Start your morning off right with this Strawberry Smoothie recipe!
It can be really difficult to leave behind certain habits in making the transition from eating yuckiness to eating healthy food. There are just certain cravings that tend to stick with you when you’ve been eating a particular way for years and years.
Luckily, this strawberry smoothie recipe will help curb your cravings for something sweet and something like ice cream! It has a pure strawberry taste that you will love.
Are Breakfast Smoothies Healthy?
Yes and no. The real answer is, it depends on what you put into your smoothie. A smoothie can either be super healthy or a sugar-filled dessert. It’s totally up to you! In this case, as long as you can tolerate dairy, this is pretty darn healthy! It’s got great bacteria for the gut and berries which are packed with antioxidants. And if you use any sweetener at all, you can choose whatever healthy sweetener you are comfortable using. I often opt for pure liquid stevia.
Tips For A Great Smoothie
You can use this same recipe to make other flavors. Try a blackberry, raspberry, or blueberry smoothie!
You can easily use a frozen berry as well. This will give you a thicker, but still creamy texture. Almost like soft-serve ice cream!
You can add ice cubes to this yogurt smoothie for that extra chilled and thickened texture.
This smoothie recipe is gluten-free and can be made sugar-free by using sweet strawberries so that the sweetener is unnecessary. You can also try alternative sweeteners such as pure liquid stevia or monk fruit.
For a little additional healthy fat, you can blend in some soaked cashews.
If you end up with a smoothie that is too thick, you can easily add a little bit of water or unsweetened fruit juice (apple works great!) to thin it out a bit.
If you want to round this out a bit, you can add any of the following:
- Pineapple juice for extra fluid and sweetness
- Orange juice for a nice fruity flavor
- Raw oats to make this more filling (about a ¼ cup)
- Other berries
- Try frozen berries to make this more like a soft-serve yogurt or a soft ice cream. Just be aware you may need to add a little bit of liquid to avoid burning out the motor on your blender.
- Mint leaves or mint extract
- Protein powder
- Chia seeds
- Vanilla extract
- Nut butter
- Almond butter
- Handfuls of spinach
Dairy-Free Strawberry Smoothie (Vegan Smoothie)
If you need dairy-free options, use full-fat coconut milk from a can (not the refrigerated stuff which often has added sugar). And if you opt to use sweetener, try maple syrup or monk fruit. Any vegan sweetener, if that’s what you need.
If you want to go lower on the fat but still have this be thick and creamy, use unsweetened almond milk and use frozen berries.
Making milkshakes out of smoothies is a time-honored tradition. If you want this to be dessert instead of breakfast, a simple scoop of vanilla ice cream blended in will do the trick.
Strawberry Chocolate Smoothie
If you want a little chocolate flavor in your strawberry smoothie, I don’t blame you. A chocolate strawberry smoothie is similar to eating chocolate-covered strawberries. Yum! An easy, healthy way to do that is to add 1 to 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder to the blender.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
If you like the strawberry banana combo, simply blend in a medium banana. Easy!
Strawberry Smoothie Ingredients
1 cup kefir – This should be plain, not flavored. Flavored kefir tends to have a ton of added, processed sugar. If you can’t find kefir, you can use plain Greek yogurt instead.
1 cup strawberries – measure whole. You can use fresh or frozen strawberries.
1 tbsp. honey – optional, if the strawberries aren’t very sweet.
How To Make A Strawberry Smoothie
Put the kefir in a blender cup with the strawberries and honey (if using).
Blend until smooth.
Please note, these prices were true at the time of calculation. Prices will vary from region to region and from store to store.
1 cup kefir (plain)
1 cup whole strawberries
1 tbsp. honey
COST PER SERVING
Best Smoothie Blenders
I swear by two brands of blenders. I’ve used both and love them both.
More Healthy Smoothie Recipes
- Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie
- Spicy Sweet California Strawberry Smoothie
- Raspberry Coconut Smoothie
- Cinnmamon Apple Smoothie
Simple Strawberry Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup kefir (plain)
- 1 cup strawberries (whole)
- 1 tbsp. honey (optional – if the strawberries aren’t very sweet)
- Put the kefir in a blender cup with the strawberries and honey (if using).
- Blend until smooth.
Recipe from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted 8/7/09.