Because of their popularity and the fact that they’re almost always available in grocery stores (whether fresh or frozen), most people regard strawberries as a sweet fruit, but not much else.
First cultivated during the Roman Empire, the shape of the strawberry should be your first clue into one of its main benefits: The increase of good cholesterol. Strawberries also have been linked to lowered blood pressure.
A fat free and low calorie food, strawberries are full of fiber. They’re also full of polyphenols, antioxidants that have been specifically categorized as cancer fighters (red wine and green tea have them too). Eight regular-sized strawberries will give you almost a full day’s worth of vitamin C, and eating strawberries may also help in removing surface stains and plaque from teeth.
Here at GreenBlender, we’re huge fans of this juicy fruit, and have created a lot of smoothies that feature it. Check out a few of our favorites below, and remember, whether you’re buying fresh or frozen, organic is always best!
Strawberry Smoothie Recipes
Summer Strawberry Sunset
Did you know that strawberries have more vitamin C per serving than oranges or grapefruit? Clinical research shows that people who eat foods rich in vitamin C have fewer wrinkles and fine lines than people who don’t! This smoothie does double vitamin C duty with sweet strawberries and luscious blood orange. Further fight free radicals with antioxidant-rich, inflammation-fighting flaxseeds. The good fats in coconut and almond milk help smooth and tone the skin even more!
Strawberry Carrot Creamsicle
A sweet Peruvian fruit that is often sold in powdered form, lucuma ranks low on the glycemic scale, which means it's a perfect natural sweetener for people who are trying to watch their sugar intake. Hemp seeds have both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, as well as the nine essential amino acids our bodies do not produce on their own. Combine these two superfoods with sweet strawberries (vitamin C, folate and potassium), crunchy carrots (beta carotene, fiber and vitamin A), and the natural energy of a banana (fiber and beta-carotene), and you have a fruity, refreshing alternative to ice cream or pie.
Strawberry Lime Cooler
Few foods symbolize summer more than sweet strawberries. Add some tart lime to bring out the flavors and add a bit of tropical zest. Coconut water adds electrolyte-rich hydration, and baobab powder provides calcium, B vitamins, and more vitamin C than a serving of oranges! Combine the fat-burning potential of high doses of vitamin C (from the strawberries, lime and baobab), with the high fiber and omega-3 fatty acids from flaxseed, and you’ve got a light smoothie that can make a big dent in your daily weight loss journey.
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Chocolate-dipped strawberries are irresistible, and this smoothie is a healthful way to enjoy the sweet treats. Fresh strawberries are one of the most delicious ways to get your vitamin C. Spinach and banana blend beautifully and provide a boost of nutrients. Besides being the guiltless way to enjoy the flavor of chocolate, cocoa powder is high in fiber, iron, magnesium, antioxidants, and may have antidepressant effects!
Ruby Red Strawberry
A great source of vitamin C and manganese, strawberries have also been linked to a healthier cardiovascular system. Full of B-6, vitamin A, fiber and even a little bit of protein, cherry tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that has been shown to help reduce diseases caused by cellular damage. Goji berries and hemp seeds, two powerful superfoods, give this refreshing smoothie a dose of protein, essential amino acids our bodies don’t produce on their own, beta-carotene and fiber. Round everything out with vitamin C-infused pineapple, and you’ve got a sweet, cooling smoothie that’s also a perfect meal replacement. Pro tip: Strawberries are delicate. Don’t wash them until you’re ready to use them, as water speeds up their ripening process.
Strawberry Beet Refresh
Beets are known to lower blood pressure and help with blood flow throughout the body. Additionally, they’re full of fiber and vitamin C. Strawberries, oranges and lemons are also brimming with that immune-boosting vitamin, making this the perfect pick-me-up before, or after, a long day. Plus, you’ve got the superfoods chia and ginger to lower inflammation and increase healthy Omega-3s, which should leave both your mind and body refreshed and ready to go.
Spinach in pancakes? Trust us. The most classic of the super greens blends perfectly into this breakfast (or anytime!) treat. Spinach has so many vitamins and minerals, that it’s an easy way to supplement your diet. Walnuts provide omega-3 and vitamin E, both critical to healing the skin. Lucuma powder has anti-inflammatory powers and a caramel flavor that complements the oats. Strawberries finish it off with a summery sweetness.
A Beet with a Kick
Between the peppery flavor of arugula and the creaminess of macadamia nuts, A Beet with a Kick is just that. Rich in cancer fighting antioxidants, chlorophyll, vitamin K, and B vitamins, arugula fans the flames and really makes the earthy beets, sweet strawberries, and tart grapes stand out.
Chocolate and Bananas
Even though most people don’t associate strawberries with immunity, one serving of this sweet summer fruit has about half of your daily requirement of Vitamin C. Strawberries also help reduce inflammation and heart attacks. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, “Women who eat three or more servings” of strawberries every week “may lower their risk of having a heart attack.” More good news for the ladies, Maca has been shown to ease menopausal symptoms, boost mood, and heighten energy. Because it tastes so great, cacao can also boost your mood, but it also lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease. So basically, you could call this smoothie a smile in a glass!
Strawberry Banana Bread
Okay, this is a seriously delectable dessert! Sneak your greens into this tasty treat. Bananas help put the “smooth” in smoothie, and combine in a classic way with sweet strawberries. The summertime berries are chock-full of vitamin C, a surefire way to brighten skin. Eat fruits with vitamin C to help smooth skin and combat signs of aging. Oats are anti-inflammation superstars, and almond milk and walnuts provide the skin-plumping good fats!
