Shakes! Matcha or Cashew Ripple Strawberry. Weekend Ready.

Cool, nice, frosty, cute Friday-type things are on my mind this sunny day as we head into the weekend. Watching (and photographing) my kitty cat roll and tumble in a glossy beam of sunlight spread out over the hardwood floor was just about as serious as my mood wanted to get this morning. So I think today's whimsical post should match my content and daydream drifting mood.

I hope you have some excellent weekend plans or at least something to catch your breath and make you pause to inhale the sunscreen, coconut butter, watermelon-scented bliss that is summertime.

To inspire a cool down of sorts, here is my latest frosty creation .. Cashew Ripple Strawberry Shake + another look at my favorite smoothie of right now. It's green. Can you guess it? You probably can since I won't shut up about it :) .. Oh, and I'll share those kitty cat photos that delightfully distracted me all morning..

Pink or Green? Choose your shake to fuel your day..

Green matcha..

Or Pink Cashew Ripple (shown at top).

I always feel ready for anything when I start the day with my energizing Matcha Chia Shake. (It is my fave shake of right now).

Of course leaving behind this perfect little creature is ALWAYS hard. Wish cats liked sunny days out and about too.

AM Sunshine? Check.

Frosty Pink Shake?

Velvet-y ripples of pink banana-berry frostiness swirling with a rich hint of cashew butter. That creamy nut butter gives this shake an extra dessert-y quality that I totally love. Any nut butter will work.

Cashew Ripple Strawberry Shake
vegan, serves 1-2

3/4 - 1 cup soy milk, vanilla
1/2 cup strawberries, frozen
1 1/2 bananas, frozen
1 heaping Tbsp creamy cashew butter, salted (or substitute with almond, peanut, sunflower seed or walnut butter)
optional: 1/4 cup frozen watermelon cubes (my secret smoothie ingredient for frosty, light soy shakes)

note: you could switch out the strawberries for any pink or red frozen fruit (watermelon, cherry, raspberry).


1. Add all ingredients to blender - except the cashew butter.
2. Blend from low to high until smooth.
3. When swirling, add the cashew butter. Reserve a small dollop to swirl into the shake after you pour into serving glass.

Serve chilled with a spoon...

And if you are in a more matcha-y mood .. like I ALWAYS am lately. Tr this Secret Ingredient Matcha Shake on for size..

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