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This spicy strawberry smoothie is light, refreshing, and has a lil’ bit of kick!
I love the healthfulness of a smoothie first thing in the morning. It always gets my day off to a great start. These types of easy recipes come together so fast on weekday mornings, and the flavors are unbeatable. They make a great mid-day snack too!
Are Strawberry Smoothies Healthy?
It all depends on what you put in them! If you use healthy ingredients, then you’ll have a healthy smoothie. Simple as that! In this case, yes. It’s definitely healthy, and smoothies can be a really great part of a healthy diet, especially because it gives you several servings of fruits and vegetables each morning.
Can I Use Yogurt Instead Of Milk In My Spicy Strawberry Smoothie?
You sure can! Either plain yogurt or Greek yogurt will work. You may want to add a bit more sweetener, but it should work fine. I only caution that you may need to add a tiny bit of milk or water still to keep from stressing your blender. The combination of frozen berries and yogurt can get really thick, really fast. So you’ll still want to keep some liquid on hand. How much you use will depend on the consistency you want in your smoothie. It’s possible you may need up to a full cup of water. But start small and add as needed. As for the yogurt, use a half cup.
How Can I Spice Up My Smoothie?
Cayenne pepper isn’t the only way to spice things up. Jalapeño peppers are great for this too. A jalapeno strawberry smoothie is delicious! You can simply blend one into your smoothie, with or without the seeds, depending on how spicy you actually want it.
Can I Add Protein Powder To This?
Sure! I recommend an unflavored powder, though, unless you really want the addition of other flavors. And while it may not add as much protein, you can also add nut butter, such as almond butter. It will thicken the smoothie as well.
About The Ingredients
Frozen strawberries – Unsweetened.
Cucumber – Peeled and coarsely chopped.
Unsweetened oat milk – You can use regular milk if you wish. Any kind of unsweetened non-dairy milk will work. Consider almond milk or light coconut milk.
Lemon juice – Can be fresh or bottled (with no added sugar)
Sweetener – Honey works well here, but most sweeteners will work fine.
How To Make A Spicy Strawberry Smoothie
Place all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth.
Season to taste with cayenne, honey, and salt.
Garnish and serve.
Storing Leftover Spicy Strawberry Smoothie
Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
Freezing A Spicy Strawberry Smoothie
You can freeze this into popsicles. However, I recommend adding extra sweetener because the level of sweetness goes down when you freeze something like this.
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Spicy Strawberry Smoothie
- ½ lb. frozen strawberries (hulled – unsweetened if frozen)
- ½ medium cucumber (peeled and coarsely chopped)
- ½ cup unsweetened oat milk (almond or coconut milk work too)
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- ¼ tsp. ground cayenne pepper (or to taste – I used more!)
- honey to taste
- Place all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth.
- Season to taste with cayenne, honey and salt.
- Garnish and serve.