Who doesn’t crave a good smoothie in this heat? Cool down with this refreshing recipe that’s vegan, filled with fresh fruits, and takes less than 5 minutes from start to finish.
This feature is sponsored by our friends at Lifeway Kefir. All opinions are our own.
WHY WE LOVE IT
There’s something so soothing and refreshing about a smoothie that makes my whole day, especially when I serve myself a glass in the early morning before my day begins. Perhaps you can relate. There’s an ease of tossing a few of my favorite ingredients into a blender and watching everything whirl around that reminds me of the meditative practice of a clean, simple breakfast.
I mean, come on, who doesn’t want a clean, quick breakfast?
I’ve been experimenting with non-dairy beverages in everything from my soups to my smoothies and I recently came across the new probiotic Plantiful by Lifeway Kefir that I absolutely love. You probably recall the recipe I made last month using their new dairy free beverages and I enjoyed it so much that I used it again in this recipe. Yes, Plantiful is that good.
There’s something different about them, they taste better than the traditional almond milk and coconut milk and they contain 10 grams of protein and 10 live & active cultures. I have no doubt you’ll enjoy, as well.
I’ve made a lot of recipes with kefir but dairy free Plantiful is sweeping me off my feet and I can’t stop playing around with it in my kitchen, tossing it into everything from sauces to soups to breads and more.
This smoothie that you will make is creamy, thick, and full of flavor. And it’s ideal for the hot summer days we’re all experiencing right now.
No matter what you’ve tried before in your smoothies, I highly suggest grabbing a bottle of Plantiful and adding it to your next smoothie.
You’ll thank me.
HOW WE MAKE IT
PREP TIPS // I like to slice my fruits right before I’m about to use them so there is not much prep for this smoothie, which is what makes it so easy and fun to toss together. I simply slice off the ends of the strawberries and toss them in my blender and that’s literally ALL the prep that’s involved.
INGREDIENT SWAPS // If you’re not a fan of strawberries, you can certainly use blueberries or mixed fresh berries. If you’d like extra sweetness, add half the amount of strawberries and half of a very ripe banana.
THREE easy STEPS
Here’s how we made this 5 Minute Strawberry Smoothie in three simple steps:
STEP 1 // Slice the strawberries and add them to the blender.
STEP 2 // Add Lifeway Kefir’s new delicious Plantiful beverage. I used the berry flavor because it added an extra touch of sweetness to this already berry-flavored smoothie.
STEP 3 // Blend everything together in a blender and purée until smooth. Serve immediately.
LISTEN // STEP-by-STEP DIRECTIONS
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HOW WE EAT IT
SERVING SUGGESTIONS // I suggest serving this smoothie immediately after making it because otherwise it will get soggy, warm and gross and the last thing you want is a soggy warm smoothie. You can store leftovers in the fridge for up to one day, however, serving this right away is your best bet anytime you make a smoothie. You can feel free to top it with unsweetened coconut flakes, a pinch of ground cinnamon or some finely chopped fresh basil to add to the summery-flavor of this smoothie. However you serve it, I’m sure you’ll love the simplicity of it as well as the sweet berry flavor.
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Who doesn't crave a good smoothie during the last week of August? No matter where you are, it's HOT and we've got just the smoothie for you today that's filled with lots of berry flavor and takes less than 5 minutes from start to finish.
- ½ green apple, cored and diced
- ½ red apple, cored and diced
- 1 cup Lifeway Mixed Berry Plantiful Beverage
- 6 large strawberries, hulled
- Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Transfer to two serving glasses and serve immediately. Store leftovers in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 1 day.
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