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Simple Strawberry Smoothie with Mint

Simple Strawberry Smoothie recipeThis simple strawberry smoothie with mint has only 6 ingredients, is a high protein smoothie recipe, and will totally make you feel like you're on vacation!

I can't think of many more tempting flavor combinations than strawberry, mint, and lime. It's such a fresh flavor profile, the perfect way to start the day in the spring time.

I like to call this my strawberry mojito smoothie because it totally makes me feel like I'm on vacation, without the sugar / alcohol hangover from a real mojito.

This healthy strawberry smoothie recipe is also packed with protein thanks to the almond butter, and it's naturally sweetened with dates.

The kids will likely be stealing sips of this one so definitely make a big batch!

Making smoothies is also a great kitchen task that kids can help with since it's not overly precise. Put them to work tearing the mint leaves and let them help dump everything in the blender. This just might buy you enough time to make your morning coffee 🙂

Enjoy!

Strawberry Mojito Smoothie

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 6 Medjool dates (pitted)
  • 2 cups milk of choice*
  • 10 oz frozen strawberries
  • 1/3 cup almond butter*
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint
  • 1 lime

Instructions

  • If not using a high-power blender, soak dates in hot water for ~10mins to soften.
  • To a blender, add 6 dates, 2 c milk of choice, 10 oz frozen strawberries, 1/3 c almond butter, 1/4 cup mint, and the juice of 1 lime.
  • Blend until smooth.

Notes

*Note: read all ingredient lists; avoid added msg, sugar, gluten, etc.

Is this a high protein smoothie recipe?

Yes! My strawberry mojito is naturally high in protein, no protein powder needed.

With the milk and almond butter, this smoothie has about 6.2 grams of protein per serving. Not bad for no protein powder!

If you want to up the protein even more, try adding some hemp seeds or increasing the almond butter.

If you use a non-dairy milk, the protein content may be lower.

What makes this a healthy strawberry smoothie?

Each of the six ingredients in this recipe offers some serious nutritional benefits. Here's a look at what's inside!

  • Dates: Studies show that dates may not only be a healthier replacement for sugar, but indeed a genuine healthy food. Dates provide Copper, Vitamin B6, Magnesium, and Potassium, in addition to plenty of fiber. Medjool dates provide more calcium than other varieties.
  • Milk: You can use whatever type of dairy or non-dairy milk you prefer in this recipe. Cow's milk provides Vitamin D, Calcium, protein, and potassium. If you prefer a non-dairy option, try my homemade almond milk recipe!
  • Strawberries: A good source of Vitamin C, Manganese, and antioxidants, strawberries may help prevent heart disease, aid in blood sugar regulation, and reduce inflammation.
  • Almond Butter: Almonds are rich in calcium, Vitamin E, Magnesium, and Potassium. As a result of all these nutrients, almonds help protect your heart and lower LDL cholesterol.
  • Mint: Rich in Vitamin A, Iron, and Manganese, mint is a delicious way to add a little nutrient boost to your meal. Since Vitamin A is fat soluble, it's best absorbed when consumed with fat – for instance, the almond butter in this smoothie! Moreover, mint can help with IBS and indigestion.
  • Lime: In addition to being rich in Vitamin C, limes have antibacterial properties and may even help prevent asthma!

What equipment do I need to make a simple strawberry smoothie?

While soaking dates makes them easier to blend, I certainly recommend a high powered blender like the Vitamix if you make smoothies regularly. The texture is so much better and you won't waste time repeatedly stopping the blender and stirring or adding more liquid to make it blend.

What are some variations on this simple strawberry smoothie?

One reason smoothies are so fun is that once you have the basic recipe down, you can totally mix it up. Here are a few ideas, but don't be afraid to make it your own!

  • Use coconut water instead of milk for the liquid
  • Replace frozen strawberries with frozen raspberries or blackberries
  • Omit the mint and lime and add a couple of teaspoons of cacao powder
  • Throw in a handful of spinach or kale
  • Add a few drops of vanilla extract

How can I use leftover Strawberry Mojito smoothie?

If you've ever tried to save leftover smoothie, you likely know that it doesn't turn out well. It tends to separate and the texture just isn't the same as fresh.

That doesn't mean your leftover smoothie has to go to waste though. Try turning it into delicious homemade popsicles.

Simply pour any leftover smoothie into a popsicle mold and stick in the freezer!

What are some other healthy smoothie recipes?

Check out my Tropical Green Smoothie, Purple Haze Smoothie Bowl, Mixed Berry Green Smoothie, and Mango Blackberry PB Smoothie!

For ideas on how to use pantry and freezer ingredients, make sure to download our full Prep Dish-style pantry / freezer menu here!

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