How to make strawberry smoothies. In the spring, strawberries are bountiful and fresh in markets. When making smoothie with milk or water, if you add lemon to flavor the food naturally.
Smoothies are a great way to start the day, it’s refreshing and delicious. It’s very healthy too! Here’s how you can make strawberry smoothies by following the simple steps and easy to understand recipes provided below:
Healthy Strawberry Smoothie Recipe
This Healthy Strawberry Smoothie recipe is sweet, creamy, and full of nutrition! And with plenty of options for customizing this refreshing recipe, there’s something for everyone to love.
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The Easiest Strawberry Smoothie Recipe
Here we are again with the non-recipe recipes.
The thing is, we love smoothies. The kids love drinking them—they are a healthy, sweet treat that’s relatively easy to take with them when they’re outside playing.
And I love that I can pack them full of basically everything they need: fruit, protein, fiber, grains—even veggies if I were really trying! So as far as I’m concerned, smoothies are win-win around here.
That’s reason enough to bring you this pretty pink drink today, right?
I’m fairly confident that this strawberry smoothie (and this Pineapple Smoothie, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie, and this Mango Smoothie!) are the instant-breakfast magic that gets us through our busy days!
What You’ll Need
This strawberry smoothie recipe is a basic one—why complicate things unnecessarily? It makes a great starting point, and you can customize (or not!) in lots of different ways.
- Milk: My smoothie starts with a low fat milk, but you can use skim, whole, or non-dairy milk. You could even use juice instead.
- Yogurt: Greek yogurt thickens the smoothie, and adds protein.
- Banana: A frozen banana, cut in chunks, makes the smoothie sweet and creamy without adding extra sugar!
- Strawberries: You can use fresh or frozen strawberries, whichever you have. (Try swapping the strawberries for blueberries and make this Blueberry Smoothie recipe!)
How Do You Make a Strawberry Smoothie?
While it’s hard to go wrong putting yummy things in a blender, there is an order to the process that works well. I recommend starting with the liquid on the bottom, to help with pureeing, and layering the other ingredients in order from soft to firm. See more tips on How to Make a Smoothie here!
- Add the Liquids. In this case, a cup of low-fat milk goes into the blender first.
- Add the Yogurt, If Using. I do think that using strawberry-flavored Greek yogurt makes a difference in this smoothie. The tangy-sweet flavor and thick, creamy texture of Greek yogurt is really good! But if you don’t have or want to use yogurt, feel free to leave it out.
- Add the Fruit. I prefer to use frozen fruit, because it makes the smoothie thicker and colder.
- Add the Ice. Not everyone uses ice, but it does thicken the smoothie and chill it even more.
- Blend and Serve!
Tips and Variations
Okay, so that’s the basic recipe! Easy, right? Now for the customizing (fun!). Here are my favorite tips and hacks for making this smoothie your own:
- Dairy Free: You can easily make this strawberry smoothie dairy free by omitting the milk and yogurt, and substituting almond or coconut milk and dairy-free yogurt instead. You can also omit the yogurt entirely, if you prefer, or swap it for another frozen banana.
- Sweeten Things Up: If your strawberries aren’t very sweet, you may want to add a bit of honey to the smoothie.
Easy 5-Minute Strawberry Smoothie
My go-to strawberry smoothie! You need less than five minutes to make this easy strawberry smoothie. Use our simple recipe on its own or use it as a base for other smoothies.
Why You Should Make This Strawberry Smoothie
I’ve made a version of this easy smoothie recipe more times than I can count. It’s perfect on its own and is the best base recipe for adding more ingredients
Here are a few more reasons we love it:
- You need less than 5 minutes to make it.
- You can use fresh or frozen fruit. In fact, frozen strawberries make the smoothie extra creamy.
- It’s easy to adapt to what you have in the kitchen.
- This smoothie is perfect for breakfast or a snack.
- Kids love it!
- You can make the smoothie ahead of time, freeze it, and save for later. Details below.
How to make the best strawberry smoothie
Our basic smoothie recipe calls for four simple ingredients:
Strawberries — I love adding a heaping cup of whole strawberries and particularly enjoy when the smoothie is made with frozen berries. For a smoothie made with blueberries, try our easy blueberry smoothie recipe.
Banana — I use one banana to make one large or two smaller (kid-size) smoothies. For the best tasting smoothie, use a ripe banana. For the creamiest smoothie, use frozen banana slices (I’ve shared how I freeze fruit for smoothies below).
Half an orange — When I have oranges in the house, I love adding them to my morning smoothie. It adds extra vitamin C and tropical flavor. If you don’t have oranges on hand, don’t worry, you can substitute other fruits like mango, pineapple, and berries.
Milk (dairy or non-dairy) — To help the ingredients blend, I like adding some liquid to the blender. For a smoothie without milk, use water. It still tastes amazing. For more creaminess use milk (dairy or non-dairy both work).
To make the smoothie, I add everything into a blender, and then blend until smooth. For an icy cold smoothie, throw in a handful of ice or use frozen fruits.
