I love smoothies! And not the ones that taste like chalk, but the super yummy smoothies. Sometimes smoothies can get really high in calories and sugar, but this one has no artificial flavors and makes a huge serving (I often split it). Here’s my go to smoothie for breakfast, after a workout, or simply an afternoon snack.
Strawberry-Banana Protein Smoothie:
1 cup orange juice (I use a tad less – Trop50 less sugar OJ)
1 cup frozen strawberries (about 7)
1 scoop Protein powder (I use Muscle Milk Light, vanilla creme – 25g protein)
1 tbsp ground flaxseed (you don’t have to have this, but just extra nutrients)
2 big spoonfuls of plain non-fat greek yogurt (I use Greek Gods Poseidon or Oikos individual honey)
1tbsp agave nectar for sweetness
I add the ingredients into the blender in the order I listed and blend! This will make about 3 cups, so if you want a smaller smoothie, just half the ingredients.
|Strawberry-Banana Protein Smoothie – the other half is in the freezer for another day!|
Total – 420 calories, 54g sugar, 23g protein
Half the smoothie – 210 calories, 27g sugar, 12.5g protein
Lower the calories/sugar:
Instead of 1 cup orange juice (50 cal, 10g sugar), use 1/2 cup OJ, 1/2 cup water.
Omit the agave nectar (60 cal, 16g sugar)
Variations to smoothie:
Use peaches instead of strawberries for a Peach-Banana Smoothie
Use both peaches and strawberries (just use less strawberries) for a Strawberry-Peach-Banana Smoothie.
Add blueberries for a Strawberry-Blueberry-Banana Smoothie.
….the options are really endless using whatever fruit you love!
1. If you don’t have frozen fruit, just add some ice cubes to your smoothie (1/2 cup at a time).
2. You can also, make the entire smoothie and pour half of it in a sealed cup container to freeze for later. This also doubles as an ice pack in your lunch. Just pack it in your lunch to thaw throughout the morning!
3. Peel bananas, cut into a few pieces, put in plastic baggie, and put in freezer (1 banana per baggie). Just pop the frozen bananas in your smoothie to blend!