A strawberry and banana smoothie makes the perfect breakfast or afternoon snack, and it’s an easy meal you can feel good about. Instead of grabbing a preservative filled, hot pink yogurt, make your own!
Strawberry banana smoothies are a sweet, cold drink typically made by blending together just 3 ingredients: strawberries, bananas, and milk. Sometimes yogurt, almond milk, soy milk or ice is added to improve the creaminess and thickness of the recipe.
Bananas are rich in fiber, antioxidants and several nutrients. The high amount of potassium in bananas helps decrease your risk of kidney stones. They’re also high in fiber and resistant starch, which helps feed the friendly bacteria in your gut and help protect against colon cancer.
Strawberries are a good source of vitamin C, manganese, folate and potassium, as well as several other vitamins and minerals. They’re very rich in antioxidants and certain plant compounds that have heart health benefits and may help control blood sugar.
Depending on how it’s made, a 12 ounce serving contains around 188 to 210 calories, is usually low in fat, and contains a good amount of protein (between 2 and 16 grams). They can be higher in naturally occurring sugars, so it’s important not to add more sweeteners (like sugar or honey) than is necessary to sweeten it. Use no sweeteners if possible.
1 cup fresh strawberries
1 medium banana
1 cup skim milk
1-2 tbsp honey (sweeten to taste)
1 cup ice cubes (optional)
Step 1 – add all ingredients to blender
Step 2 – blend until smooth
Step 3 – enjoy