For the second DIY of my Valentine’s series, I wanted to share a simple and healthy recipe that I was able to easily make for my loved ones. Since I love eating healthy and I am always on the go, I thought a smoothie would be the perfect choice! I didn’t want to share just a plain smoothie recipe, but something that tasted good and looked stunning. When you think of Valentine’s day, roses come to mind so I decided to make strawberry roses this time. These gorgeous strawberry roses and delicious strawberry banana smoothie is bound to make anyone you share it with feel special!
– Big & Fresh Strawberries (the bigger the better)
– 1-2 Ripped Bananas
– Large Mint leaves
– A Couple Splashes of Coconut Water (Harmless Harvest 100% Raw coconut water is by far the best I’ve ever had)
– ¾ Cup of Almond Milk (preferred type of milk)
– 2 Tablespoon of Coconut Flakes from Trader Joe’s
– Paring Knife
– Tall Glass Cup
– Long Cake Pop Sticks or Wooden Skewers
– Chopstick With a Sharp Tip
– A Blender
– A Cup of Ice (optional)
Wash the strawberries and mint under cold water. Be sure to get ripe and firm strawberries. Carefully pat dry with a paper towel. Ideally you want to make the Strawberry rose garnishes first, and keep it in the fridge since the smoothie won’t be as good after sitting out for a while.
So here are the instructions to do a little something for your loved ones.
Not going to lie, it does take a few times to get the roses right, so try to start off with the “not so pretty” looking strawberries first!
Alright, you are going to start by making a hole in the bottom of the strawberry stem side down. You’re going to poke a small hole with the chopstick, just big enough to plug the cake pop stick in later, if you push it too far it could interfere when carving the rose. Do not keep the sticks yet, you are making the holes before you carve the strawberry so roses don’t get damaged after.
Here we go. Think of it like you are skinning an apple. Use the paring knife and cut down towards the bottom of the berry in a sawing motion. Try not to go all the way through when cutting, since the petals could easily fall off. You want to make sure to cut just until the petal bends out like a real rose petal. The first tier should have about 4 slits around the perimeter. Use your paring knife to carefully tilt out the tips to give it a more blooming effect. Your first tier will look something like this.
When you are working into the second and third tier, try to stagger it around so the rose can look more authentic. You will need to be gentle, or else it’ll deteriorate. Try it a couple of times to get the hang of it.
Making the Smoothie
The rest of the recipe is simple, throw in all ingredients into the blender and puree away! Add more coconut water to the mixture for a smoother consistency & VOILA!
Also, I came across this Harmless Harvest coconut water which is the best tasting coconut water I’ve ever had! It’s a bit pricey but so worth it. I wish I could drink this all day, every day!
I’m in Love with the COCO-nut Strawberry-Banana Smoothie