Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Raspberry Banana Smoothie

Raspberry Banana Smoothie
Have you gotten into the smoothie habit?  A couple of months ago I started drinking smoothies as a meal replacement once a day for four or five days a week.  Some days it is a breakfast smoothie.  Other days it might be a lunch smoothie.  Occasionally I replace dinner with a smoothie.  I  have
three basic recipes I rely upon, each with approximately 300 calories, or less.  Each has a very different flavor profile, so I choose the one that suits my mood and taste buds that day.

I've researched smoothie recipes on the Internet looking for flavorful and healthy options.  There are many, many smoothie recipes online you can try.  You'll want to be careful, though, because it is easy to pack too many calories into a smoothie and that defeats the purpose of introducing smoothies into your diet.

One key to enjoying a smoothie is getting a nice, creamy consistency.  That means you'll need a good blender that is able to pulverize the ingredients into a smooth consistency.   It doesn't have to be a fancy, expensive blender.  It just has to get the job done.  My favorite blender these days is my Ninja blender.  It has been one of my favorite things since I bought my first one in 2010.

Ninja Blender
This raspberry banana smoothie is one that I favor for breakfast or lunch.  The banana makes it a little sweet.  The ground flax seed and the almond butter give it body and make it more filling.  The raspberries pack the drink with antioxidants and the spinach adds additional vitamins.  The nutritional breakdown for this smoothie is:


 Have I convinced you to give it a try?  Let's make one now.

Raspberry Banana Smoothie
Donna's Raspberry Banana Smoothie
Print Recipe
Serves 1
  • 1 cup raspberries, or mixed berries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup baby spinach
  • 2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1 cup filtered water
Directions
Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of your blender.  If the fruit is frozen, let it thaw for 30 minutes or so.  Otherwise the consistency of the
smoothie will be very thick.  Blend for 30-60 seconds, until the ingredients are well combined and very smooth.

Do you have a favorite healthy smoothie?  If you do, please send me the recipe.  I'd like to expand my smoothie options.

Enjoy!

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2 comments:

  1. I have been on a smoothie kick for quite some time. I'm adding this to my list of recipes! Thanks Donna!

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    1. Go figure, one more party I'm late to arrive at! I'm enjoying my smoothies, too. More recipes to come shortly.

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