Simple Strawberry Smoothie Recipe

Easy strawberry smoothie recipe

Smoothies are a great way to eat your fruit (and vegetables). They are easy and quick to prepare, making them a great choice for a quick breakfast or snack. Place your smoothie in a portable bottle and you have a meal to go!

The possibilities for smoothie recipes are truly endless. They work great with all kinds of frozen fruit, so you can enjoy your strawberries even when they are out of season. I love smoothies for their taste and for how filling they are. You can be sure that this is not the last smoothie recipe you will see on this blog.

Creamy texture, lovely flavor

This strawberry smoothie has a lovely creamy texture thanks to the whey protein powder. I used Bob’s Mill whey protein concentrate for this smoothie, but I am sure other protein powders would work fine. This smoothie is not too sweet and has a light hint of vanilla. It is simple, fresh and wonderfully pink!

Simple Strawberry Smoothie

Makes 2 smoothies

Ingredients

  • 2
  • 3 cups
  • ¼ cup
  • ½ cup
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 3 Tbsp
  • ½ Tbsp
  • Bananas
  • Frozen strawberries
  • Raw whole almonds
  • Pomegranate juice
  • Whey protein powder (unsweetened/unflavored)
  • Vanilla flavor (or fresh vanilla)
  • Flaxseed oil

Instructions

  1. 1. Add everything to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. 2. Enjoy with a big straw!

If you want to take your smoothie with you, use a glass with a lid (crate and barrel), a water bottle or a simple glass jar. They stay fresh for a day, but are best enjoyed right after making them for optimal nutrition and flavor.

– Christina

Low Calorie Tip

If you want a lower calorie version of this, only use 1 banana and cut the amount of almonds in half. The new nutrition information is: Calories: 300, Fat: 8g, GL: 12, Fiber: 11g, Protein: 10g, Sugar: 38g.

5 stars

Mark says:

This is an example of a food that I didn’t want to try but ended up loving. It’s delicious. Now whenever Christina asks if I want a smoothie, I say “Make the new one”! It’s definitely my favorite smoothie… I actually asked for it twice yesterday.

The other good news is that even though this smoothie has a lot of sugar, it seems to be released slowly into my bloodstream, keeping my blood sugar levels relatively stable.

Nutrition Facts (per Smoothie)

Calories: 400, Fat: 12.5g, GL: 16, Fiber: 13g, Protein: 12g, Sugar: 45g

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32 comments

  1. The picture links to my profile on flickr. There you can see more pictures of the smoothie.

  2. Laura Tucker says:

    I noticed that you use a lot less protein powder than the scoop that most protein powders call a serving…I use half the recommended serving of my brand (4 T or 1/4 cup). How much protein is enough?

    • I would never look at what packages call a serving. What does that even mean? It is only relevant so that you can figure out the nutritional information. In general, manufacturers obviously try to make a serving as big as possible so that you have to buy their product more often.

      The amount of protein you need is evaluated over the course of a day. So there is no need to include it in every meal. I like to have a fair amount of protein in every meal, since it is the most satiating of all the macronutrients (fat/carbohydrates/protein).

      You need about 0.8 g of protein per kilogram of body weight each day. As long as you eat enough and a fairly balanced diet, getting that amount of protein is absolutely no problem (even if you are vegan). Most people get almost twice the amount they need in a day. For athletes, it is sometimes recommended to get between 1.2-1.8 g per kilogram of body weight per day (depending on the sport).

      But you don’t need protein powders to get enough protein. In this smoothie for example, only half the protein comes from the protein powder. The other half comes from the strawberries, bananas and almonds. Protein powders tend to be a complete protein source (containing all the essential amino acids) so I like to add them just to be sure. Also it really adds flavor and texture to this smoothie.

      So I would not worry about how much you need. Chances are you are already getting enough protein. Feel free to add the amount you want in order to get the desired creaminess and flavor.

  3. What a beautiful picture!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog :-)

  4. Helena Mullett says:

    Can I (& how) save the second serving for the next day? Or should I find someone to share it with when it is fresh? It looks wonderful!

    • Yes, you can definitely keep this in the fridge for a day. There are some great glasses that come with lids. Crate and Barrel has some! You could also use a glass jar, glass bottle or a water bottle (BPA free and not one that came with water in it). Of course you could just put it in a glass and seal it with foil/wrap, but the other options are probably better.

