An easy and delicious way to start the day, this Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie whips up in minutes and is as delicious as a milkshake. This is one healthy treat your kids (and you) will LOVE! I don’t know about you but when I’m trying to follow a healthy diet I need rewards for good behavior. Sometimes, it’s a bad reward…like a buttery croissant. But that type of treat is always followed with a little bit of regret. Just a little bit. I do always get back on the wagon, sometimes with a spoonful of chocolate ice cream. But I always, always get back on the wagon. That’s why I’ve come up with an arsenal of healthy treats. Well, “better for you” treats than pastries and ice cream. I believe in an “everything in moderation” way of living, otherwise, I feel deprived and dive headfirst off the wagon into a giant vat of hazelnut gelato. Sometimes….I don’t ever come back from that. This Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie is rich enough to feel like you’re indulging a lot more than you actually are. I used Philadelphia Cream Cheese with 1/3 less fat and fat-free yogurt. I’m not a fan of fat-free products but for this recipe I felt it was necessary to balance out the fat in the cream cheese. You can totally use low-fat yogurt if you want….or go all out and use full fat! Summer is still 4 months away!
Frozen strawberries help make this smoothie thick and frosty without watering it down like ice would. And the hint of vanilla balances everything out….making this taste just like a piece of liquefied strawberry cheesecake. It’s true. If you’re looking for something a little more tropical try my Pina Colada Chia Seed Smoothie!
- 1 cup frozen strawberries (I use Dole)
- 3/4 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup low-fat milk
- 2 ounces low-fat cream cheese
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tablespoons agave nectar
- Place all ingredients in the pitcher of a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.