I have found this to be the easiest way to have one's quota of some fruit and milk. My daughter has a few favourites when it comes to fruit. You could count her favourites on the fingers of one hand and still have a couple of fingers to spare! While milk is not exactly on her list of favourites either, she is more willing to drink milk than eat fruit.
So early on, I figured out one way to make her have both, happily, was to blend both into a milk shake. This is also the perfect thing for summer and warm weather, which is almost all the year round for us. Sometimes, I make the milkshake in the morning and keep it in the fridge so it's ready whenever needed during the day. Milkshakes are also excellent to take care of mid-morning or evening hunger pangs as they're filling, nutritious yet light. Ice-creams / gelatos are another favourite fruit and milk combination, but take more time and effort to make.
I also have to admit that milk is not one of my preferred beverages either, though we all love plain yogurt and its more glamorous avatars (read lassi, frozen or fruit yogurt and spiced buttermilk). And now that my doctor tells me that the best way to ensure meeting my requirement of calcium is having 2 servings each of milk and yogurt a day, milkshakes have become more frequent in our home.
Making a milkshake (strawberry, this time) requires about 5 minutes of time, the basic 3 ingredients (+ any flavouring you may like) and a blender. There's nothing new or unusual about this recipe, just something that is a regular in my kitchen.
2 cups hulled strawberries
3 glasses of chilled milk (I use skimmed milk)
sugar to taste
1 tsp vanilla extract
Put all the above ingredients together and blend till smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.
You can make any milkshake using a fruit of your choice and changing the flavouring to suit the fruit. You can also use a combination of fruit to make a milk shake. Another variation on this shake is cold coffee. Just add about 1/4 a cup coffee decoction instead of the strawberries. Since this milkshake is pink (a very light pink, I know), this goes to Harini's FIC being hosted by Priya of Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes.