Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The BEST Strawberry Banana Smoothie & Snapshots From The Strawberry Fields

The BEST Strawberry Banana Smoothie & Snapshots From The Strawberry Fields

 {I received the GREENPAXX reusable silicone straws in exchange for a review. I only share products I love on my blog!}

One of my family's favorite Summer traditions is picking strawberries at a local farm. We go every year, pick several pounds of strawberries, then whip up our favorite Strawberry Banana Smoothie recipe each day until they're gone!


Strawberry Picking

This Summer was the 6th anniversary of this tradition, and I can only hope we have many more years ahead of us. Summer just wouldn't be the same without it! This year we almost missed strawberry picking due to rain, but managed to go on the very last day of the season!

Strawberry Picking

Strawberry picking is always more fun with friends, so we plan a group trip every year! Sometimes our group is large, and sometimes it's small, but it's always fun. This Summer, we met up with a few of our favorites at nearby Soergel Orchards!


It was a scorching, uncomfortably humid Summer day, and the threat of rain was on the horizon. I didn't have high expectations for our trip, but we didn't want to miss it. Thankfully, the rain held off while we picked strawberries!

Strawberry Picking

Strawberry Picking Family Tradition

Strawberry Picking Summer Tradition

Strawberry Picking

Liam, of course, ate far more strawberries than he placed in his bucket, lost a shoe, and was covered in strawberry juice by the end of our excursion. (See the juice running down his leg?) Allowing the tiny toddler tornado to run loose in the strawberry fields was definitely entertaining!

Strawberry Picking

It didn't take too long before the kids (and the moms) were hot and tired, so we ran for the lone shady spot in the entire field to take a short break. A few strawberries just might have been eaten in the process...

Strawberry Picking

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Strawberry Picking

Strawberry Picking

Strawberry Picking

Strawberry Picking

Strawberry Picking

Finally it was time to capture the toddler tornado (oh, how I love my Lillebaby CarryOn), say goodbye to the strawberry fields until next year, and hike back down the hill. There's usually a tractor pulling a wagon to and from the fields, but it was broken down that morning. We ended up getting a bit of unexpected exercise!

Strawberry Picking

We paid for our strawberries, then the kids were able to play, visit the animals in the barn, get ice cream (Liam's first cone), and cool off in the sprinkler!

Soergel Orchard's

Soergel Orchards

Soergel Orchards

Soergel Orchards

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Soergel Orchards

Although our group was smaller than usual, we had so much fun picking strawberries that morning! I'm so glad we were able to make it to the farm before the season was over. We can't wait to do it again next year! (Then again, I can, because that will mean I will have a 13 year old, 10 year old, almost 7 year old and almost 5 year old, and that is NOT okay!)

Strawberry Picking

We came home from the farm with 5 pounds of strawberries and they were gone in no time! My family loves smoothies, so we try to make them almost every day. It's such an easy and healthy way to eat all those fruits and vegetables! Our favorite one to make is a simple Strawberry Banana Smoothie recipe.


Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Grant and I started making this recipe when we were teenagers. We found out the "secret ingredient" at our favorite smoothie place at the mall, and it was easily duplicated at home. Although we make many other types of smoothies, this one remains the family favorite. The ingredients are basic, and I think that's what makes it so good! 

The BEST Strawberry Banana Smoothie


Strawberry Banana Smoothie

INGREDIENTS:
  • 8-10 Strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1 banana
  • Ice
  • 8 oz water
  • 1 tbsp local honey 
*Note: Eating local honey is really good for you! Eating 1-2 tbsp daily can actually help if you suffer from seasonal allergies!

MAKE IT:
  1. Wash and hull the strawberries, then cut them in half.
  2. Place the strawberries and banana into the blender, then fill it to the halfway point with ice.
  3. Stir 1 tbsp of local honey into 8 oz of water, then pour into the blender. 
  4. Blend until smooth!
*This recipe makes a 16 oz serving. I usually make it in my NutriBullet since it is so quick, but if I use my regular blender, I usually make enough for 4 servings.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

SERVE IT:

GREENPAXX recently sent me a 4 pack of reusable silicone straws to feature on social media, and they quickly became a family favorite. Not only do they save us money because they are reusable, but they are also BPA, Phthalate and PVC Free. Plus, the 2 piece design makes them really easy to wash!

The Cool Straw is wider than traditional disposable drinking straws, which makes them perfect for our daily smoothies! The silicone is a safe alternative to plastic, and the straws are non-stick, flexible, and dishwasher safe.

My kids love them so much that they use them daily. I really want to try the Cool Cap Universal Cup Lids and the Reusable Snack Packs, too! Check them out!

GREENPAXX reusable silicone straws {partner}

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe

This Strawberry Banana Smoothie is the most frequently requested recipe in our home. We hope you love it as much as we do!


Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Smoothie


The BEST Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe! Just a few basic ingredients - strawberries, bananas, local honey, ice and water. Featuring reusable silicone straws from @GreenPaxx! {partner}

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10 comments:

  1. I have always wanted to go to a strawberry patch. Coming home with 5 pounds sounds like heaven to me. That smoothie sounds like the perfect way to use some of them too!

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  2. We love strawberry smoothies! I love the pictures and the kids' outfits!

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  3. I stir local honey into my green tea every morning. It has loads of health benefits including helping with allergies!

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  4. Any time we go berry picking, we always use some of the fruit for smoothies. I usually sneak some veggies in there, too, and CJ is none the wiser.

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  5. So fun, I keep saying I will take the kids picking one day!

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  6. I always say I want to go and my husband is just not up for it lol. It looks like you guys had so much fun. And I love how adorable Liam is with his one shoe!

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  7. How fun!! We've only gone strawberry picking once, but I hope to go again next year! I never thought to add honey to our smoothies! We just picked up some local honey from vacation

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  8. These look absolutely delicious! And what an awesome trip to the strawberry field! :)

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  9. Awe looks like such a fun time to the berry fields!! And that smoothie looks so good!!

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  10. What a fun day! I love all the red outfits. Such a great tradition! Strawberry smoothies are my favorite. I just heard about the local honey trick this past allergy season!

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