Start to Finish: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Difficulty Level: Beginner

A homemade strawberry smoothie can be prepared for breakfast or a snack or even as a healthy alternative to a more traditional sugar-laden dessert. The combination of yogurt plus the vitamins and fiber of the fruit makes it as nutritious as it is tasty. For the allergic or lactose-intolerant, strawberry smoothies are also easily made dairy-free. In fact smoothies of any flavor are endlessly customizable — that’s one of their charms.


Ingredients

  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled, or 2 cups frozen unsweetened strawberries
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar, brown sugar, honey or maple syrup

Directions

Place strawberries, yogurt and sweetener of choice in the canister of a kitchen blender. Place the lid securely on top.

Blend on high until smooth, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Pour into a tall glass and serve.

Tips

If you’re using frozen berries, do not thaw. This will actually improve the texture of your smoothie.

Substitute flavored strawberry yogurt or vanilla yogurt for the plain yogurt. Omit the sugar or honey.

For a dairy-free smoothie, substitute almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk or vanilla-flavored soy milk for the yogurt. Adjust the sweetener accordingly. The result will be a bit looser than a yogurt-based smoothie.

You can also substitute whole milk for the yogurt; again, the final product will not be as thick as a yogurt-based smoothie.

You can thicken your smoothie by adding half a banana or 1/4 cup silken tofu to the recipe. You can also add a few spoonfuls of cooked oatmeal to the mix.

Add 1/4 cup of orange juice for a flavorful variation.

Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract for another flavor enhancement.

If you do not have a blender you can use a food processor, immersion blender or drink mixer to blend the smoothie.

Warnings

Greek yogurt is too thick for this recipe; thin it with some milk or orange juice if it’s all you have. Or use a combination of Greek-style and non-Greek yogurt.