Today I will share a strawberry smoothie recipe, nicely sweetened and honey-decorated, bringing the nicest of my morning each time. Also, you can try this smoothie in the early afternoon to refresh and finish the day with positive attitude.
This interesting mix of colors and flavors also comes with a lot of health benefits. There are more decorating options, but the decoration is also in context of flavor and scent, and not just appearance.
For this recipe, I use two ingredients that play a double role – taste and scent for one, and decoration for another. So, let’s dive into it! 🙂
First, I’ll start by preparing a nice mix of 2 tablespoons of honey and a third of a cup of yogurt. The honey provides a lot of extra energy storage space to be used later in the day. This natural remedy is a multi-benefit ingredient, bringing a spectrum of goodies for our body. From mouth and throat protection, antioxidant, anti-cough, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, to boosting immunity, easing constipation and promoting skin health.
Another thing is, that honey – as my personal favorite natural sweetener – contributes with always recognizable sweet flavor that will just complement the fresh appeal of the yogurt. This mix alone tastes simply delicious, however, we can’t forget the healthy stuff yogurt provides in our strawberry smoothie recipe.
Yogurt helps the digestive tract in general, mainly due to its probiotics content. While there will always be people advocating against consumption of dairy products, the benefits of consuming yogurt – aside of the gut-friendly bacteria – can be noticed in the fact that increasingly more people include it in their daily diet, and the recent and ongoing research only proves that yogurt bears a lot more healthy secrets waiting to be revealed.
Next, I decided to go with a banana, since it’s a winner both in combination with honey, or yogurt. Or both, of course! Throw the banana in the mix, blend it thoroughly and just taste a sample if you are not really convinced. Bananas are beneficial in various manners, being full of healthy nutrients prepared to nourish the body.
Rich in potassium, this amazing fruit helps regulate the blood pressure, and promote healthy heart rate. The magnesium contents support healthy bone development, while protecting the heart at the same time. But personally, I love bananas mostly because of their abundant fiber contents. This is especially important for a healthy digestive tract and ease of bowel movement.
To brighten up the flavor of today’s strawberry smoothie, once all of it is mushed nicely, proceed by adding 1/3 cup of chopped pineapple. I always repeat that my preference is using fresh ingredients, a principle that holds true here as well. However, frozen pineapple is also a good choice in case fresh is not available. However, always remember, when buying frozen ingredients, always look for small and separated chunks, instead of whole frozen blocks. When frozen chunks stick together, they usually come equipped with extra ice, which will reduce the net weight, increasing the price. Just a tip.
Anyway, pineapple brings stunning amounts of vitamin C in today’s mush, adding to its immune-boosting properties. Abundant in various nutrients acting as antioxidants, pineapple helps prevent development of cancer, boosts immunity, even promotes healthy vision. Other than that, I love the exotic aftertaste pineapple always creates. This is the main reason I chose pineapple at this time.
The ingredient that brings the main flavor, comes last mostly as a personal preference. I simply adore the bright red shade the strawberries give the smoothie. I love them and can’t get enough of them. Even just looking at them fills my stomach with some weird cuteness. They have been used traditionally as a remedy against throat infections, kidney stones, fever, and even some blood diseases. The number of health benefits of strawberries is constantly rising with each research.
Protip: If you want to keep fresh strawberries for longer time, keep them in the hidden compartments of your refrigerator.
The final ingredient of today’s strawberry smoothie recipe, as I mentioned before, plays a double purpose in my strawberry smoothie recipe for today. For starters, cinnamon is literally packed with antioxidants, bearing anti-heart disease and anti-inflammatory properties. There are also the anti-diabetic ability, regulating the blood sugar levels quite effectively. There is a rumour that cinnamon can be very efficient against the HIV virus as well, but we’ll hold on for research results before claiming that for sure.
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The other reason for using cinnamon today is more for decoration and scent. Sprinkle a little bit just prior to serving in order to top it with that recognizable aroma.
Honey decoration tip: Tilt the serving glass, or cup, on one side so you can pour honey right onto its inner walls. Start rotating the serving cup as you pour honey slowly on the inner walls, and include your creativity to make interesting lines that will look really artistic from the outside. Enjoy! 🙂
- 2tbsp honey
- 1/3 cup yogurt
- 1 banana
- 1/3 cup pineapple
- 8 strawberries, pitted
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Please let us know how you like today’s strawberry smoothie recipe, and share your opinions, suggestions, and experiences in the comments below!