Super easy, smooth and creamy Strawberry Banana Smoothie. All natural and fresh, no artificial flavoring added. Now that’s how we should enjoy our smoothie.
This is just the beginning of many smoothie to come your way. I had been waiting for Summer to come and it’s almost here, I can feel the heat in the morning when I woke up. Smoothie is something that I enjoy having for breakfast during the Summer and also my favorite post and pre-workout drink. It’s literally eating fruits but in liquid form and with additional calcium and protein from milk and yogurt. It’s a healthier drink option to replace soda and pop drinks, it’s very budget friendly and it taste absolutely delicious and something that you can easily make at home. One box of Strawberry only cost 2.50CAD and I was able to use it for 3 smoothie serving which means it only cost me about 1.00 CAD or less to make 1 serving, that’s cheap compared to paying 4-5CAD per order when I buy it outside. I know there are special cases when you are out and you have no option but to buy it, that’s fine. I guess what I’m saying is if you have a chance to make it at home for breakfast or drink to go with a snack, then go for it and make it. Smoothie is a nice healthy way to keep you refresh an satisfied.
Do’s and Don’t of Making Breakfast Smoothie
Breakfast smoothie are great grab and go quick breakfast option, until you get the chance to sit down and eat proper breakfast. It can be as delicious and nutritious as any solid breakfast food, but it is also easy to sabotage it and turn it into a high calorie sugar loaded breakfast drink. To avoid getting to that route, here are some tips to get a delicious and nutritious breakfast smoothie. After all, what is the point of having a breakfast smoothie when what you are getting is a high sugar loaded breakfast drink?
Measure it out
It is so easy to get carried away and just throw everything in the blender, right? I’m guilty of that too. But although that is probably the fastest and easiest way to make smoothie, that could also be dangerous as you might end up with a breakfast drink that has more calories and even less healthy than a normal solid breakfast. Measuring the ingredients also give you a consistent and delicious and most of all nutritious smoothie.
DON’T: Throw everything into the blender.
DO: Measure your ingredients. Best way and efficient way to do this to have them in packs and keep it in the freezer or refrigerator until ready to use. This way, you only must measure the liquid and sweetener when you out it in the blender.
Think about liquid
There are variety of choices when it comes to the kind of liquid that you can use for smoothie. The addition of liquid is very important in making smoothie as it helps blend the ingredients easily. If you care about drinking a healthier smoothie that is not loaded with sugar, then use low calorie, reduced sugar or sugar free liquid. Fruit juices are usually high in sugar, unless you can find sugar free one.
DON’T: Add fruit juice.
DO: Use Greek yogurt or coconut milk or almond milk or even coconut water
Play with protein
Looking for ways to get more protein in your smoothie? Although there are tons of protein powder available for smoothie, using an ingredient with natural protein is still the best way to go. I do not have anything against protein powder, but for me natural is always the best way if you can go that way. Aim for a protein intake in your breakfast smoothie of about 15 to 30 grams, depending on your size and activity level.
DON’T: Pour in protein powder.
DO: Try nut butters, flax seeds, or tofu.
Too much fruit
If you are drinking smoothie for a healthy option snack or meal, do not go overboard with using too much fruit. Use a balance choice of fruits, about 1.5 cups of fruit per smoothie. And go for options that are high in fiber and antioxidants, such as berries rather than fruits that are high in sugar.
DON’T: Use less high sugar fruits
DO: Use high fiber and antioxidants fruits
Feeling like going green? If you are one of those people who like green smoothie, then go for it. But since green leafy vegetables tend to be bitter, try to use a milder green leafy vegetable and a mix of different others. Kale is not the only one that you can use, using a stronger green vegetable will most likely drive you to add more sweetener to remove the bitter taste. mix and match, and do not be restricted to one type of vegetable.
DON’T: Reach straight for kale.
DO: Start with spinach.
This post is NOT to encourage anyone to make smoothie as meal replacement. Make and drink your smoothie according to your preference and health condition.
Tips for a creamy smoothie
This smoothie is so easy to make, it’s so creamy, so delicious and so refreshing. Here’s a few tips to guarantee a delicious creamy smoothie
- Frozen Fruits – this is key to making a smooth and creamy smoothie. Frozen fruits make the smoothie creamy and smooth and will not require use of crashed ice. This makes the smooth pure of fruits and less water from ice. Have the fruit in the freezer at least overnight. You can use fresh fruit, or you can use frozen fruits.
- No Ice Please – When you use frozen fruits, that already eliminates the need to use ice. Less water means purer creamy smoothie.
- 1/2 large Banana (about 85g)
- 5 large frozen Strawberry (about 110g)
- 1 tbsp Honey (can be substituted with sweetener of your choice)
- 1/4 cup Frozen Greek Yogurt (or cold yogurt if you do not have time to freeze it)
- 1/4 cup Coconut Milk (can be substituted with any milk like Almond milk, soy milk regular or skim milk)
Add milk, yogurt, banana, strawberry and sugar in a blender. Make sure to add the milk first so that it blends easily. Blend until smooth and thick. Adjust sweetness as desired.
Transfer in a serving glass and garnish with toppings of your choice. I added chopped strawberry and shredded coconut on top.
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