How to make Simple Strawberry Smoothies, with the emphasis on SIMPLE.
Sometimes we complicate things on purpose. In an effort to seem more sophisticated or elegant, we make life harder than it has to be.
High heels are the perfect example of this. Yes, they make your calves look great and are cute-as-heck. BUT they are also extremely bad for your back, uncomfortable, slightly dangerous, and make climbing stairs nearly impossible. We wear them anyway, praying we won’t fall over or twist our ankle.
This sort of thing happens in the culinary world as well. Take Beef Wellington. It is completely delightful, but is it really worth all the time and preparation that goes into a GOOD Beef Wellington? Is it more delicious than a great seared steak with sauteed mushrooms? Is the “glitz” factor really worth all the extra work?
Not in my opinion.
The other day I was flipping through one of my favorite cooking magazines and noticed a strawberry smoothie recipe. It immediately caught my attention because of the vast array of ingredients–15 to be exact. I stopped in wonder. “Who in their right mind is going to go to the store and buy 15 items just to make smoothies?” Some smoothie-makers like to add protein powder, flax or minerals to their smoothies to up the health benefits, but I wasn’t fooled. My beloved magazine was putting on airs to dress up a strawberry smoothie. Like wearing heels with your gym shorts, this just doesn’t make sense.
So today I want to share a Simple Strawberry Smoothie Recipe that has nothing to prove. I believe this to be the BEST strawberry smoothie recipe because:
- It requires only 3 ingredients.
- The ingredients can be changed to suit your taste or diet.
- It’s thick and creamy.
- And it has DOUBLE the flavor of regular smoothies.
How to make Simple Strawberry Smoothies: All you need is milk, frozen strawberries, and strawberry jam. Simply throw them all into a good blender and whirr away!
The strawberry jam is the secret weapon in this simple smoothie recipe. It not only sweetens the smoothie, but intensifies the strawberri-ness, without any fake flavoring syrups of extracts.
Frozen strawberries are preferred to fresh strawberries, because they thicken and chill the smoothie without any added ice to water it down. Plus frozen berries allow you to make smoothies any time of year.
The cow’s milk can be interchanged with kefir or any sort of non-dairy milk that you like. You could also use sugar-free jam or “spreadable fruit” to decrease the sugar levels.
And of course, use ANY sort of fruit and jam to make this “best” smoothie recipe your flavor of choice–raspberry, blackberry, mango, the sky is the limit.
This simple strawberry smoothie recipe is proof that glitz and glamor can take you only so far. Sometimes the simple choice provides the greatest pleasure.
Simple Strawberry Smoothie Recipe
Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
- 3 cups frozen strawberries
- 1 1/2 cups milk (any variety)
- 1/3 cup strawberry jam
- Place the frozen strawberries, strawberry jam and milk in the blender.
- Place the lid over the top.
- Puree until smooth.
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