Celebrate Valentine’s Day with this “I Heart You” Fresh Strawberry Smoothie. Kids and adults can enjoy this healthy fruity sip together!
So often Valentine’s Day becomes fixated on chocolate. Well with my soy protein and antioxidant-rich “I Heart You” Fresh Strawberry Smoothie, you can get in the true spirit of a healthy, happy heart. I’ve also included a fun Strawberry coloring sheet so kids can join in all the strawberry love fun…
The Box o’ Chocolates Tradition. I have vivid memories of waking up on Valentine’s Day morning to a big chocolate-filled heart from my parents. I’d go through every piece in the box, taking a tester-bite to see what was inside of each luscious sugary morsel. I was in sugar-high bliss. That is until a sore tummy kicked in an hour later and I couldn’t even look at another piece of chocolate for days. So this V Day, why not start a new tradition? Instead of gifting a giant box of chocolates, why not slurp down a fruit smoothie with the ones you love?
..And have a few nibbles of dark chocolate on the side.
Heart-Healthy Smoothie! Fresh ripe strawberries are the perfect celebration fruit for Valentine’s Day. They are bright red, shaped like hearts and since they are packed with healthy stuff like fiber, potassium and Vitamin C – they actually are good for you heart.
This smoothie is filled with other heart-healthy ingredients like strawberry yogurt, vanilla soy milk, mixed frozen berries, fresh strawberries and a potassium-rich banana. Blend up this sip and feel the love.
This smoothie recipe makes a delightful Valentine’s Day morning breakfast.
Strawberry Fun for the Kids! While the adults are busy operating the blender, the kids can have fun coloring this Strawberry Coloring Sheet from my healthy kids brand, The Lunchbox Bunch.
More produce coloring sheets here
Fun Strawberry Facts (on each coloring sheet)..
* Each strawberry has over 200 tiny black seeds on it. I dare you to try and count them all!
* Strawberries are high in potassium, fiber and feel-good vitamin C! Plus they are fat free and low in calories.
Now onto the recipe..
I Heart You Fresh Strawberry Smoothie
vegan, serves 2-3
1 cup vanilla soy milk (almond milk works well too)
1/2 cup strawberry soy yogurt
1 small ripe banana
1/2 cup ice cubes
1 1/4 cups mixed frozen berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries)
3-4 fresh strawberries
2 Tbsp agave or maple syrup
garnish: fresh strawberries
optional: adults may like a little dash of cayenne on top of their smoothie to give it a warm spicy kick!
note: if you don’t have non-dairy versions of the milk/yogurt you can use whatever you keep in your fridge. But give the “soy” version a try – I think you will love it! Plant milk newbies can read more about non-dairy milk options here.
1. Gather all your ingredients.
2. Add the milk, frozen fruit, banana, ice, yogurt and sweetener to you blender. Blend until smooth. Thickness tastes vary. I like my smoothies thick, my husband likes them thin. Add more milk if the blend is too stiff. Add more ice/fruit if it is too thin.
3. Lastly, pulse in the fresh strawberries – I like to add the tender fresh fruit last so I don’t mush it up too much.
4. Serve in smoothie glasses, garnish with a fresh strawberry on the glass. Pink straws optional, but recommended!
Need more smoothie tips? See 20 Smoothie Tips: How to Blend Like a Pro
Another yummy smoothie recipe from Babble: Ann Getty’s Protein Smoothie