I use fresh, not frozen, fruit in the base recipe so it 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! See below for variations on this idea.
- 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 one of these variations on the base recipe. You can all all of these ingredients to the blender and blend well until very smooth. Sweeten to taste with honey or maple syrup if needed.
- Strawberry Mango Spinach: 1 cup trimmed fresh strawberries, 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup baby spinach, 1 tablespoon shredded unsweetened coconut, and 1/2 cup frozen mango.
- Strawberry Sweet Potato: 1 cup trimmed fresh or frozen strawberries, 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/4 cup mashed roasted sweet potato, 1/4 cup orange juice, and 1-2 tablespoons hemp seeds.
- Strawberry Mango Cauliflower: 1 cup trimmed fresh strawberries, 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raw cauliflower, 1/2 cup frozen mango, 1-2 tablespoons hemp seeds, and 2 tablespoons rolled oats.
- Strawberry Banana Nut: 1 cup trimmed fresh strawberries, 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raw cauliflower, 1/2 frozen banana, 2 tablespoons cashews, and 1 teaspoon chia seeds.
- Strawberry Cauliflower: 1 cup trimmed frozen strawberries, 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raw cauliflower, 2 tablespoons rolled oats.
- Strawberry Banana Spinach: 1 cup trimmed fresh strawberries, 1 cup plain yogurt, 1-2 tablespoons peanut butter (or almond butter), 1/2 cup baby spinach, 1/2 frozen banana.
Blend the ingredients starting on low, then work up to high, and blend for at least 30 seconds or until very smooth.
Avoid the urge to pack a smoothie with more ingredients than are called for to avoid it becoming too thick.
Choose 1-2 add-ins to add more nutrition to the base recipe.
Choose a variation to change things up!
Use Greek yogurt instead of regular if desired for added protein.
Use an equal amount of nondairy milk in any of the variations for a more classic smoothie recipe.