It's hard in today's busy world to get all the nutrients needed into our bodies on a daily basis, much less into our kids. But, pull out strawberry smoothie recipes that take five minutes to make and taste like a milkshake, and getting your nutrients becomes pretty simple.
When my kids were younger, they were stubborn about eating their fruits and vegetables. Sometimes they still are! During that time, I would do anything to make sure they were getting everything they need to grow healthy and active. That's when I discovered smoothies.
You can add a whole host of fruits and vegetables into a strawberry smoothie recipe, and it will still taste amazing. Good strawberry smoothie recipes are not only a healthy treat for your kids that will boost their nutritional intake, it's a treat for you too!
What Is a Strawberry Smoothie
A strawberry smoothie is a mixture of strawberries and other ingredients combined in a blender to make a smooth and cold tasty beverage. A strawberry smoothie is the healthy cousin of the less healthy milkshake, with a similar texture. Strawberry smoothies are an easy way to boost your nutritional intake without blowing your daily calorie count out of the water.
What's In a strawberry smoothie recipe?
The base of every strawberry smoothie recipe is, of course, strawberries. You can use fresh, but strawberries aren't always in season. Plus, using frozen fruit makes a thicker smoothie, similar to a milkshake. The ingredients you put into your strawberry smoothie recipe is entirely personal to you.
First of all, you want to pick a liquid base, like milk, yogurt, almond milk or juice. Add in the strawberries, and any other fruit you think might go well with it. You don't have to add any other fruit, but if you want to change up your drink, the option is there. You also might want to sweeten your smoothie with some sugar or syrup, to taste.
Strawberry Smoothie Recipes You'll Love
Everyone has their taste, so it's a personal choice as to which strawberry smoothie recipe will be your favorite, so here are four from which you can choose. Most importantly, they all have good reviews and a nice variety, so you're sure to find one you love, at least!
There aren't many ingredients in strawberry smoothie recipes, which is good news for busy people. You probably have most of these ingredients right in your kitchen, so you might not have to take a trip to the store. Next time you want something yummy and good for you, give one of these a try.
B and L's strawberry smoothie
Lisa and Brittany posted this strawberry smoothie recipe on Allrecipes. Over 700 reviews gave this smoothie 4.5 out of 5 stars. Impressive!
Here's is Lisa and Brittany's strawberry smoothie recipe for two.
In your blender, combine all ingredients, excluding the ice. One all the ingredients are mixed, add the ice and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into glasses and serve.
Strawberry pineapple smoothie
Another strawberry smoothie recipe dreamed up by Baked by Rachel would be delicious at breakfast time. The recipe only had four ingredients, so it's super easy, and she says it's bursting with flavor.
The ingredients in Rachel's recipe are sure to give you a big vitamin C boost and sounds like a perfect morning drink. Definitely worth a try.
Grab your blender and toss in all the ingredients. Blend until smooth and serve immediately. This recipe serves two to four people.
Strawberry banana smoothie
You'd be hard pressed to look at too many strawberry smoothie recipes without finding one with banana in it. The two fruits go perfectly together! Gimme Some Oven gives us this five-star classic strawberry smoothie recipe.
Pro-tip: If you want a thicker smoothie, add a frozen banana instead of fresh because it will create a milkshake-like richness.
Here are the ingredients for this easy recipe for two.
Add all ingredients to your blender, and blend them until smooth. Serve immediately and enjoy! If the smoothie is too thick, add more milk. If it's too thin, add more fruit or ice.
Strawberry cheesecake smoothie
The strawberry smoothie recipe from The Suburban Soapbox looks like a milkshake you might get from Sonic. The whipped cream on top is the perfect touch. The strawberry cheesecake smoothie takes only five minutes to make and serves one. Just double the recipe to share with a friend.
Place all the ingredients into a blender and blend until it's smooth. Serve immediately, and don't forget the whipped cream!
Where Did the Strawberry Smoothie Originate?
Fruit blends have been around for a long time in certain cultures, but it wasn't until the 1930's that smoothies made their way into individual households. Not surprisingly, smoothie making coincided with the invention of the blender. When people started buying blenders, they experimented with what they could make with these new kitchen machines. Many households probably tested strawberry smoothie recipes in their private kitchens. But in the 1970's, when the first Smoothie King shop opened, the popularity took off.
In 1973, Steve Kuhnau opened the first Smoothie King in Louisiana and experimented with lots of different ingredients to make the perfect smoothie for everyone, including strawberry. People saw how quickly they could fit all their nutritional needs into a frothy delicious drink, and that made manufacturers take notice.
Since the 70's, Kahuna's experiments inspired several companies to come out with their line of smoothie drinks in every fruit flavor you can imagine. Strawberry smoothie recipes from simple ingredients have been a staple drink in many households and grocery stores for decades.
A strawberry smoothie recipe's nutritional punch
The nutritional value of a strawberry smoothie varies based on which strawberry smoothie recipe you choose to make. The most basic from the strawberry smoothie recipes, taking frozen strawberries and adding ice gives you a massive shot of vitamin C, potassium, and some fiber.
The more ingredients you add to your strawberry smoothie, the wider the variety of nutrients you will consume. That's what is so great about strawberry smoothie recipes because they're completely customizable. If you need some calcium, add milk or yogurt. If you need extra iron, add spinach. Feeling like you don't get enough protein in your diet? Toss in a scoop of protein powder. You can make or choose a strawberry smoothie recipe that gives you the nutrients you need.
The Best Times To Drink Your Strawberry Smoothie
Strawberry smoothies are appropriate to drink at any time. They're a great addition to balance out a meal, or they can be a snack. The recipe above with orange juice would make a great drink to go along with a delicious breakfast. What a great way to start the day!
You could choose strawberry smoothie recipes that would be a delicious dessert, like the strawberry cheesecake recipe! Perfect.
Similar to the fact there are infinite strawberry smoothie recipes you could dream up to fit the nutrients you need, there are just as many times to drink them. The recipes can have more calories for a meal replacement or adjusted to fewer calories to go with a meal. It's up to you.
One thing is for sure: Any strawberry smoothie is a sweet drink on a hot summer's day.
Dust Off That Blender
As you can see, strawberry smoothie recipes are versatile and can be customized to fit your goals and your taste buds. Imagine serving strawberry smoothies in handled jar mugs with fancy straws and fresh strawberries on top at your next BBQ or birthday party. Pretty and delicious.
It's time to break out the blender, gather some ingredients, and blend yourself a yummy strawberry treat. In roughly five minutes, you'll make something that will tickle your taste buds and boost your nutrition all at the same time. So, choose from these strawberry smoothie recipes or design your own, or both. Whatever strawberry smoothie you decide on, you're minutes away from strawberry goodness. So, drink up and enjoy!