When making smoothies, I used to overdo the ingredient list, but now I like to keep things really simple. I love this smoothie with just the basic ingredients shared above, but every once in a while, I add an extra ingredient or two. Here are some suggestions:
- Add more fruit (fresh or frozen). I love mango, pineapple, and berries.
- Add greens like spinach, kale, or Swiss chard. I add one to two cups. (Note that adding greens to this will make the color of the smoothie brown).
- Add healthy fat with some avocado.
- Add more protein and fiber with hemp seeds, chia seeds, or your favorite protein powder.
- Add nuttiness and extra sticking power with a tablespoon of peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter or other nut butter.
- Add some chocolate with a tablespoon of cocoa powder or my favorite, cacao nibs.
- Add fresh ginger or turmeric or add dried spices like ground cinnamon or ground turmeric.
How to freeze fruit for smoothies
To make smoothies even easier, freeze fresh fruit into portions. You can even prepare smoothie packs and freeze them for a grab and blend smoothie option.
To freeze fruit for smoothies, rinse and chop fresh fruit into small pieces. Pat them dry then arrange, in one layer, on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Slide the baking sheet into the freezer and freeze until hard (two to three hours). For bananas, peel them, slice and then arrange on the baking sheet.
When the fruit is hard, divide it between freezer-safe bags and keep in the freezer for your next smoothie.
Strawberry Smoothie Recipe (with Step by Step Photos)
Among all other fruit smoothies, strawberry smoothie is one of the most sought after summer smoothies due to its irresistible taste and health benefits. This recipe prepares refreshing, healthy and creamy drink with fresh strawberries, yogurt, milk and sugar.
Preparation Time: 10 minutesServes: 2 servingsPrint RecipeCooking Measurements
|1 cup fresh or frozen Ripe Strawberries (approx. 8-10 strawberries)|
|1/2 cup Vanilla or Strawberry Yogurt|
|1/2 cup Milk|
|1 teaspoon Sugar (or to taste)|
|2 whole Strawberries with Leaves (for garnishing), optional|
- Wash fresh strawberries, remove stems and put them in a blender jar.
- Add vanilla yogurt, milk and sugar.
- Blend until smooth puree. Slit two strawberries halfway through the center. Slide each one of them on rim of two glasses. Pour prepared smoothie in garnished glasses and serve.
- Add 1/2 cup crushed ice or 2-ice cubes for slushy smoothie.
- Use honey instead of sugar as a healthy option.
Taste: Sweet strawberry tasteServing Ideas: It is the best way to enjoy fresh strawberries during its season. Serve strawberry smoothie as breakfast drink or as a welcome drink in all kinds of parties and to kids as well.
Perfect Strawberry Smoothie
Here’s the most perfect strawberry smoothie you’ll find! It’s easy to blend up and has the best creamy texture and fruity flavor.
Have you met a perfect strawberry smoothie? Smoothies aren’t as easy to throw together it seems. Sure, you can throw random fruit and yogurt in the blender and whiz it up. But for the perfect creamy texture and the perfect just sweet enough fruit flavor? You’ve got to know something about smoothies. Alex and I have finally found our perfect strawberry smoothie recipe, which is below. Make it, memorize it, and make a perfect healthy smoothie on repeat!
What makes it a perfect strawberry smoothie?
Alex and I have been cooking for years and have a vegetarian cookbook under our belt, have mastered techniques like sourdough bread and pizza and lots of cocktails. So we decided: why not master smoothies? We started with this strawberry smoothie recipe. Here’s what it’s perfect, to us:
- Light and creamy texture. It’s easy for smoothies to turn out too icy or thick. This one is light and creamy, with just the right icy and airy texture.
- Subtly sweet, fruity flavor. Flavor is the variable: often smoothies are too bitter or overly sweet. It’s also easy to cover up the “signature” flavor. This strawberry smoothie is lightly sweet, with just the right berry essence.
Ingredients for this strawberry smoothie
Here’s what you’ll need to make this strawberry smoothie! Alex and I were careful to choose healthy ingredients for this smoothie: no overly sugary juices or syrups. Here’s what we selected:
- Frozen strawberries: It’s easy to find and store frozen berries, and they add a great icy texture to this smoothie. If you want to use fresh berries, use a frozen banana.
- Fresh banana: Our pet peeve is smoothie recipes that call for frozen bananas, because we never keep them on hand! Usually we want a smoothie recipe now. So we customized this one to use a fresh banana.
- Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt gives this recipe a protein boost and helpful probiotics. (If you love yogurt you could add a touch more.) It also makes for a perfect creamy texture.
- Ice: Here’s the most important part — ice is essential to a perfect strawberry smoothie! It makes just the right frothy texture. We’ve tried it without and it really makes a difference. Do not omit it!
- Milk: You need just the right amount of liquid in a smoothie to get it to blend. Not enough and the blender gets stuck (the worst!), and too much it tastes milky. You can also use non-dairy (see below).
- Maple syrup: Adding a hint of maple brings out the sweetness in the berries. If you eat a low sugar diet you could omit, but it doesn’t quite taste sweet enough with no sweetener.