Recipe: Strawberry Smoothie

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There are certain things in life that simply aren’t worth messing with, and a classic strawberry smoothie is one of them. When juicy strawberries, a ripe banana, and tangy yogurt combine, it makes for a not-too-sweet, not-too-fussy smoothie — one that’s great for breakfast or a snack.

There’s not a chia, hemp, or flax seed in sight, and I love that you can count the ingredients on one hand. Yes, it’s the smoothie your kids want, but it’s also the smoothie you secretly want — one that’s pure and simple, and all about the fruit.

A Classic 3-Ingredient Smoothie Worth Memorizing

Make this smoothie once, and you’ll hardly need to reference the recipe again. Because it’s so simple, the ingredients shine instead of getting muddled together. The strawberries are front and center, with subtle sweetness from the banana and a touch of tang from the yogurt.

Two Smart Tips for Thicker, Creamier Smoothies

Using a frozen banana will thicken your smoothie. The ripeness of the banana is also important, because it will ultimately determine how sweet this smoothie is. For the sweetest smoothie, peel and freeze it once it’s covered with brown spots, although even the ripest bananas will result in smoothies that are just slightly sweet. If you crave a little more sweetness, go ahead and drizzle in a little honey.

Opting for Greek yogurt also helps thicken the smoothie and gives it plenty of body, meaning there’s no need for ice. I prefer whole-milk Greek yogurt, which makes for the thickest smoothie, but nonfat and 2% yogurt are great as well.

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Strawberry Smoothie

Makes2 (8-ounce) drinks

Prep time: 5 minutes


  • 1 pint

    strawberries, hulled and halved (about 2 cups)

  • 1

    frozen banana

  • 1 cup

    plain Greek yogurt

  • 2 teaspoons

    honey (optional)


  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Pour into 2 glasses and serve immediately.