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
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
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