For a refreshing fruity snack or breakfast that even picky eaters will love, make a strawberry smoothie. It's nutritious, with vitamins and nutrients from the fruit as well as protein from yogurt, but it's also fun and sweet enough to serve as a frosty dessert. Swap out your next milkshake for this smoothie, and you won't be disappointed.
A strawberry smoothie can be made with fresh or frozen strawberries. If you're using fresh berries, add a few ice cubes to cool it down. If you're using frozen strawberries, look for presliced frozen strawberries, since they are easier to blend. Whole berries will work, too; just make sure to blend long enough to achieve a smooth consistency. (Bonus: Using frozen berries means you don't need to add ice.) If you have a high-powered blender, smoothie-making will go a lot easier than an old-fashioned blender, which tends to have a more difficult time completely incorporating all the ingredients, especially ones that are frozen. Try using a food processor if you're not sure if your blender is up to the task, or use all fresh fruit in your smoothie and add the ice at the very end of the blending process.
This simple smoothie is easy to customize according to your tastes or what you have on hand. Swap out part of the strawberries for a frozen ripe banana for a strawberry-banana version, or use regular yogurt for a less sweet smoothie. Replace the cranberry-raspberry juice or orange juice with other fruit juices such as apple juice or white grape juice. Alternatively, you can swap out one with milk or non-dairy option for a creamier drink. As long as the proportions stay the same, let your imagination run wild.
Serve immediately or pour into an insulated cup with a straw and take it with you. Smoothies are a great grab-and-go breakfast or snack, especially on a hot day, and kids will love this perfectly sweet strawberry version.
- 2 cups frozen strawberries (unsweetened)
- 1/2 cup cranberry-raspberry juice
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
- Garnish: 2 fresh strawberries
Gather the ingredients.
Place the strawberries in the bottom of a blender or food processor fitted with a metal blade. Add the cranberry-raspberry juice and orange juice and top with vanilla yogurt.
Cover and immediately blend until smooth, scraping down the sides if needed.
Pour into glasses and garnish each with a strawberry. Serve immediately.
What Is the Best Liquid to Use in a Smoothie?
Some excellent choices include yogurt, milk, almond milk, coconut milk, coconut water, non-dairy milk, cold coffee, juice, and iced tea.
How Can I Make a Healthier Smoothie?
Add some whey protein to your smoothie, and use coconut water if it needs to be thinned. Avocados, nut butters, and silken tofu are some other good options for nutrients and protein.
- Swap half of the strawberries for frozen raspberries or frozen sweet cherries.
- Replace some of the strawberries for a frozen ripe banana for classic strawberry-banana flavor and added natural sweetness.
- If you don't have cranberry-raspberry juice, replace it with more orange juice or milk for a creamier drink.
- Use plain yogurt for a less sweet smoothie.
- Swap the vanilla yogurt for strawberry yogurt.
- Swap the yogurt for frozen yogurt for a more milkshake-like drink.