than half. Once this is done, take the tray in the freezer and leave it until frozen. Take the tray out when solid, and add some amount of honey on top of the frozen third of an ice cube, roughly the same amount. Since the lower part is frozen, and the honey is consistent enough, the honey stays on top. After pouring in the honey, fill the rest of the ice cube slot with some more of the lemon mush. Let it freeze again. Now we can move to preparing the main recipe.
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Whenever I decide to venture in some more creative styles of mushing, it always involves vanilla. Vanilla was one of the first ice-cream flavors I have ever tasted, and maybe the reason for my sentimental approach lies within that fact. Either way, vanilla is an ingredient I firmly recommend whenever you want to surprise your loved ones with a delicious recipe.
However, the taste and irresistible smell are not the only reason to pick vanilla for this recipe.
Vanilla extract bears some really interesting properties in the mush:
- Calming Effect: A study shows that the smooth aroma – such as vanilla – has an anti-stress potential. Aromatherapy specialists already use fragrances like this during sessions and other similar treatments.
- Antioxidant Environment: The vanilla extract is rich in antioxidants. This provides for a notable anti-cancerous influence. Bonus points for the vanilla.
- Blood pressure: Vanilla plays important role in lowering blood pressure, thus decreasing the odds of developing heart attack or a stroke.
- PMS Symptoms: For all the ladies out there it’s important that vanilla is also highly beneficial in minimizing PMS symptoms, making the whole experience less painful and more bearable.
- Anti-infection: As gentle and soft as the taste might be, it’s not to be taken lightly, obviously. Vanilla is proven to contribute to fighting infections off. due to its contents of vanillin hydroxybenzaldehyde, a known infection fighter. Still not surprised? There’s more…
- Anti-inflammation: Another of the popular benefits of the vanilla extract is successful suppressing of inflammation.
- Libido boost: This is maybe the most exciting of its properties. If you enjoy vanilla you are very likely to enjoy an improved sexual life, as vanilla effectively boosts hormone levels. Just saying. 🙂
- Antidepressant: Vanilla extract has very similar effects on our body as fluoxetine – an anti-depression and anti-ocd medicament.
So, having vanilla as a requirement for a more creative experience is definitely right decision. Mix half a teaspoon of vanilla extract with 1/2 cup of milk of your choice. Mush it nicely.
Now we have a perfect base for our vanilla smoothie recipe.
The milk provides a lot of necessary and very beneficial nutrients, provides energy and promotes bone strength. It is always a good choice for a base as it goes well with any fruit I can think of. That being said, vanilla is [to me] the best when it’s combined with milk.
The next ingredient is one I dub vanilla friendly, being a really smooth addition to the color and the flavor. Mush one banana with the milky white base until desired consistency. The banana, other than the taste compliance, also brings a bunch of health benefits into the mix. Complementing the antioxidant environment by bringing a bunch radical-fighting nutrients. Banana vitamin C contents also helps fight infections. As if these were not enough, the banana promotes healthy work of the cardiovascular system.
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The last ingredient for today’s sweet vanilla smoothie recipe are 6 strawberries. Another antioxidant-rich fruit coming from the earliest times of one’s childhood. Bringing stark red shade, spoiling the consistent pale appearance of the mush, the strawberry is actually bringing stunning health benefits with it.
- Anti-infection: One of the most prominent benefit comes from the stunning amounts vitamin C.
- Anti-inflammatory: Strawberries are packing phytonutrients such as flavonols, phenolic acids, anthocyanins, terpenoids, etc. This makes for a powerful combo that boosts the anti-inflammatory potential of our body.
- Development of red blood cells: Strawberries also contain minerals such as iodine, fluoride and iron, but most important of them is copper, which is responsible for creation of red blood cells.
- Important: Don’t be too greedy with strawberries as they contain fructose that can be damaging for your health if ingested in great amounts.
Fun fact: There is one thing that makes strawberries unique. They are the only fruit that holds its seeds on the outside.
That was the last ingredient for today’s sweet vanilla smoothie recipe. As a last step, we will use the decoration from previously. By now, the ice cubes from before are frozen solid and ready to be added in the mix!
Sweet Vanilla Smoothie Recipe:
- lemons and honey
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 1 banana
- 6 fresh strawberries