The Shady Porch: Refreshing Summertime Strawberry Smoothies

7.28.2011

Refreshing Summertime Strawberry Smoothies

We love smoothies! A fruit smoothie is a quick snack that can both refresh in a snap or bring on brain freeze (pace is the key!) Our house smoothie is a no-measure, eyeball-it version that depends entirely on the stock on hand.
We usually have some fresh fruit in the fridge (strawberries, blueberries, peaches) and that pretty much dictates the other ingredients. 
NOTE - In the event you've never made (or ever had) a smoothie before, you will need a blender or a large food processor before proceeding.  

Strawberry Smoothies smoothie recipe strawberries

We had fresh strawberries tonight so we made Strawberry Smoothies.
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The ingredients we used:
  • Fresh strawberries - about 24, capped and washed
  • Plain yogurt -about 1 1/2 cups
  • Strawberry yogurt - 1 single-serving container
  • Greek Yogurt - 1 single-serving container
  • Honey - about 3 tablespoons (optional, but good!)
  • 2- Crystal Light Energy Wild Strawberry Drink Mix packets (the kind you add to bottled water- 0.11oz)
  • 4 cups ice (if the blender is very full at first, go ahead and blend what fits. The rest of the ice can be dropped in as things break down.)
We add the ingredients to the blender in the order given so the ice is on top and doesn't freeze into a solid block while we add the other ingredients. Blend until the ice is crushed and the ingredients are incorporated. It should be processed until it is pourable and you can drink it...no need to use a spoon.

Strawberry Smoothie with Yogurt recipe strawberries
Mmmmm, good!
If it had been blueberries we'd had on hand, we would have used blueberry yogurt and a fruit punch Crystal Light, but the other ingredients pretty much stay the same.

Did you know strawberries have more vitamin C than citrus fruits? They're also loaded with antioxidants and health science research has shown that strawberries help regulate blood sugar.  So take a vitamin...have a smoothie!

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