May 21, 2013
Plant-based “Strawberry Quik”
For a short period of time when I was about eight years old, our family doctor told my mother that I was allergic to chocolate. I still don’t believe it. How did he know? There weren’t any accurate allergy tests in the 1960s that I am aware of. And I know I didn’t receive any tests. I think it was something else that was causing me some problems and he just decided it was chocolate. Evil man. During that dreadful period of time I became acquainted with things like white-chocolate Easter bunnies and strawberry-flavored Nestle’s Quik. Do they still make this stuff? I’m sure it was loaded with artificial flavors, food coloring and sugar. Yuk. And I seriously doubt there were any strawberries in there. But I liked it. Sort of. Hey, I was eight. It was pink.
Anyway, I was out working in the garden yesterday—finally got my red peppers in the ground. Hooray! It was hot and I wanted something cold to drink. Something yummy and a little sweet. I didn’t want to fuss with a smoothie. I wanted something… quick. Sorry, I know that was corny. I had some fresh strawberries in the fridge (thank goodness it’s finally strawberry season!) so I decided to make a whole-food version of “Strawberry Quik!”
It was perfect! So I wanted to share the love…