Sure berries are available year round these days, so you may be thinking what's so special about berries now?  Well, believe it or not, it is prime berry season. For me in the Hamptons I am minutes away from picking up my local favorites, strawberries. I'm looking forward to serving up berry shortcake, cobbler and even simply plain yogurt or cream with local fresh picked berries.

What I like to do when I gather a mixture of wild blueberries or raspberries from my backyard is make a cool refreshing smoothie. It’s quick and good for you (packed with valuable antioxidants) but most importantly, it just tastes great! Go pick this weekend..

Berry Smoothie

recipe by George Hirsch | from George Hirsch Living it UP! cookbook

1 cup strawberries

juice from 1/2 lemon

1 cup frozen low fat yogurt

1/2 cup fat free milk 

Place berries in blender and puree. Add the lemon juice, frozen yogurt and milk. Blend until smooth. 

Optional: blueberies, raspberries, or blackberries