There are only a few more days left until Valentines Day!  Valentines Day is a wonderful “excuse” to really take some time away from working and hectic schedules to sit down as a family and spend time together.  But wait – isn’t Valentines Day famous for its emphasis on sugary sweets and chocolate, chocolate, and um… more chocolate ?  How about straying away from those high-calorie and nutrition-deficient temptations and trying something just as yummy but a lot better for you? Fruit smoothies are a great addition to anyone’s day.  No, it’s not easy to get local fruit this time of year in the Northeast – but nothing satisfies the urge for sweets more than some fresh berries, local beets, and local maple syrup.  For a delicious “Red” Valentines Day Smoothie just add these ingredients into a blender and enjoy (perfect for any time of the day, too!).

Ingredients: 1 cup vanilla soy milk 1 raw beet peeled and grated 1/2 cup strawberry soy yogurt 1 ripe banana 1 1/4 cups of frozen mixed berries 3-4 fresh strawberries 2 tbsp maple syrup

Blend all of the ingredients together until smooth.  Make sure you’re using a heavy-duty blender like Vitamix, Magic Bullet, or even a food processor (beets are hard!).  Add in the fresh strawberries last and pulse the blender.  Feel free to add more milk if you like a thinner smoothie.  If you prefer dairy products you can go that route, too!  But don’t be afraid to try something  The non-dairy versions are delicious!

Fun strawberry Facts~ Strawberries are packed with Vitamin C and are low in calories. There are over 600 varieties of strawberries, varying in shape, size and color! Strawberries are the only fruits with seeds on the outside.