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Recipe: Strawberry Almond Protein Dream Smoothie

Strawberry Almond Protein Dream SmoothieThis month’s recipe is a healthy love letter to yourself in the form of a delectable Strawberry Almond Protein Dream Smoothie. It suits our three favorite occasions for turning on the blender: breakfast, post-workout protein infusion, and an evening treat that beats out our buddies Ben & Jerry, since it doesn’t super-spike your blood-sugar level. Plus, it uses just four ingredients.

What are they? Strawberries and almonds take center stage—while a couple of dates add a rich sweetness, plus fiber, antioxidants, and minerals.

Strawberries have half the sugar of bananas (just 7g a cup), and help reduce inflammation when eaten regularly. (Health note: Inflammation is at the root of all health issues—from allergies to excess fat, even cancer.)

As for the almonds, instead of putting them straight in the blender, make your own almond milk—a super-easy luxury—simply by soaking the almonds overnight in filtered water in the fridge. In the morning, rinse and peel them (the skins slide right off), and they’re ready to blend.

Of course, almonds are powerhouse of protein—1/4 cup contains 7.62g. (That’s more than an egg, which has about 6g.) They’re also a healthy fat and a source of energy-boosting essential minerals like calcium, manganese, iron, and zinc.

So with this simple February recipe, we renew our vows to the smoothie—and to our love of making them. Jennifer Kass

Recipe: Strawberry Almond Protein Dream Smoothie

Blend and enjoy!

1 cup frozen organic strawberries
2 dates
1/2 cup almonds, soaked overnight
1/2 cup filtered water

Trick this smoothie out for Valentine’s Day by adding 1 tablespoon maca powder, some goji berries, and cacao nibs.