Who remembers Yoohoos? If you’re a child of the 80’s, chances are good that you downed a Yoohoo or two in your day. I certainly did! My favorite variety was of the chocolate persuasion, but I had a friend who was obsessed with the strawberry flavored!
Last week I brought you a great, simple recipe for Homemade Chocolate Syrup that my daughter loves (I don’t mind it either)! And since we’ve obtained our raw milk share (something I’m super excited about), I’ve been on a mission to make sure none of that delicious creamy goodness goes to waste, so I’ve been dreaming up different ways to it.
Then one day I was at the market for a few odds and ends, and lo and behold! In front of my very eyes I saw organic strawberries on mega sale! Two pounds for five bucks! That’s a steal of a deal if you ask me. So I helped myself to a couple of pounds.
I got the berries home, washed them and bit into one expecting a lovely sweet treat. But although they looked beautiful, they were beyond tart! I guess that’s what I get for buying them out of season. But since this awesome deal was found on a Monday (which happens to be milk pickup day), I had a fridge full of milk to use.
Strawberries and Milk. Hmmmm……
Homemade Strawberry Milk!
And wouldn’t you know it turned out delicious?! (Of course it did, or I wouldn’t be writing a post about it). My little one sucked it down and asked for more! *Note to self: make a bigger batch next time!
And of course, you gotta know that my real-food made-over version of the classic kid’s drink is exponentially healthier than its bottled counterpart.
Let’s examine the evidence.
LOWFAT MILK WITH VITAMIN A PALMITATE AND VITAMIN D3 ADDED, SUGAR, LESS THAN 2% OF CALCIUM CARBONATE, CELLULOSE GEL, ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, CARRAGEENAN, CELLULOSE GUM, CITRIC ACID, SALT, RED 3. Source
I find it quite interesting that there are, in fact, no strawberries in said “strawberry milk”…
What there is, however, is sugar, artificial flavors, artificial food dyes and other rubbish fillers such as carrageenan (believed to cause gut inflammation, according to the Journal of Biological Chemistry- source) and cellulose (a.k.a. wood pulp). Super nutritious, right?
Here are the ingredients in my Homemade Strawberry Milk:
Strawberries. Milk. Maple Syrup. Vanilla.
That’s really all you need, folks. When I compare the two, it really makes me start to think about why we need to put all of that other junk in our “food” products. Well first of all, I must argue that the aforementioned ingredients in the Yoohoo drink do not, in fact, constitute food at all. Rather, a Yoohoo is a food-like substance that is hardly appropriate for human consumption, and DEFINITELY not appropriate for consumption by children. I know that some of the ingredients included are stabilizers that are added in order to make such food-like items shelf-stable. Yet others are just added in for effect, such as the Red #3. Clearly, since there are no actual strawberries, they have to add something to make it pink, right?
And now I can hear you saying, “but Kelli, I don’t have time to make homemade strawberry milk!”.
I call BS on that for two reasons: 1) You make time for things that are important. Providing your child with healthy food and bev is important. 2) This takes all of 30 seconds to make, including clean up. Seriously. You don’t even have to hull the strawberries. You just chuck them in the blender, greens and all. It doesn’t change the color, and it adds a bit of extra nutrition.
So here’s the scoop…
- 2 cups raw milk. If you can’t find raw, please at least go for whole and organic. If you don’t do dairy, you can surely use coconut milk. Try this recipe with my Date Sweetened Coconut Milk, and just adjust the amount of sweetener you add.
- 8-10 strawberries
- 1/4 cup pure grade b maple syrup (like this). Certainly if you prefer honey, use that!
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (I like this kind)
- Chuck it all into the blender and blend away until there are no chunks.
- This step is optional, but I like it because it makes the milk smoother- pour it through a nut milk bag (like this) or a fine mesh sieve.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge. The milk and the strawberry may separate a bit, so just give it a shake before you drink. Enjoy!
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