Strawberry ginger yogurt smoothie ~ Ham Pie Sandwiches

15 April 2014

Strawberry ginger yogurt smoothie

Strawberry ginger yogurt smoothie

It's spring and my system wants all the fresh berries as immediately as possible.

That means it's time for...a smoothie with no banana!

I don't know about you guys, but I cannot stand frozen bananas in smoothies. For a long time, this made me think I didn't like smoothies. (Well, this plus my continued distaste for washing the blender.) But I was wrong, because guess what I can sub in? Yogurt.

So the ubiquitous vat of plain yogurt isn't just for curries, garnishes, and labneh anymore -- it's also my standby for cramming my face full of as much fresh fruit and veg as possible. Hooray!

I broke out the new spring strawberries and went to work.

Strawberries and ginger are an amazing combination in my book, so I punched up this smoothie with a chunk of fresh ginger. If you find the zing of ginger too strong, you can add a small apple, peeled and chopped, but be aware that the yogurt will tame it a bit too. Personally, I prefer the full-zing version, but both are very good. It's up to you and your taste buds. And of course you can always add more ginger for the most exciting smoothie in the land!

I used a standard plain full-fat yogurt for this smoothie. If you happen to have Greek yogurt instead, you can halve the amount and thin your smoothie accordingly with the milk of your choice. It's all good.

Strawberry ginger yogurt smoothie

Strawberry ginger yogurt smoothie

3/4 cup plain yogurt
1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced or grated
1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries
(optional apple)

Put everything in a blender, with the yogurt on the bottom and the strawberries on top. Liquefy thoroughly. Pour into the glass of your choosing and drink. Makes approximately 1 pint.

Strawberry ginger yogurt smoothie

This smoothie makes a perfect breakfast or mid-morning break on those days when you can't quite bring yourself to eat something hot. So good!

How are you eating your fresh spring strawberries? Any fantastic smoothies in your current rotation?


Gintare @Gourmantine said...

This is the time I start living on smoothies too. Love the addition of ginger!

Joanne said...

I'm not bit on banana flavor either, but yogurt based smoothies I can get behind!!

Erin @ The Speckled Palate said...

High-five for not using bananas in smoothies! I'm allergic to them, and I always get disappointed when I find smoothie recipes (read: basically all) that have bananas in them because I cannot eat them. So this? This sounds amazing, and I love the combination of strawberry and ginger! MUST try this pronto!

Cathleen said...

This is such a gorgeous smoothie!! I am going to check out the other smoothie recipes on your blog!

sprinklesandsauce said...

love the colour!

nancy at good food matters said...

the smoothie's color drew me right in--love the combination of strawberry and ginger--and no banana (which I don't mind, but gets tiresome.)