If you’re in the mood for something cool, refreshing, and nutritious it’s hard to find a better drink than a strawberry smoothie. Strawberries are a popular choice for smoothies because they mix well with most any other kind of fruit, they add a bright color to your drink and they provide a naturally sweet flavor. Best of all, a delicious strawberry smoothie is good for you! When the days are hot and you need healthy refreshment, just use one of these four recipes to whip up a delicious strawberry based smoothie.
A great choice is the mango strawberry banana smoothie. This smoothie is not only a treat for your taste buds; it’s also very visually appealing. It is built in two colorful layers, with the vibrant red from the strawberries on the top and the orange from the mangoes on the bottom. The whole process takes a bit of time, but between the taste and the visuals, it’s well worth the time. For the bottom layer you will need one mango peeled, pitted and chopped, one half cup of orange juice, one tablespoon lime juice, two tablespoons of honey, and three medium ice cubes. For the top layer you will need one chopped banana, ten strawberries cut in half, one tablespoon of lime juice, and three medium ice cubes. Using a blender puree the ingredients for the bottom half and split them amongst two 8 oz. glasses. Set the glass aside. Then, rinse your blender and puree the ingredients for the top layer. Fill the remaining space of the 8 oz. glasses with the strawberry mixture. Voila! You now have a delicious mango strawberry banana smoothie.
If you enjoy a touch of carrot, consider a strawberry peach carrot smoothie. The carrot replaces the banana in most smoothies and adds a bit of sweetness to your drink. You will need one peeled medium carrot, one fresh peach, about six frozen strawberries, one half container of vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt, and one tablespoon of flax seed oil. Using your blender, puree all of the ingredients together until the concoction is a bit runny. The smoothie can maintain a yogurt like texture if you don’t blend it thoroughly enough.
For the adventurous smoothie drinkers, a creamy blackberry smoothie might be for you. Blend two scoops of vanilla ice cream, one and one half cups of frozen blackberries, one half cup of strawberries, one cup of milk, one teaspoon of lime juice (for a bit of tartness) together until the mixture is creamy. When it is done, add a dollop of whipped cream and enjoy.
If you would like a very simple strawberry smoothie try this recipe. The ingredients include two and one half cups of strawberries, one half cup of Jumex Strawberry Nectar, one pitted peach, one cup of low fat plain yogurt and two cups of ice. Blend all of the ingredients together for a deliciously classic strawberry smoothie. The strawberry nectar acts to give the smoothie a nice kick of sweetness that it would otherwise lack.