Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A Strawberry Banana Lunch Smoothie

As the days on the calendar move closer and closer to the first day of spring, I find myself thinking less about comfort food and more about fruits and salads.  Smoothies have become a favorite way for me to add fruits into my diet.  Smoothies have been all the rage for quite some time.  The problem with smoothies is that they can hide a whole lot of calories in a glass.  That means we have to be careful with our ingredients and aware of the resulting calorie count when consuming smoothies.  With that in mind, I've been building a collection of favorite smoothie recipes that are both delicious and calorie conscious.

Today's smoothie is a favorite lunch smoothie.   It weighs in at 180 calories, with 38 grams of carbohydrates, five grams of fiber and three grams of protein.  Some days I use frozen strawberries and a frozen banana. The frozen fruit makes a very thick smoothie in the consistency of soft serve ice cream.  When I eat that for lunch I  feel like I'm am being very decadent.  Other days I'll thaw the strawberries and use a fresh banana which results in a smoothie that is much thinner in consistency.  You can also add water to thin the smoothie if you prefer your smoothies to be of a very thin consistency.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Lunch Smoothie
Print Recipe
Makes one smoothie


  • 6 large frozen strawberries
  • 1 medium banana
  • 6 ounces coconut water
  • 1 teaspoon almond butter 
  • 1 teaspoon ground flax seed meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon stevia, optional


Directions
Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend for 20-30 seconds, or until you achieve the consistency you like.  Use frozen fruit for a very thick smoothie.




Don't be afraid to use frozen berries when making smoothies.  I have found frozen berries to be superior to the fresh berries in my grocery store's produce department.  The frozen berries I have used have been consistently at peak ripeness which results in a very flavorful smoothie. When you use great berries you won't find it necessary to add any sweeteners.

Freezing bananas is a great way to be sure you always have bananas on hand that are at the perfect ripeness for your smoothies.  As my bananas ripen I remove the peel and wrap each banana individually in plastic wrap. Then I put the individually wrapped bananas into a resealable plastic bag in the freezer.  In addition to the smoothies, you can also use the thawed  bananas in your favorite banana bread recipe or for a batch of banana cupcakes with maple frosting.

Other smoothies you might like:
Green Smoothie for Lunch
Raspberry Banana Smoothie


Enjoy!

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