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From the Blender: Vegan Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

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[Photograph: Carolyn Cope]

I like January a lot because, for a brief moment, it feels like the whole world agrees with me. The Williams-Sonoma catalog is front-loaded with juicers and high-speed blenders. Amazon features neon running shoes on its homepage. Yoga skeptics pipe down for a few weeks. Everyone and their schmuncle is a health nerd. It doesn't last long, so I soak it in while I can.

Still, this health nerd is also a serious food lover. January or no, I like my good-for-you fare to taste amazing. And with a couple kids to feed, deliciousness is non-negotiable.

That's where drinks like this Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie come in. It's entirely plant-based and packed with some of the best-for-you foods around: berries, almonds, flax, dates, even a little maca root powder to boost your superhero quotient.

But dudes. The thing is, it tastes like strawberry shortcake. It's creamy, just sweet enough, and smattered with cakey overtones of vanilla and almond. Smattered, I tell you. You know, just in case you—or your schmuncle—are into that sort of thing.

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About the author: Carolyn Cope is the voice behind the popular food and lifestyle blog Umami Girl, where she'll soon be releasing a free e-book filled with easy ways to incorporate more healthy, plant-based foods into your life. She is equal parts live-to-eat and eat-to-live and currently does both from London.

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