One of the most delicious and common fruits you would likely think of when it comes to almost any kind of smoothie recipe is the strawberry, and for good reason, it’s one of the sweetest tasting and most versatile fruits when it comes to baking and cooking, and the same goes for smoothies! To make matters even sweeter (yes, the pun was intended), these berries are also very healthy for you and compliment many other different fruits in terms of flavor and sweetness.
First let’s go over the…
Health Benefits and Nutrition Information:
There are over 600 different varieties of strawberries in the world, but most people can usually spot this fruit based on its heart shaped body and red colored flesh, and generally all the varieties offer the same basic level of nutrition. Many folks might be inclined to think that with the rise of the popularity of so called “super berries” like Acai and Goji, that those are the only dense sources for getting all the different types of minerals and nutrients you would want in a smoothie, but this is not so. Often these exotic fruits are much more expensive and for many, impractical to eat as a result of this, however, common fruits like a strawberry provide nearly the same level of nutrition while also being much more affordable. What this means, is that you’re more likely to actually eat the fruit on a regular basis, which also in turn means it’s going to be much more beneficial to your health.
Given that the recipe I mention below is based on cupfuls of whole berries (usually 3-5 berries depending on size), thats the nutritional information I’ll use here for all your calorie counters, I’ll leave out anything that is 0% like Fat.
1 Cup of Strawberries equals about:
- 45 calories (very low in calories)
- 3-4 grams of fiber (very important for digestive health!)
- 220-270+ mg’s of potassium)
- 6-8g of natural fruit sugar
- 1g of protean!
- 140-160% of your Daily Value of Vitamin C!
- 10-20% of your Daily Value of Folic Acid (Folate)
Simple and Yummy Strawberry Smoothie Recipe:
Ingredients (For a single serving size. Adjust ingredient amounts relative to your servings/serving size/personal taste)
- 3-5 cups of organic strawberries, either fresh or frozen (fresh will taste sweeter)
- 1-2 cups of filtered water (if using frozen berries)
- 2-3 cups of ice (if using fresh berries)
- 1-2 T of organic blue agave syrup OR 1 tsp organic ground stevia powder for a zero calorie sweetener (especially if using frozen berries)
- (Optional) add 1-2 cups of your favorite berry for additional nutrition and flavor (I recommend red raspberries for added fiber)
- (Optional) Replace one of the cups of water with organic pineapple juice for a sweeter tropical twist.
- Pour the water/ice/juice into the blender
- Put in your strawberries
- Place your optional secondary fruits in
- Add your sweetener of choice (agave syrup or organic stevia)
- Blend for about 45 seconds – 1minute depending on your blender (for blendtec blender users, which I use, run it on the “smoothie” or “XL smoothie” setting depending on your servings/serving size)
- Run your blender a second time if needed, manually, or through another appropriate “cycle” until you get a personal desired consistency
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