This strawberry smoothie is delicious, super healthy, and the perfect option to keep you satisfied. It's just like a strawberry milkshake, but it won't make you feel guilty.
I'm the kind of person that doesn't like to wake up and cook. Really, cooking in the morning is not my thing. Since I already know that I'll cook a lot during the day, I just do other things that I love doing.
This is the reason why I love smoothies. Smoothies are easy and fast, and you can make them as healthy as you want. All I need to do is throw some healthy yummy goodies in my blender and voila! A delicious and nutritious breakfast is ready to go with minimum effort.
Ingredients for a healthy Strawberry Smoothie
Strawberries: They are rich in antioxidants, thus preventing premature aging, the appearance of tumors and inflammation. Because it's high in fibers it also helps the digestive system and bowel movements. Its properties also make it a good ally for heart and eye health.
Cauliflower: Rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which are essential for optimal health. Its high fiber content helps to prevent constipation and maintain a healthy digestive tract. It also has anti-inflammatory effects helping to support the cardiovascular system. Not to mention that it supports detox pathways in your liver.
Coconut milk: Contains lauric acid, lipids, capric acid and other components, which give to coconut milk antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. It is an excellent ally for skin and hair health, and some studies indicate that it can even improve cholesterol levels.
Almond milk: A low calorie milk and considered low carb. As a source of calcium, vitamin E and vitamin B, it is a great contributor to bone, skin and even muscle health.
Greek yogurt: Is a rich source of probiotics, protein, calcium, vitamin B12 and potassium, which help to maintain a healthy digestive tract, bones, skin, hair and building muscles.
Honey: It is a great antioxidant, helping to prevent premature aging, Alzheimer's and cardiovascular diseases. It also helps to relieve digestive problems and fight infections.
Erythritol: Is a type of sweetener that circulates practically unchanged through the digestive system. Most of it is absorbed into the bloodstream and then excreted in urine, so it doesn't cause some digestive problems like other sweeteners do. It doesn't raise blood sugar or insulin levels, and has 0.24 calories per gram, which makes it more attractive than other sweeteners. It has a sweetening power equivalent to 70% of sugar.
How to make a healthy strawberry smoothie
There are no secrets to making a healthy strawberry smoothie. Quality ingredients in the right proportions are everything you need for a tasty smoothie. However, it is worth mentioning some details…
- If using frozen strawberries, blend it for a little longer, as they are more difficult to blend.
- When using frozen cauliflower, you can blend it with milk first to make a smoother mixture, then add the other ingredients and blend it all together.
Below are some possible substitutions, but take into account that whenever any changes are made, the final result is also changed.
Strawberries: Can be used fresh or frozen. Frozen strawberries have the benefit of making your drink very cold without the need of adding any ice, and it also helps to make the smoothie thicker, like a milkshake.
Cauliflower: It is the secret ingredient. You can omit without taking the risk of changing the taste, but why omit it if it can bring so many benefits to your health? I guarantee you won't even taste it!
Coconut Milk: Gives this recipe a delicious taste, but do not use more than the amount recommended, as the coconut flavor can overpower the strawberry taste.
Almond milk: I chose almond milk because it is healthy and tasty, but you can use regular milk or another milk of your choice.
Greek Yogurt: This kind of yogurt is creamier than ordinary yogurt, thus making your vitamin creamier too. If you don't have Greek yogurt you can use plain regular yogurt; your smoothie will be just a little thinner.
Honey: Gives a very special touch to this recipe. I've done it without honey and I can say that it is much better with it.
Erythritol: Can certainly be replaced. I like it for the reasons mentioned above. Feel free to use monk fruit, sucralose, common sugar or any other sweetener of your choice. Just make sure to add it little by little, and give it a try. Some sweeteners are stronger than others, and can have an aftertaste, so add it with caution.
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Healthy Strawberry Smoothie
- 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries (about 7 medium/large)
- ½ cup finely chopped cauliflower (frozen or fresh)
- ½ cup coconut milk
- ¼ cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
- ¼ cup Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoon erythritol, monk fruit or sweetener of choice (see notes about sweeteners)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps.If your cauliflower was not previously chopped or is frozen, you can blend it first with milk, and then add the other ingredients and blend it again. This will ensure that you don't have pieces of cauliflower in your vitamin.
* I like erythritol and monk fruit because they don't have an aftertaste, but if you don't have them you can use regular sugar. If you prefer to use another type of sweetener, add it gradually and try it out. Some sweeteners are much stronger and have an aftertaste, so add it with caution.
* Honey gives this smoothie a special touch, so try not to replace it.
* If you use frozen strawberry and/or frozen cauliflower, your smoothie will be even more cold and creamy, like a milkshake.
* You can use plain regular yogurt if you don't have Greek yogurt, but Greek yogurt makes the smoothie creamier.
* The blend of coconut milk and almond milk (or regular milk) helps to keep a balanced flavor. Using just coconut milk can overpower the strawberry flavor.
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