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|amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Saturated Fat 0g||2%|
|3 mg||1 %|
|dietary fiber 4g||16%|
|Total sugar 26g|
|Vitamin C 122 mg||608%|
|Calcium 144 mg||11%|
|Iron 2 mg||9%|
|Potassium 533 mg||11%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) indicates how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories per day is used for general nutritional advice.|
(Nutritional information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)
The secret to a really good smoothie is balance – thick, but not so thick that you can't drink it through a straw, and sweet, but not so sweet that it tastes cloying. The perfect strawberry smoothie is incredibly easy to make – just add all the ingredients to a blender and blend.
For a refreshing, fruity snack or breakfast on-the-go that even picky eaters will love, make this strawberry smoothie. It's nutritious, with vitamins and nutrients from the fruit and protein from yogurt, but it's also sweet enough to serve as a frosty dessert.
The key ingredients for the best strawberry smoothie
strawberries: A strawberry smoothie can be made with fresh or frozen strawberries. Our recipe calls for frozen berries as they make a nice, thick smoothie. If using fresh berries, add a few ice cubes to thicken the mass. If using frozen strawberries, you can use either whole or pre-cut berries. Pre-cut berries are easier to blend, but most blenders will handle whole berries – just make sure you blend long enough to achieve a smooth consistency.
Fluid: Using fruit juice as the liquid in your smoothie gives it an extra fruity flavor. Our recipe calls for a combination of orange juice and cranberry-raspberry juice, but you can use any fruit juice or other liquid you like. Excellent options include kefir, milk, almond milk, coconut milk, vegetable juice, coconut water, cold coffee, and even iced tea.
Yogurt: Yogurt adds a nice creaminess to the smoothie and makes it a meal. You can use any fat percentage and flavor you prefer—plain, vanilla, and strawberry are all good choices. If you use a thick yoghurt, e.g. B. Greek yogurt, you may need to add a little more liquid. If you prefer, you can also use non-dairy yogurt like coconut or almond yogurt.
Optional add-ins: While a plain strawberry smoothie is great, you can enhance the flavor and nutritional values of your strawberry smoothie by adding one or more of these ingredients:
- whey protein
- Ground Flaxseed
- Chia seeds
- wheat germ
- Tender leafy greens like baby spinach and kale
- nut butter
- silken tofu
The best blender for making smoothies
If it's within your budget and you make a lot of smoothies, consider a high-speed blender like a Vitamix, which makes for a very smooth smoothie even when you add whole chunks of frozen fruit. Try using a food processor if you're unsure if your blender is up to the task, or use all the fresh fruit in your smoothie and add some ice at the very end of the blending process.
Click play to see how this refreshing strawberry smoothie is made
“This was a delicious smoothie – cold, refreshing and healthy. The recipe makes about 2 1/2 cups, which should be enough for 2 servings (or a generous serving for adults). I used whole-milk yogurt, but I would use low-fat.” -Diana Rattray
2 cups unsweetened frozen strawberries
1/2 Cup Cranberry Raspberry Juice
1/4 Cup orange juice
1/2 Cup vanilla yogurt
2 large fresh strawberriesfor garnish
Gather the ingredients.
Place the strawberries in the bottom of a blender or food processor fitted with a metal blade. Add cranberry-raspberry juice and orange juice and top with vanilla yogurt.
Cover and blend immediately until smooth. Scrape the sides if necessary.
Pour into glasses and garnish each with a strawberry. Serve immediately.
- Swap half the strawberries for frozen raspberries or frozen sweet cherries.
- Substitute some of the strawberries for a frozen ripe banana for that classic strawberry-banana flavor and added natural sweetness.
- If you don't have cranberry raspberry juice, substitute more orange juice or milk for a creamier drink.
- For a less sweet smoothie, use plain yogurt. Or swap the vanilla yogurt for strawberry yogurt.
- Swap out the yogurt for frozen yogurt for a more milkshake-like drink.
- If you can find any, tamarillos taste really good in this smoothie.