Welcome to Smoothie Saturday! Like many people, I started 2017 with a resolution to eat healthy and take care of myself. But as a mom of a teen and two tweens, that’s easier said than done. I admit, I often find myself just grabbing a handful of Goldfish or Cheez-Its as I run out the door, vowing to make sure I eat something healthy later in the day. Generally that never happens and by the time dinner rolls around, I’m starving and will eat anything.
I am approaching the big 5-0 this year though, so it really is time to make a change. One of the easiest ways to do that? Smoothies. You can whip them up fast and fill them with all kinds of healthy goodness that will help get you through the day. Add some Greek yogurt and protein powder for extra nutrients and it’s a meal in a glass. One that you can even throw in a to-go cup and take with you if you’re in a hurry and need to get out the door.
So join me each week as I share my favorite smoothie recipes!
First up, Strawberry Raspberry Banana Smoothie. I love this recipe as it’s a great way to get your fruit in the morning, and it tastes so much like a strawberry milkshake. The banana adds some sweetness to the smoothie, and helps create the creamy texture. I used fresh ripe bananas, but you can also freeze banana slices and use those for added convenience if you prefer.
I LOVE fresh berries, and you can certainly use them, but using frozen berries is not only more convenient, it will add to the creamy thickness of the smoothie. Also there is no need to take time to wash and cut fresh berries, and for me, that is key when I have a day packed with work and the kids’ activities. I can get just as many antioxidants and and as much fiber from frozen berries as fresh berries, but save myself valuable time.
I add one scoop of vanilla protein powder to my smoothie. You can add 2 scoops if you prefer, but I am not a huge fan of the protein powder taste. However, I’m a 50 year old mom with three kids who remembers having lots of muscle mass at one time, so I can stand at least one scoop in my smoothie. Protein powder is good for helping to build lean muscle mass, and it will also help you feel more full after drinking a smoothie. I’m all for that.
Try to stick with Greek Yogurt. It is thicker than regular yogurt so it will make your smoothie thicker, and it has more protein than regular yogurts.
I have a confession: I hate yogurt. Really, cannot stand it. But I know it is good for me and I should try to incorporate it into my diet. So I hide it in a smoothie. Another confession? I add just a drop of honey to add a little more sweetness. Just a tiny drop. Over time I hope to eliminate that, but for the moment, if it means I drink a smoothie that is healthy and good for me at least once a day, I’m ok with a drop of honey.
I use the Nutri Ninja® Nutri Bowl™ Duo™ with Auto-iQ Boost™ to blend my smoothies. This appliance makes unbelievably smooth smoothies. You can use a regular blender also. Just make sure to add your ingredients in the right order to help blend the ingredients better. Always have the frozen berries closest to the blades of the blender, and add your liquid last.
The recipe below makes enough for 2 servings. I make a full recipe and keep the extra in the refrigerator to have later in the day. If you want to make one serving, just halve the recipe measurements.