The Husband’s Strawberry Smoothie Recipe

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on February 20, 2012

I never thought I’d say this, but my husband has bought a whole fruit juicer.

This, from the guy who didn’t know what an apricot was when I first met him, and whose main diet consisted of frozen pizzas.

My husband bought a juicer!!

Here’s how it went down: I woke up one weekend and came downstairs. I found my hubby in his usual spot – at our kitchen table, on his computer. He looked up and said, “I think I want to make juices at home.”

I thought he was kidding.

But then he talked about how he’s had whole fruit juices (the kind where the fruit is blended down so much it literally ends up being like a thick juice or a thinner smoothie), and how he thought that would be a good way for him to get some additional fruits/veggies into his diet.

I still thought he wouldn’t go through with it, but then a week later, he bought a Ninja – which is basically a cheaper version of a VitaMix.

It’s actually really awesome because it’s all dishwasher safe, and comes with a ton of smoothie cups (where you can blend the fruits right inside). Oh and it can also be used for any food-processing needs (like making purees, or baby food, or dough, or spreads/dips, etc.)

So there he was, my husband, with his Ninja, making smoothies in our kitchen. I was so proud of him!

He’s made quite a few varieties, but this one in particular has turned out to be amazing: his Strawberry Smoothie Recipe. Of course, I have a few modifications to the recipe – more like alternate versions you can also try at home.

First up: The Husband’s Strawberry Smoothie

You will need: 1 pear, 6 strawberries (frozen or fresh), one pineapple wedge/spear (you’d be surprised how healthy pineapple can be!), a few splashes of ice water and a couple ice cubes. Put it all in a blender and blend until smooth.

Now – The Wife’s Modifications: For the Strawberry Smoothie, there are a few add-ins that will amp-up the nutritional value even further if you want more protein or fiber.

#1: Add 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds (2g protein, 5g fiber) – they blend in almost perfectly, so you barely taste them

#2: Add 1/2 cup to 1 cup unsweetened vanilla soy milk (for some added protein – 4g-9g, depending on whether you use 1/2 cup or 1 cup)

#3: Add 1/2 cup 1% organic milk (for those of you who like the milkshake feel, and want a bit more protein – 4g)

The husband’s version of this smoothie has about 150 calories and 7g fiber.

The Modifications:

  • If you add in chia seeds, that’s an extra 50 calories, 2g protein and 5g fiber (total: 200 calories, 12g fiber, 2g protein)
  • If you add in 1/2 cup soy milk, that’s an extra 45 calories and 4g protein (total: ~200 calories, 7g fiber, 4g protein)
  • If you add in 1/2 cup 1% organic milk, that’s an extra 50 calories and 4g protein (total: 200 calories, 7g fiber, 4g protein)

Not bad for a quick morning breakfast, an afternoon snack, and it’s a great way to get a huge serving of fruit! The husband literally makes these juices and other varieties (like carrot, apple, ginger) every day.

A couple days ago when he was drinking his morning juice he said to me, “This is brilliant. Seriously, if someone had just told me that I could make these juices and it was healthy and that I’d get all of my fruit in a glass, I would have eaten so much more fruit as a kid and an adult!”

So there you have it: fruit in a glass, healthy and delicious – straight from my husband.

The Husband’s Strawberry Smoothie Recipe

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

If you add in chia seeds, that’s an extra 50 calories, 2g protein and 5g fiber (total: 200 calories, 12g fiber, 2g protein). If you add in 1/2 cup soy milk, that’s an extra 45 calories and 4g protein (total: ~200 calories, 7g fiber, 4g protein). If you add in 1/2 cup 1% organic milk, that’s an extra 50 calories and 4g protein (total: 200 calories, 7g fiber, 4g protein)

Ingredients

  • 1 pear
  • 6 strawberries (frozen or fresh)
  • One pineapple wedge/spear
  • A few splashes of ice water and a couple ice cubes.
  • Optional Additions
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds (2g protein, 5g fiber) – they blend in almost perfectly, so you barely taste them
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup unsweetened vanilla soy milk (for some added protein – 4g-9g, depending on whether you use 1/2 cup or 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup 1% organic milk (for those of you who like the milkshake feel, and want a bit more protein – 4g)

Directions

  1. Put it all in a blender and blend until smooth.
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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Claudia February 20, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Variations on this delicious and pretty smoothie is my usual breakfast in June and July. Love the variations – I will add flax seeds. It’s nice when some calories are actually good for you!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 20, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Completely agree – flax and chia seeds are the best!

