This easy healthy strawberry smoothie recipe with only four ingredients can make a new revitalizing drink for your meals.
This drink calls for simple ingredients that are not only kid-friendly but also adjustable and easily preserved. It also helps you stay full for a whole day without bearing sudden cravings of unhealthy snacks and junk food.
What Is Strawberry?
Strawberry is a red and heart-shaped fruit that belongs to the rose family. It’s one of the most popular fruits in the world and available in countless of dishes.
Strawberry can either be eaten raw or cooked. Normally, its growing season peaks in the late summer.
Is Strawberry a Fruit?
Surprise not— strawberry isn’t botanically a berry! Strawberry is an aggregate of multiple individual fruits— to be exact.
Each of its sweet and tiny fruits all surrounds a seed, and is embedded in a fleshy plant’s stem. These tiny fruits are called “achenes” and are actually the ovaries of the flower.
Are Strawberries Good for You?
Strawberry is one of nature’s most versatile and tasty fruits and is also a good source of natural antioxidants. Strawberry can help reduce risks of cataracts and cancer, prevent heart disease, improve brain health, and aid in weight loss.
A cup of strawberry can fulfill our daily requirements of important nutrients. It’s low in calories and rich in vitamins— including vitamin C and phenolic compounds.
Strawberry is also an immunity system boost, anti-inflammation and anti hair-loss agent. It also helps on skin health improvement.
First of all, you need to carefully sort out the ripe, succulent strawberries for the smoothie. Rinse them well, slice every one of them in half horizontally to save the leafy top for garnish later.
After that, remove the stems of the remaining part using the tip of a paring knife, then cut them into chunks. The smaller the chunks are, the quicker and easier it will be to create a perfectly smooth and silky result.
How to Make a Strawberry Smoothie
Step 1: Prep
Wash and roughly chop the strawberries, set some aside for garnishing later.
Step 2: Put ingredients in the blender
Place strawberries, milk, sugar, and ice cubes in the blender. Cover with a lid.
Step 3: Blend
Blend everything until smooth (puréed).
Step 4: Serve
Pour the smoothie into serving glasses and garnish with strawberry slices. Serve immediately.
What Goes Good with Strawberries
There are many reasons why people consume smoothies on a regular basis. It’s a convenient way to consume enough fruits and vegetables, and at the same time, keep you hydrated easily.
This 4-ingredient strawberry smoothie recipe is no exception.
The amount of each ingredient in this strawberry smoothie is totally adjustable and up to your interest. Aside from the natural sweetness of strawberries, here what you can get from this drink.
1. Greek Yogurt
In our honest opinion, Greek yogurt is the best choice for smoothies. It’s a healthy source of fat, low in calories, and has a particularly rich and creamy texture.
Adding Greek yogurt to your meals can also make you feel full for longer and prevent weight gain. Therefore, in this strawberry smoothie recipe, we purposedly make it lean heavily on Greek yogurt.
Nevertheless, if you’re feeding smoothies to toddlers and babies, you’d better be careful when using Greek yogurt.
As Greek yogurt is rich in protein, it might be hard for them to properly digest it. Our suggestion is to feed toddlers with a small serving first to see how they can deal with it.
Although yogurt is used in most smoothie recipes as a creamy base, it’s absolutely fine to leave it out.
You can easily get the thick and velvety texture by replacing yogurt with coconut milk. If you prefer strawberry smoothie be thin and diluted, simply stay with whole milk and that’ll be good enough.
The amount of strawberries and milk is totally adjustable, so add more berries if the smoothie is too thin, or more milk if it’s too thick.
You can also replace milk with unsweetened almond milk or soy milk for a vegan and dairy-free smoothie.
If you want to blend the ice cubes into the smoothie, you’ll need to make the strawberry purée first. The blender needs some liquid at the bottom to work it off as a base before ice cubes are added.
After everything’s ready, select ice blend mode on your blender to gradually pulse and crush ice.
If your blender isn’t composed with a special mode for crushing ice, be patient and repeat the hit-pause motion manually. It’s better to slowly grind the ice cubes that way rather than using mode to prevent damaging the blender.
If you’re seeking a little improvisation, you might want to take a look at this strawberry banana smoothie.
Strawberry banana smoothie is a delicious and reviving way to enjoy both fruits in one serving of smoothie. It only takes some extra berries, chops of banana, and more fresh milk!
Essential nutrients and vitamins served in a yummy way!
How Long Does Strawberry Smoothie Last?
Strawberry smoothie takes only 15 minutes to make but can last for up to 2-3 days in the fridge. Spend some time to make this rejuvenating drink in the morning and you’ll get to enjoy it several days later.
Don’t feel like you can finish it within a few days time? No worry, simply put it to the freezer.
This is a classic strawberry smoothie recipe that calls for only four ingredients and takes you only 10 minutes to make! It’s a refreshing and rejuvenating summer drink that bursts with flavor.
Frozen Strawberry Smoothie
If you find yourself with leftovers, please rest assured that frozen strawberry smoothie can last up to 3 months. This is the solution for those who accidentally made a huge cup of smoothie and cannot finish it in one go.
However, we’d suggest you to freeze fresh strawberries in batches instead. Freshly made smoothies always taste best, aren’t they?
By freezing fresh strawberries, you’ll have them ready to blend any time you feel like drinking. Adding frozen strawberries is also a wonderful way to thicken your smoothie naturally.
Healthy Strawberry Smoothie Recipe
- 10 oz strawberry
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1 tbsp sugar
- Ice cubes
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- Wash and roughly chop the strawberries, set some aside for garnishing later.
- Place strawberries, milk, sugar, and ice cubes in the blender and cover the blender with a lid.
- Blend everything until smooth (puréed).
- Pour the smoothie into serving glasses and garnish with strawberry slices. Serve immediately.
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