The following post was written by Karen Troughton , a member of POPSUGAR Select Food , whose delicious recipes can be found on Kitchen Treaty .
When mid-Summer heat reaches its sultry peak, you want your food (and drinks!) ice-cold and supersimple. Luckily, this almost ridiculously easy smoothie recipe is the epitome of both. It takes, oh, about two minutes to make, and the ingredient list is supershort — just four ingredients, plus a little sweetener if you want it.
Freshly squeezed lemon juice and a couple handfuls of perfectly ripe strawberries combine to make a tart, juicy smoothie that's reminiscent of its sweet/sour counterpart, strawberry lemonade.
Frozen banana and milk make it creamy and give it heft — plus, the banana adds enough sweetness that you really don't need anything more. But if your strawberries are on the tart side or you prefer a sweeter smoothie, then just add a bit of simple syrup, honey, or another sweetener of your choice. And to make it vegan, swap the cow's milk for coconut, almond, or soy versions.
For the easy smoothie recipe, keep reading.
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Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie
Yield: 1 smoothie
1 heaping cup fresh strawberries, rinsed and hulled
1 medium banana, frozen
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 medium juicy lemon)
1/2 cup milk
Sweetener of choice (optional)
Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Taste, and if too tart, then add a little honey, agave nectar, or other sweetener of your choice, or make a quick syrup by microwaving 1/4 cup water until warm and stirring in 2 tablespoons sugar until dissolved; then allow to cool and add a little at a time until desired flavor is reached. Pour into a glass, and serve with a straw.