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Parita @ myinnershakti February 21, 2012 at 5:52 am

My fiance has recently turned into a healthy eating fiend, and I love it! He tries out all these new recipes and gets so excited when they turn out well. I’m so glad because it will make our transition into married life that much easier!

And your husband should be proud of himself…that smoothie looks so refreshing!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 21, 2012 at 12:13 pm

That is so great! And yes, I think my husband is proud of himself – I’m proud of him too! 🙂 Definitely let me know if there are any recipes that your fiance loves – I’d love to try them out for my hubby.

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Samantha February 21, 2012 at 8:00 am

Smoothies are my favorite. I was contemplating getting a ninja soon… I love your slight additions to his recipe. I usually add flax to my smoothies and I have been meaning to pick up some chia seeds. I’ve had a hard time finding them in stores though… might have to order online!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I’ve been really impressed with the ninja so far – especially how easy to clean and versatile it is! Adding flax to smoothies is an awesome choice – I’ve added flax oil to my smoothies in the past as well. You should be able to find Chia Seeds in the bulk section at most Whole Foods, but it might be even cheaper online!

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Shannon - Healthy Smoothies March 1, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Yum! I love that combination of strawberries, pear, and pineapple, sweet without the sugar. i too usually use flax seed, and have never tried chia seeds. sounds like an interesting addition. Will have to try it. I’d probably add almond milk for the “milkshake” feel, as we try to stay dairy free. Definitely going to try this combination. thanks!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 2, 2012 at 12:15 am

Thanks so much Shannon! Totally agree – it’s so awesome that you don’t need added sugar in this smoothie – I often feel that with most fruit smoothies, the sugar in the fruit is enough! Let me know how you like the chia seeds in it! And almond milk is a great alternative if you’re going dairy free – just make sure it’s the unsweetened kind 🙂 Enjoy!!

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Smoothies May 10, 2012 at 12:33 am

Thank you for sharing the tasty post on “The Husband’s Strawberry Smoothie Recipe” It is awesome, such healthy, nutritious food!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater May 10, 2012 at 10:09 am

Thank you so much!

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Susan October 23, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Hi!
Found your blog through Pinterest. I have a couple questions. I’m a super picky eater plus I have gut issues that make it hard to eat in the morning. I’ve thought about smoothies, like maybe the green smoothie because I dislike pretty much every vegetable. I’ve read, however if you get a good blender you can use spinach and you’ll never know. So my questions are-Is the Ninja good enough to turn spinach unnoticable and what else can I use for protein. Someone told me that’s what I need to help get going in the morning, but I can’t do eggs and most bread type foods make me sick for the rest of the day. Thanks!!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 24, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Hi Susan!! Thanks so much for reaching out to me! Sorry to hear about your gut issues – I had stomach issues for a few years and smoothies worked great for me in the mornings (they were easy to digest and I got tons of fruits/veggies from it). So yes – the Ninja should be strong enough to pulverize spinach or kale so you won’t even notice it’s in your smoothie. If you want an even stronger blender, get a Vitamix – they are absolutely amazing. For protein, try unsweetened all natural organic (non gmo) soy milk, or almond butter. Both will work well and will taste great in the smoothie. Let me know how that works for you – and good luck! 🙂

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Rakshitha September 20, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Wow! Nice blog for healthy recipes – Thank you for sharing!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 21, 2013 at 8:59 am

Thank you!!

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Simon April 19, 2016 at 9:05 am

Delcious, love a nice strawberry milkshake, thanks for sharing recipe.

Simon

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 25, 2016 at 10:24 am

No problem! Enjoy!

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