Try out my sugar-free strawberry cucumber smoothie recipe for a revitalizing and antioxidant-rich boost. When these fruits are not in season, frozen berries are a cost-effective way to enjoy their flavors. They blend perfectly with crisp cucumbers, sweet bananas, and creamy yogurt for a hydrating and enjoyable snack. This smoothie is a simple way to meet most of your daily vitamin C needs! With only 5 ingredients and 129 calories per glass, it’s a guilt-free treat.
Why should you make a strawberry banana cucumber smoothie? Here are a few reasons why I’m loving this easy snack:
- Fast: You can maintain a nutritious diet with minimal time investment. This strawberry cucumber smoothie provides a quick way to incorporate fruit and yogurt into your morning routine. It takes just about 5 minutes to make!
- Convenient: Ingredients like frozen fruit save time in the kitchen. No more last-minute trips to the store for fresh berries that spoil quickly. Frozen fruits are ready whenever you are!
- Uses “real foods”: This recipe skips ultra-processed foods. There are no unwanted additives in this smoothie. The whole foods used here have been minimally processed, such as being chopped or frozen.
- Inexpensive: Frozen fruit is often more affordable than fresh fruit. Additionally, obtaining nutrients from whole foods is generally more economical than relying on supplements.
- Nutritious: This pretty pink smoothie is packed with essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, potassium, and folate. Enjoy and nourish your body!
- No added sugar: Unlike most restaurant smoothies, this cucumber and strawberry smoothie contains no added sugar. It gets its sweetness entirely from the fruit.
- Delicious: This vegetarian and gluten-free snack is loved by the whole family. It’s a fantastic way to incorporate more fruits and veggies into everyone’s diet.
What are the calories, net carbs, and protein?
This strawberry and cucumber smoothie provides 129 calories, 23.8 grams of net carbs, and 4.4 grams of protein per serving.
Here’s what you’ll need to make this smoothie with cucumbers and strawberries:
- Frozen strawberries
- Frozen bananas, broken into chunks
- Medium cucumber (peeled and chopped)
- Plain nonfat yogurt
- Frozen raspberries
I personally prefer regular yogurt (not Greek yogurt) in this recipe. Greek yogurt adds more protein but can make the smoothie too tart. Feel free to add your favorite smoothie toppings to make this fruity drink more indulgent! Whipped cream, maraschino cherries or fresh cherries, or sprinkles can turn this healthy snack into a milkshake-inspired treat.
To prepare this recipe easily, I recommend having a good knife, a vegetable peeler, and a food processor on hand. A high-speed blender (like Vitamix or Blendtec) or a large food processor will yield the best results when blending the frozen fruits. Regular blenders may struggle with the thickness of this smoothie. Food processors are typically more affordable, unless you opt for a high-end brand. I often use a 10-cup Hamilton Beach Food Processor, which costs under $50 and does an excellent job pureeing frozen fruits.
How to Make Strawberry Cucumber Smoothie
Let’s embark on this smoothie-making adventure by preparing the fruit! Peel the cucumber and remove the blossom and stem ends. If the cucumber has large seeds, scoop them out with a spoon or melon baller (you can use them in another recipe if desired). Chop the peeled cucumber flesh.
If the frozen strawberries are significantly large, you may want to halve or quarter them since large strawberries can be more challenging to thoroughly puree. However, if your frozen strawberries are already small, there’s no need to chop them up.
Once the strawberries and cucumbers are ready, place all the ingredients in a food processor or high-speed blender. Blend until everything is smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides if necessary. Pour the smoothies into tall glasses and top with whipped cream and a cherry for an extra touch of delight. Serve immediately to enjoy its refreshing taste.
What Goes Well with Cucumber in a Smoothie?
If you’re wondering what else to add to a cucumber smoothie, don’t limit yourself to just this recipe. There are countless tasty alternatives for you to try. Consider experimenting with the following ingredients the next time you make a smoothie with cucumber:
- Lemon and fresh ginger
- Blueberries and vanilla
- Watermelon and mint
- Green apple
- Honeydew melon
- Kale or spinach
- Coconut water
- Coconut milk or almond milk (for a low-protein creamy texture)
- Kefir, skyr, or soymilk (for a higher-protein creamy texture)
You can also experiment with different nuts and seeds, such as hemp or chia seeds. Share your favorite smoothie additions by leaving a comment below!
Expert Tips from a Dietitian
This is a level 2 recipe (transition or weight maintenance). Can you have a smoothie for breakfast? It depends on the smoothie recipe!
This smoothie contains too little protein and calories to be considered a full meal. However, you can add more fat and protein to this recipe to make it a more substantial breakfast option. For example, using whole milk yogurt or adding protein powder can give this smoothie an energy boost.
Nevertheless, breakfast is not a necessity for general adult health. Some people skip breakfast or practice intermittent fasting without any negative effects. It’s better to have a small healthy snack when you’re not truly hungry rather than forcing yourself to eat a full meal.
If you’re aiming for weight loss, freezing this recipe in ice pop molds is an excellent way to control portion sizes. Making popsicles can also help you avoid consuming excess calories through beverages. Lastly, here’s an additional tip to save time: you can simply eat the fruit and yogurt separately, without following a specific recipe. Many of my meals and snacks are that simple!
Other Strawberry Smoothies for Weight Loss
If you’re looking for more strawberry smoothies under 200 calories, here are a few more low-calorie options that feature strawberries:
- Apple Strawberry Smoothie
- Chocolate Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- Banana Mango Strawberry Smoothie
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For more information on how the three recipe levels can help with weight management, refer to my post on overnight oats without sugar. Let’s get cooking!
This recipe has been updated with new photos, more nutrition information, and a recipe video. Enjoy making this happy smoothie!