This easy and healthy strawberry smoothie recipe with only four ingredients can make a new revitalizing drink for your meals. It takes 15 minutes to create four servings, with simple ingredients that are not only kid-friendly but also adjustable and easily preserved.
Is Strawberry Smoothie Healthy?
Yes, it is. This strawberry smoothie recipe can offer us a lot more than just a tasty and refreshing drink.
There are many reasons why people consume smoothies on a regular basis. Smoothies make convenient ways to consume enough fruits and vegetables, and at the same time, keep you hydrated easily. This 4-ingredient strawberry smoothie recipe is no exception. It helps you stay full for a long time, and prevents sudden cravings of unhealthy snacks and junk food in the middle of the day
Strawberry is one of nature’s most versatile and tasty fruits. It’s a good source of natural antioxidants. Strawberry can help reduce the risk of cataracts and cancer, prevent heart disease, improve brain health, keep your wrinkles at bay, and aid in weight loss.
Strawberry is also low in calories and rich in vitamins, including vitamin C and phenolic compounds. A cup of strawberry can fulfill our daily requirements of this important nutrient. This comes with great health benefits: a boost for our immunity system and an improvement for skin health, and also a helping hand to fight against inflammation, hair loss, arthritis, and gout.
How to make Healthy Strawberry Smoothie Recipe?
There are only 4 easy-to-find ingredients in this lovely drink: strawberry, whole milk, sugar, and ice cubes.
First, 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. 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.
Next, we add all the chopped strawberries, whole milk, and sugar to the blender. Cover the blender with lid, push the button and give the mixture some good whirls. Please note that if you wish to also blend the ice cubes into the smoothie, you need to purée the strawberries first before adding ice cubes in to crush. The blender needs the liquid ready at the bottom to work it off as a base. After everything’s ready, select ice blend mode on your blender to gradually pulse and crush ice, otherwise you’ll damage the blender with the normal mode. If your blender isn’t composed with a special mode for crushing ice, be patient and repeat the hit-pause motion manually to slowly grind the ice cubes.
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. The ice cubes can be added after we finish blending if you want a really dense and concentrated juice.
The amount of each ingredient is entirely up to you. You might want to play around with the ingredients a few times to develop the smoothie that perfectly meets your taste.
If you’re seeking a little improvisation, you might also want to take a look at this strawberry banana smoothie. Regardless of the additional ingredients, don’t forget to add the final touch by garnishing with the strawberry we saved earlier (and maybe a cocktail umbrella, too).
Strawberry Smoothie with Yogurt
In our honest opinion, Greek yogurt is the best choice for smoothies since it’s low in calorie, and has a particularly rich and creamy texture. Your strawberry smoothie will possibly lean heavily on the Greek yogurt, making it a protein-rich beverage with better weight-loss effects. Adding Greek yogurt to your meals can also make you feel full for longer and prevent weight gain.
Consuming healthy fat helps improve brain functions and also prevents strokes. So if you’re making a strawberry smoothie for your toddlers, it is advised to make it with whole milk plain yogurt. Doing this, you can decide whether to add sugar to the drink and with which amount so it’ll taste best.
Nevertheless, you’d better be careful feeding Greek yogurt smoothies to toddlers and babies, since it would be a little hard for them to properly digest such protein-rich ingredient. Our suggestion is to feed toddlers with a small serving of Greek yogurt in the first place to see how they can deal with it.
Strawberry Smoothie Without Yogurt
It’s fine if adding Greek yogurt is not how you usually do smoothies.
Although many strawberry smoothie recipes rely much on yogurt to make it a smooth and creamy base for the drink, it’s absolutely ok to stay without it. You can easily get the thick and velvety texture for your smoothie by adding coconut milk as a replacement. If you prefer strawberry smoothie be thin and diluted, simply stay with whole milk and that’ll be good enough.
Healthy Strawberry Smoothie Recipe
- 10 oz strawberry
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1 tbsp sugar
- Ice cubes
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- Cut a strawberry halfway through for garnishing, then cut the rest into large chunks.
- Place strawberries, milk, sugar, and ice cubes in the blender and cover the blender with lid.
- Puree for 10 – 15 seconds or until smooth.
- Pour the smoothie in a glass, garnish with a strawberry and serve immediately.
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