|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 1 to 2|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 2g||2%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||1%|
|Total Carbohydrate 45g||16%|
|Dietary Fiber 8g||27%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Among all of the smoothie flavor options, few can beat a strawberry banana smoothie. The two fruits are natural companions and this smoothie recipe keeps things simple in order to showcase their sweet taste. It's quick, healthy, and energizing, and makes a yummy breakfast drink or afternoon snack.
While it is easy, the trick to a great-tasting strawberry banana smoothie is to use frozen strawberries (you can use frozen banana slices, too). Frozen fruit eliminates the need for ice, so the smoothie is thick and creamy but also ice-cold and refreshing. Additionally, fresh strawberries don't last long in the typical grocer packaging, and freezing them preserves their fresh taste. Slice them up and in as little as an hour in the freezer, they'll be ready for your smoothie. Many grocery stores also sell sliced strawberries in the freezer case.
This smoothie recipe uses vanilla almond milk for a delicious background flavor and a bit of honey for extra sweetness. It's a basic mix that you can build on with other ingredients that you have on hand. From ginger to chia seeds, even a scoop of yogurt, there are many ways to play with this nutritious drink.
Gather the ingredients.
Cut the banana into slices.
In a blender, add the frozen strawberries, banana slices, almond milk, and honey.
Blend until smooth.
Pour into a glass. Serve and enjoy!
- This recipe makes one large or two small smoothies.
- Store any leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. It can be frozen as well but will need to thaw out to make it drinkable.
- When using two frozen fruits, you may want to add a little extra milk if it's too thick.
- To freeze strawberries, rinse them under cold water and let the water drain off. Slice off the green top (or hull the berries, if desired) and cut into slices. Place in a single layer on a plate or baking sheet and freeze for 1 or 2 hours, then transfer to a freezer-safe container.
- Add 1/2 cup of ice to the blender when not using frozen fruit. It won't be quite as creamy, but will still be delicious.
- Use your favorite type of milk. Dairy, soy, rice, and even coconut work wonderfully. If the milk is unflavored, add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the blender.
- Split the milk with an equal part of yogurt.
- Use agave nectar or maple syrup as a sweetener to replace the honey.
- Add a spoonful of chia seeds, hemp seeds, ground flax, wheat germ, or protein powder for a nutritious boost.
- Toss other berries—fresh or frozen—into the blender.
- Give the smoothie a zing of flavor with a tablespoon of minced ginger. For a cool flavor twist, add chopped mint leaves.
- Turn this into a green smoothie with a handful of baby spinach. Kale may be too strong a flavor for strawberries and bananas, but if you prefer that green, it's worth trying.
What Are the Benefits of a Strawberry Banana Smoothie?
In general, smoothies are packed with nutrition. Beyond the delicious flavor, the strawberry banana smoothie doesn't require exotic ingredients, so it's a simple way to get more fruits into your diet without a lot of effort. The two fruits are low-calorie and contain vitamin C for a healthy immune system and fiber, which can regulate digestion and may reduce risks of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers. They're also good sources of potassium and antioxidants, among other nutrients and vitamins. Many of these are also found in the honey, while the almond milk is lactose-free and an excellent source of calcium and vitamin E.
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