      You could also just half the recipe. Nothing wrong with that.

  5. This looks fantastic! I love adding raw almonds to my smoothies too, they add so much flavor! P.S Love the blog!

  6. Hey…I am LOVING your site! This is definitely scary, but we can learn from each other and share tips! I’m still soooooooooo slow when I’m going to create a post. Does it get easier??

    • Thanks Lindsay!

      I think it really depends on the post. If I had to write about everything I eat it would take me a LONG time. I talk a LOT. I would never stop. For me, it helps to stick to one topic. Recipes are fast, not a lot of talking. But the informative posts take me a very long time too. I tend to get lost in the details and I want to make sure things are very clear and organized. But it is just so much fun!

  7. salut, what a pretty site. i never make smoothies but may try soon.

    a bientot
    the paris food blague

    • Thank you! You should definitely try them. They are relatively cheap (frozen fruit) and you can whip them up with limited time/space. I will definitely have more smoothie recipes in the future!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  8. sippitysup says:

    Your smoothie is so beautiful and creamy looking. I love your photography all over this site too. GREG

    • Thank you Greg! Glad you stopped by!

      I was reading your blog/story today and loved it. The format you used to tell your story is genius! It was fascinating to read. I will definitely be reading your blog!

      You have no idea how happy it makes me to hear that from a (ex?)professional (the comment regarding the photography)! I am a complete beginner and simply ordered a camera because I wanted to take better pictures for this blog. I got the camera 4 days ago… The truffle picture was still taken with a crappy point-and-shoot digital camera. I absolutely love it and can’t wait to learn more so that I can translate an idea into a picture.

      The secret to the creamy smoothie is the protein powder (Bob’s mill). I tried other brands but this one tastes by far the best and makes smoothies nice and creamy, without dairy. Other protein powders sometimes give a smoothie a chalky mouth feel…yuk.

      Thanks again!

  9. Nicole says:

    That’s such a pretty picture!! I never would of thought of putting flaxseed oil in my smoothie, great idea. Hope your blogs doing well! :)

    • Thank you! It really helps to have a good camera and sunlight! haha

      I always add a little bit of oil to anything I eat, so that some nutrients are easier to absorb.

  10. That souds great!! I love smoothies! The only thing I would do differently would be to add ground flaxseed versus the oil but I love that grainy texture!

  11. wine cellar says:

    Sounds and looks super good! I like the vanilla beans on top for an extra aesthetic beauty too! Cheers~

    Added you as a friend on Foodbuzz too!

  12. Hung says:

    This is great. I’ve been making daily/weekly smoothies for over a year. Although I don’t really include fruits into it (I actually go the green smoothie route – spinach, cucumbers, etc), I’ll have to give this a try.

    • How interesting! I love green smoothies too (lots of spinach) but I usually include some fruit for sweetness. I would love to try some of your recipes, if you are willing to share.

  13. eatingRD says:

    This looks refreshing! I’ve been having a lot of smoothies lately :) I’ve never tried bob’s red mill protein, but I LOVE all of their products and grains. Do you think the almonds would be hard to blend smooth in a regular, not so great, blender?

    • Good question. There are definitely big differences in blender performances. I have tried many and honestly the cheapest I had works best. Also, sometimes it is surprising how much smoother it gets if you just blend it a couple more minutes, even after it looks “smooth”, especially on high power.

      Personally, I do not mind when it is not perfectly smooth. It can be great when it has just a tiny crunch now and then.

      Oh, I love that protein powder. It taste good with a spoon! Not that I ever eat it like that…*cough* It makes the most creamy smoothies…no chalky mouth feel or funky taste.

  14. Helena Mullett says:

    I especially liked the almonds! I have put wheat germ in smoothies, which is fine, but the almonds add more.

  15. Amanda says:

    I absolutely LOVE smoothies! Especially during the summer! I have never tried adding vanilla or pomegranate juice to mine though! I will definitely have to try! :)

    • The Vanilla is amazing (feel free to use fresh one). And I love pomegranate juice as a smoothie base, it is healthy (hard to drink on its one) and not very sweet.

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