Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

April 12, 2016   11 Comments

I love adding the word “cheesecake” to any recipe I can find.

Who doesn’t want to read about cheesecake? If this blog was more fun, I could rant about beefcake as well (my favorites are Daniel Craig and Ben Affleck – who I would like to add are age appropriate beefcake for me since I am 46).

Alas, we are stuck with only cheesecake and today we can make it in a blender without any cheese. This recipe works because you use Greek yogurt which is naturally sour (like cream cheese) and a hit of citrus which is key in making it taste like cheesecake.

I don’t exactly know why this recipe is so perfect but it is. If you don’t have a citrus zester, this is your moment. The flavor in a lemon peel is a zero calorie extravaganza but if you dig into the white pith – it is too bitter.

My citrus zester is one of my favorite single use kitchen tools (see below) because it works! I make two servings of this and then save some for the next day.

Feel free to cut the recipe in half to make only one of these for an in season snack. Strawberries are here!

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Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie Recipe

Makes 2 servings

2 cups frozen strawberries
½ cup plain Greek yogurt, non-fat
½ cup milk, skim (or whatever you have)
1 teaspoon lemon zest

Blend strawberries, yogurt, milk, and lemon zest until smooth and frothy.

If the smoothie is not sweet enough for your liking, add teaspoons of honey until it works for you.

One serving (about 1 ¼ cup) is 115 calories, 1.3 g fat, 0.8 g saturated fat, 18.9 g carbohydrates, 13.2 g sugar, 7.7 g protein, 3.1 g fiber, 55 mg sodium, 4 Freestyle SmartPts

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Thank U for all the research and time Lisa you share with all of us. Just wanted some thoughts on non-fat products. I have read over and over our bodies need the fats left in our foods to be processed correctly in the body. As foods that are healthy for u it's the portion sizes we choose and the ingredients. 😍

on April 12, 2016

I make really good cheesecake (not healthy), but I absolutely hate cheesecake. I can't bring myself to even eat cream cheese. But this 'cheesecake' recipe, I might be able to drink! :D

on April 12, 2016

Would this work if I put in a bunch of baby kale or spinach? I've never had it be a flavour issue.

on April 12, 2016

I will be shopping for these ingredients Friday when I shop to start testing smoothie recipes for the coming warmer weather. My favorite "beefcake" currently is David Bonerez on 'Bones'.

on April 12, 2016

Curious how you get 5 points for 1 serving with just 1/4 c. fat free yogurt and 1/4 cup milk? Is it the honey? I might try with blueberries, but not for 5 points. Thanks!

on April 12, 2016

@Rachel - this would work with spinach and kale. Please try it and let me know how you like it!
@Robin - Because it is a smoothie - I have to include the strawberries in the calculation (at least that is what I can glean from WW website).

Thanks for your questions!

on April 12, 2016

Oh yeah, I forgot about that little detail. Thanks for checking and keeping me honest! Robin

on April 12, 2016

Hi! Can I use fresh strawberries?

on April 12, 2016

@Miranda - yes! It won't be as thick or cold - but it will be delicious.

on April 13, 2016

while we are in the cheesecake vein i would like to offer my nice and dare i say healthy version. i use low fat cream cheese, cottage cheese and sour cream. whirr it up with only 1/4 cup sugar a little vanilla and some lemon rind and pour in no sugar added grahm crust. it is delicious. more details if anyone would like.

on April 14, 2016

This was super yummy. I like the lemon zest. No honey needed for me.

on April 15, 2016

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