Full of vitamin C and exceptionally good at fighting wrinkles and heart disease, strawberries may also help reduce inflammation in the body. Basil has also been touted as having anti-aging and inflammation-reducing properties, meaning this combination is great for glowing skin. Another win for beautiful skin are goji berries, which are packed with beta-carotene. Add in some healthy fat and vitamin E from walnuts, and some more vitamin C from pineapple, and you have a delicious, summer-inspired smoothie that will have you looking and feeling fresh faced and fancy free. Pro tip: Organic strawberries don’t have to be separated from their green tops, just toss the whole berry in, greens and all!
Classic Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Rhubarb, which is actually a vegetable but often used in sweet dishes, is very nutrient-dense, packed with fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A and magnesium. It’s also very low in calories. Strawberries are full of fiber and vitamin C too, as well as a helpful serving of iodine. Add in some lucuma, which is a natural sweetener (with more fiber!), cashews (full of healthy fat and protein), and a banana (potassium, fiber and vitamin A), and you’ve got yourself the perfect way to satisfy those dessert cravings.
Strawberry Cashew Custard
The Strawberry Custard Smoothie reminds us of those cute little custard dessert tarts. Adding cashews to smoothies not only makes for an ultra creamy drink, it also contains an abundant amount of minerals such as magnesium and iron. Magnesium helps to regulate muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels and blood pressure, while iron is an important part of hemoglobin, which helps transport oxygen through the body.
Strawberry Orange Spice
Spice up your life? Kale yeah! The super green just won’t quit. This smoothie is full of fiber and flavor. Orange and strawberries taste like pure springtime goodness. The high vitamin E content in sunflower seeds provides anti-inflammatory benefits, and helps neutralize free radicals. Cinnamon instantly adds another dimension to any smoothie; paired with vanilla almond milk, it’s a creamy treat you’ll crave.
Strawberry Goji Custard
The Strawberry Goji Custard Smoothie reminds us of those cute little custard dessert tarts. Adding cashews to smoothies not only makes for an ultra creamy drink, it also contains an abundant amount of minerals such as magnesium and iron. Magnesium helps to regulate muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels and blood pressure, while iron is an important part of hemoglobin, which helps transport oxygen through the body.
Rhubarb is a source of vitamin K, which plays a role in brain health and function. Vitamin K also stimulates bone growth and repair. Strawberries possess a phytochemical called ellagic acid, which can prevent collagen destruction and inflammatory response—two major factors in the development of wrinkles! Cashews, banana, and lucuma powder blend together to add a creamy consistency and nutty flavor.
Like ginger, cinnamon is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It may also lessen the risk of heart disease and help insulin do its job, which means less blood sugar spikes. With the lowest fat content of all nuts, cashews are a great way to feel satisfied -- and they make smoothies extra creamy! If you’ve ever wanted all the taste of a strawberry pie but none of the butter, sugar or refined flour, this is the smoothie for you! Pro tip: Organic strawberries don’t need to be topped. Toss the whole berry in, leafy green and all.
Even though it packs a spicy punch, cayenne is actually quite soothing to your digestion. It also helps to regulate circulation and reduce inflammation, which means your body will feel more comfortable -- even during a heat wave! Red peppers, strawberries, and orange are all bursting with vitamin C, helping your immune system stay buoyant, and flaxseed -- one of the most underrated superfoods out there -- adds fiber, Omega-3s and powerful antioxidants. This low-calorie smoothie will keep you satisfied and help you feel trim and fit in your summer clothes.
Sweet Strawberry Yam Mixer
The root vegetable is naturally sweet and full of fiber, iron, potassium, and vitamins B6, C, and D. Yams are a clean source of energy to fuel your workout! The seeds of this smoothie--sunflower and flax--are full of healthy oils and minerals. Strawberry and orange really sweeten the mix. Drink and be well!
Watermelon Strawberry Lime Cooler
This fresh, light, and hydrating drink embodies the taste of summer. Few foods symbolize summer more than sweet strawberries and hydrating watermelon. Add some tart lime to bring out the flavors and add a bit of tropical zest. (And ward off scurvy, in case you’re concerned about that.) Coconut water adds electrolyte-rich hydration, and baobab powder provides calcium, B vitamins, and more vitamin C than a serving of oranges! Combine the fat-burning potential of high doses of vitamin C (from the strawberries, lime and baobab), with the high fiber and omega-3 fatty acids from flaxseed, and you’ve got a light smoothie that can make a big dent in your daily weight loss journey.
Chocolate Strawberry Protein
A post-gym or healthy afternoon snack that tastes like chocolate covered strawberries? Sign us up! Full of vitamin C, folate, antioxidants and ample anti-inflammatory properties, strawberries are the perfect fruit for feeling young. And thanks to a huge dose of additional antioxidants in cacao (not to mention its ability to help raise serotonin levels), as well as potassium in bananas, your skin may just look a little younger after sipping this smoothie!
Strawberry Peach Pick-Me-Up
As long as there are still fresh strawberries to be had, summer is still here. In addition to getting almost a full day’s worth of vitamin C -- a water-soluble vitamin that has to be added to our bodies daily -- from the strawberries, nectarine and pineapple, you’ll also get a bunch zinc and antioxidants from pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds are quite the antioxidant powerhouses, as are maqui berries, which have more antioxidants per serving than almost any other fruit. When you add a few cooling sprigs of mint, an herb known for aiding in digestion, into the mix, you’ve got a summary drink that will keep you healthy all the way through fall.