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Vegan Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

[Photograph: Carolyn Cope]

This creamy, just-sweet-enough smoothie makes it easy to keep those healthy eating resolutions.

I love to use dates as smoothie sweeteners, and I especially love the caramel-like flavor they add to this recipe. But some blenders, especially older ones, can have a hard time getting dates completely smooth. If you'd rather, you can substitute a liquid sweetener of your choice to taste.

Maca is a Peruvian root vegetable full of magnesium and other minerals. It's said to be an aphrodisiac, but you didn't hear that from me. You can find it dried and ground into a powder at many stores with a natural foods section. It's used in this recipe for both flavor and nutrients, but if you can't find it, simply omit it.

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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