If your kids love those expensive bottles of drinkable yogurt at the grocery store or you’re simply looking for a super simple (and super yummy!) smoothie recipe, you have to try this one! It’s a strawberry smoothie recipe made with 3 simple ingredients to fuel your kids with the nutrition they need. Plus, you can control the amount of added sweetener!
Healthy Yogurt Smoothie
A simple yogurt smoothie made with just yogurt, fresh strawberries, a little lemon juice, and some maple syrup or honey is a super yummy way to serve up a toddler breakfast or snack. We love this strawberry smoothie alongside crackers or a muffin for a more substantial meal, or as a stand alone snack. It has all of the natural sweetness you want in a kid smoothie, plus protein, calcium, Vitamin C and fiber. My toddler drinks it from a straw cup or in a reusable Squeasy Gear Pouch. (I drink it from a regular glass!)
Homemade Drinkable Yogurt
We love the Siggi’s strawberry drinkable yogurt, but it’s hard to find the larger bottles where we live—and each little bottle is fairly expensive. And since my toddler enjoys yogurt smoothies a few times a week, making a version at home seemed like a great solution that would also save me money. I also love that this strawberry smoothie is packed with fresh strawberries, which is handy for those days when the kids aren’t interested in eating their fruit straight up.
How to Make this Strawberry Smoothie Recipe, Step-by-Step
Here’s a look at the process in making this recipe:
- Wash, dry, and remove the stem from your berries. Slice to fill a measuring cup.
- Measure out the yogurt and cut a slice of lemon.
- Add the strawberries and yogurt to a blender. Blend until super smooth!
- Taste and add optional lemon juice (if the berries aren’t super flavorful) and sweetener (if the berries aren’t very sweet) and blend again to combine well. Serve chilled!
Probiotics for Babies and Toddlers
The probiotics in yogurt can help the digestive and immune systems of both babies and toddlers and can help avoid constipation and from getting sick so often. Yogurt is an excellent source of probiotics—just look for a brand that lists that it contains live strains of probiotics to make sure that you’re getting the good stuff. This strawberry smoothie recipe can be served to babies and toddlers of all ages. Just omit the added sweetener if desired for your kiddo.
Greek Yogurt Smoothie
You can make this yogurt smoothie with Greek yogurt if you prefer. The result will be slightly thicker, but it will also contain more protein. This may make the strawberry smoothie more filling in your toddler’s belly and length the time they can go between snacks and meals. Try it both ways and see what you think—and if your toddler has a thickness preference!
Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie (No Banana!)
Unlike many smoothies, this strawberry smoothie recipe doesn’t include any bananas. It’s a nice change of pace and is also a great option for kids who are allergic or can’t tolerate bananas. It’s still creamy though—that’s where the yogurt comes in! I suggest using full-fat whole milk plain yogurt here for creaminess and because toddlers need fats. It will taste great and will give that rich flavor that the store bought drinkable yogurts do so well.
Can I use other fruit in this kid smoothie recipe?
Mango, either fresh or frozen and thawed, is so good in this recipe. As are canned peaches in light syrup, drained of most of the juices. You can use banana, though you’ll want to drink it right away and skip the lemon juice. You can use raspberries but you may need to strain them if you can’t get the seeds totally smooth. (Blueberries are not a good option—they turn the yogurt a super odd texture!)
A simple yogurt smoothie made with just yogurt, fresh strawberries, a little lemon juice, and some maple syrup or honey is a super yummy way to serve up a toddler breakfast or snack. I use fresh, not frozen, fruit here so this smoothie has the consistency of drinkable yogurt. This also makes it possible to use a full cup of fruit and maintain a drinkable consistency. If the fruit is in the fridge, the drink is a perfect temperature!
- 1 cup plain whole milk yogurt
- 1 cup trimmed and sliced strawberries
- Fresh lemon juice. optional
- Maple syrup, agave, or honey, optional
- Add the yogurt and berries to the blender. Blend until very (very) smooth for about 30-60 seconds.
- Taste and add a few drops of fresh lemon juice and a little sweetener as needed. The amount you add will depend on your fruit. If it tastes a little bland or flat, add both lemon and and 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon sweetener of choice. If it tastes just great, you don’t have to add either!
- Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for 2 days in the fridge, shaking well before serving. (If you plan to store it, do add the lemon juice.)
Try fresh or frozen and thawed mango, canned peaches in light syrup (drained), or fresh raspberries, instead of strawberries.
Use plain Greek yogurt.