Bell Pepper & Strawberry Vegetable Smoothie
Instead of another generic strawberry smoothie, take your taste buds on an adventure with this strawberry & bell pepper smoothie recipe! A deliciously different fruit and vegetable smoothie with frozen strawberries, cucumber, red bell pepper, and white tea. Sweet and tangy, with a crisp, fresh flavor from the veggies. A colorful, flavorful way to kick your same-old breakfast smoothie up a notch!
Of course, strawberries are a tried-and-true healthy smoothie ingredient, with their sweet, juicy, almost caramel-esque flavor. But instead of combining strawberries with another sweet fruit like banana, this sneaky recipe blends that classically sweet strawberry smoothie with vegetables! Who knew you could fit more veggies into your day with a pink, rosy, refreshing beverage?
For more colorful veggie smoothie inspiration, check out my Purple Pineapple Ginger Smoothie with red beets!
Strawberry Bell Pepper Smoothie Ingredients
Naturally sweet red bell pepper and hydrating cucumber pair deliciously with frozen strawberries. Plus, combining strawberries and bell pepper in a smoothie increases the antioxidant content and immune-boosting vitamin C! With some white tea and a dash of almond butter added into the mix, you’ve got a flavorful, wholesome, low sugar smoothie that you can whip up with only 5 ingredients.
Cucumber has a very high water content—it’s around 96% water by weight! It’s hydrating and its flavor is very mild, so it blends into this fruit and vegetable smoothie easily. Honestly, I enjoy cucumber’s flavor even in a more vegetable-forward cucumber smoothie recipe!
Nutritionally, adding cucumber to smoothies is a great way to incorporate more fiber and antioxidants, which can help fight free radical damage. And, as a bonus, cucumbers are also known to help freshen bad breath by ridding the mouth of odor-causing bacteria. If you want to swap out the cucumber, try making this smoothie with zucchini instead.
Bell Pepper (in a smoothie?)
Yes, red bell pepper in a smoothie might seem like a strange addition. But did you know that red bell peppers are actually the sweetest of all bell peppers? They have a subtle, refreshing sweetness that pairs wonderfully with the juicy strawberries in this breakfast smoothie! If you want to make vegetable smoothies with bell pepper, red is the best kind to use—because red bell peppers are actually just fully ripened green bell peppers.
Red Bell Pepper Smoothie Benefits
Red, orange, yellow, and green bell peppers are actually all the same species. Green bell peppers are the most unripe form of bell pepper, which is why they have the most bitter taste. But, as a green bell pepper ripens, its color changes to yellow, then orange, and finally to red. Since red bell peppers are the ripest variety, they taste the sweetest and they contain the most vitamin C—perfect for an immune-boosting bell pepper smoothie recipe! Or, if you want a substitute, try making your smoothie with carrots instead of bell pepper.
I love the neutral flavor and thick, creamy texture that almond butter adds to this veggie smoothie. Plus, a dash of healthy fats and protein! Feel free to use store-bought or use homemade almond butter, or substitute with any nut butter or seed butter that you like.
Instead of water or milk as a liquid base, this recipe uses white tea. It adds a refreshing, floral aroma to the mix and a bit of a caffeine boost—making this strawberry vegetable smoothie an energizing afternoon pick-me-up! Really, you can use whichever liquid base you prefer: water, milk of choice, whatever you like. There are no rules when it comes to easy smoothies!
Customizing your Fruit and Vegetable Smoothie
Nutritious, energy boosting, and a total taste-bud adventure. Ditch your same-old fruit smoothie and give this fun strawberry bell pepper smoothie recipe a whirl! It’s sure to put some PEP(per) in your step (ha). And the recipe is totally adjustable and customizable—you can omit or substitute for any of the ingredients below to make your ultimate veggie-packed breakfast smoothie.
Strawberry & Red Bell Pepper Smoothie
Fruit and Vegetable Smoothie:
- ¼ cup fresh cucumber, peeled
- ¼ bell pepper
- ⅔ cup white tea
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 Tbsp almond butter
- chopped bell pepper
- fresh strawberries, sliced
- almond slivers
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve with desired toppings and enjoy!