As soon as the weather begins to get warmer, I crave smoothies like no other. There’s just something about a cold, creamy smoothie on a hot day that makes me feel absolutely incredible. It also takes me back to when I was a little kid and would get Jamba Juice as a special treat after preschool on really hot days. But then my local Jamba Juice closed, and smoothies suddenly became $9, and I had to start relying on myself to create crave-able concoctions, such as this Hydrating Strawberry Smoothie I’m sharing today.
Usually, I like packing my smoothies up with protein and fats alongside the fruits and veggies to give them a little more staying power. You can see some examples of that here and here, but for this one I was really just craving something 100% fresh and hydrating. It’s a little more like a juice, and therefore I’ve found that it’s definitely not a meal all by itself. (Yikes, that makes me think of juice cleanses. SO not my style).
However, this smoothie is so perfect and refreshing as a light snack, or alongside some eggs and toast for breakfast.
The creaminess of the banana, sweetness of the strawberry, and crispness of the bell pepper come together for an absolutely delicious blend.
If anyone needs me, I’ll be lounging outside sipping Hydrating Strawberry Smoothies until September.
- 1 frozen banana
- 3 strawberries
- ⅓ cup chopped bell pepper (I used an orange pepper)
- ¼ cup cold water
- ¼ cup ice
- Optional: cashew butter for topping
- Add all ingredients to blender and mix until completely smooth.