1402328017489Thanks to FB and twitter, we all know by now there is a “National Day” for anything and everything edible.  Twinkie Day, Grilled Cheese Day, Oyster on the Half Shell Day and the list goes on.  Today, is National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day (in the U.S.A.  BUT, any excuse to eat pie is a good one, eh?)! Strawberry Rhubarb happens to be my all time favourite 3.14 combo.  In honour of this “day” I put together a little something.  Don’t get too excited, it’s a post workout Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Recovery Shake.  In other words: an excuse to get your sweat on.  Or, you could ditch the sweat, and the protein powder, and add vanilla ice cream instead.  Man, I’m brilliant!  Why did I not think of this before my morning trail run??!!??

Ontario strawberries are not quite in season yet, but thankfully I had some frozen berries hiding in the bottom of my freezer.  Outside my front door I have enough rhubarb to make all the Botox filled faces in Hollywood pucker.  Cheers to National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day.  From MY HAPPY, HEALTHY & VERY BUSY KITCHEN TO YOURS, ENJOY!

1 cup (250 mL) halved, frozen strawberries

½ cup (125 mL) chopped fresh rhubarb

1 tsp (5 mL) minced fresh ginger root

¼ tsp (1 mL) ground cinnamon

1 tbsp (15 mL) liquid honey or Canadian maple syrup (*optional, if you find rhubarb a bit too tart, you will appreciate the added sweetness)

¾ cup (175 mL) water

1 scoop (30 g) vanilla flavoured protein powder of choice; whey, vegan or hemp

Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse until desired consistency.

Makes 1 (1 ¼ cup (310 mL)) serving.

*Recipe written and developed by Charmaine Broughton.  charmainebroughton.com