Strawberry and Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipes - Many popular smoothie recipes have one thing in common: the strawberry. Strawberry smoothie recipes are among the most popular, possibly because of the strong taste that strawberries have. Strawberries also give most smoothies a red or pink color, which many find quite appetizing. The options for mixing strawberries with other fruits are virtually endless and most people will enjoy trying every single one.
Of all types of smoothies containing strawberries, perhaps the most common are the strawberry banana smoothie recipes. Strawberries and bananas go together extremely well and are popular in anything from yogurt to pies – so why not smoothies? The basic strawberry banana smoothie is a great, healthy drink that virtually everyone enjoys. Even this great recipe can have variations within in it to make it a custom drink tailored to each individual. Customizations could include anything from adding a tablespoon of vanilla extract to the addition of another fruit to the mix. Whatever options you prefer, making custom strawberry banana smoothie recipes is a fun way to expand on your smoothie recipe book.
Getting the Perfect Mix of Strawberries
It is no mystery why strawberry smoothie recipes are so popular. Strawberries are one of the most loved fruits around and they are widely available at supermarkets for much of the year. There is nothing better, however, than getting freshly picked strawberries right from the farm or farmer’s market to add to a great smoothie. The wonderful flavor and great texture the strawberries add to any smoothie is something virtually everyone likes. Strawberries are also a great looking berry, with their bright red coloring and healthy looking green stem. Adding a slice of strawberry on the edge of the glass as a garnish is another fun way to add a great look to the drink at parties. Getting creative with decorating your strawberry smoothie recipes is just one more fun reason to enjoy them!
One thing to keep in mind when working on your perfect strawberry smoothie recipe is that fresh strawberries can go bad if not used quickly. For this reason, it may be wise to plan when you will be enjoying a delicious smoothie ahead of time so you can buy the ingredients at the right time. Another way to avoid this problem is to use frozen strawberries. While many people think this takes away from the taste, others disagree. Using frozen strawberries can be a great convenience since they will thaw while being blended and result in a great tasting smoothie without worrying about the possibility of your strawberries going bad.
Strawberries are considered to be a romantic fruit by many, and that can also be thought of when creating a great strawberry smoothie recipe. Try matching a wonderful chocolate covered strawberry with a cool strawberry smoothie and you’re well on your way to a romantic evening with your husband or wife. Both will enjoy the great tastes and appreciate the thought their partner put into creating such a fun drink for them.
How to Make Strawberry Smoothies
Strawberry smoothies are one of the most popular types of smoothies not just for their taste but for the ease of preparation. Try these delicious strawberry smoothie recipes and you’re guaranteed to be hooked!
Pineapple Strawberry Smoothie
If you enjoy pineapple, you’re going to like this refreshing smoothie recipe.
* ¾ cup of pineapple juice
* ¾ cup of skim milk
* 1 cup fresh strawberries
* 4 oz vanilla yogurt
* ½ cup ice cubes
* 2 tbsp sugar
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend on medium, increasing gradually to high speed, for about 30 seconds or until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Pour into a tall drinking glass and enjoy your tasty creation.
For more variations, try using Greek yogurt for added thickness, or actual pineapple chunks in addition to the pineapple juice.
Classic Strawberry Smoothie
This is one of your back-to-basics recipes. Just the way your mother used to make them… maybe.
* 7-10 fresh strawberries
* ½ cup skim or low-fat milk
* ½ cup yogurt (plain, or vanilla if you prefer)
* 3 tbsp sugar
* 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
* ½ cup crushed ice
Place all of the ingredients except for the ice into your blender and blend on low speed. Add the ice and blend on medium speed until your smoothie mixture is nice and smooth. That’s it! You’re ready to serve and enjoy this classic strawberry smoothie.
Smooth Blackberry and Strawberry Smoothie
It’s not often we get to use blackberries in our smoothie recipes – but that’s a mistake, because blackberries are quite a good addition to almost any kind of berry smoothie. Let’s right our wrongs and give this delicious concoction a try.
* 1 cup vanilla ice cream
* ½ cup fresh strawberries
* 1 ½ cups blackberries, fresh or frozen
* 1 cup low-fat milk
* 2 dashes of lime juice
* Whipped cream (yum!)
First, blend the ice cream with the milk so that it breaks down into a creamy consistency. That will make it easier for the berries to be absorbed by the ice cream base. One the ice cream is smooth, add all of the ingredients together and blend on high until all the berries have been liquefied. If you’re a berry lover, this one is going to knock your socks off!