Strawberry-Vanilla Smoothie

This fruity shake is healthy enough to make a great grab-and-go breakfast — and yummy enough to be a delicious anytime treat.

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Hands-on time: 10   |    Total time: 10   |    Makes: 2 Servings


Blender (adult needed)
Measuring cup


1 1⁄2 cup cups fresh or frozen strawberries
3⁄4 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3⁄4 cup milk, orange juice, or water
pinch kosher salt
1 pitted date or 1/2 banana (if you want to make it a little bit sweeter)
2 ice cubes (if using non-frozen fruit)


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your equipment and ingredients and put them on a counter.

  1. Put all the ingredients in the blender.
  2. ​Put the top on tightly. Turn on the blender to medium speed and blend until the mixture is smooth, 30-60 seconds.
  3. Divide the smoothie equally between 2 glasses and serve right away, or cover and refrigerate up to 4 hours.


 Adding a pinch of salt to the smoothie doesn’t make it salty, it makes it less tart. The salt distracts your taste buds so that they’re too busy to perceive all the tartness.


  • Make it Nutty: Add 2 tablespoons nut butter.
  • Make it Banana-y: Substitute 1 overripe banana for half the strawberries.
  • Make it Peachy: Use peaches instead of all or some of the strawberries.
  • Make it Minty: Substitute teaspoon peppermint extract or 6 mint leaves for the vanilla extract.