this tropical(ish) strawberry lemonade smoothie is slightly tart, mostly sweet, fresh tasting breakfast treat. it’s also dairy free and has no banana in it — something that’s almost unheard of when it comes to smoothies.
i’m pretty sure my love affair for smoothies has been going on for close to fifteen — maybe twenty — years. i like them fruity, i like them green, i like them decadent and sweet. i like them for breakfast, lunch, or dessert. i like, just love them. so long as they are dairy-free, of course.
smoothies fell out of my diet recently for a few reasons. first being it was winter and i naturally just don’t crave them when it’s cold. i was also following a low-carb approach to eating, so that knocked off pretty much all fruit from my repertoire. i’ve slowly been working my way back to them and am loving every single solitary sip.
the first smoothies i went for were of the green variety. my favorite being a peach, mango, and spinach smoothie with mango nectar thrown in for good measure. i picked up a bottle of aloe vera juice to experiment with and stumbled upon a great recipe for a strawberry lemonade smoothie that used aloe very juice.
unfortunately, i didn’t have quite enough strawberries to round out the drink and ended up grabbing what i had in my freezer: frozen pineapple and cherries. i also had a giant bag of frozen avocado pieces and decided to throw caution to the wind and use those as well. i was tempted to throw in some spinach (because why not), but decided against it for purely aesthetic reasons … i didn’t want a brown smoothie.
thankfully it all worked out in the end and a slightly tart, fresh, and sweet tasting smoothie filled my cup.
also, if you’re someone who hates bananas in (or out of) your smoothies, you’re in luck because this tropical(ish) strawberry lemonade smoothie is sans bananas. it’s also sans dairy (AKA dairy-free), so there’s also that.
tropical(ish) strawberry lemonade smoothie
- 1 – 1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries, cherries, and pineapple or a mix of fresh and frozen
- 1/2 avocado frozen or fresh
- 1/4 cup aloe vera juice
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- place all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until smooth. drink and enjoy!