I’ve been saving up some food posts forever. And I’m just giving in and posting them now. Last weekend I made the best smoothie from scratch. I love smoothies, but they are actually not as healthy as most people think. They’re usually loaded with sugars, calories, fat, protein (adding on more calories), etc. The best way to avoid that is to keep it as simple as possible and make your own. At a smoothie store, you don’t know what they are putting in it, how fresh the fruits are (or if they’re even using real fruit), or what kind of additives and supplements they include.
So, keep it simple. Keep it as close to just fruit and ice as you possibly can. Keep in mind a banana can add a lot of body and substance to a smoothie without loading it down with milk and powders. The basic ingredients are ice (duh), fruit (berries work well, but just any soft-ish fruits are great), banana (if you’re so inclined), and then you can add juice or water to make it more liquid and if you’re inclined include some milk/soy milk/or yogurt. For this smoothie, I was in a hurry to run some errands, but needed to eat my morning yogurt, get some other food in me since it was pushing past lunchtime already, and I wanted something cold because let’s face it, July in Nashville = purgatory heat! So this is a great way to do all those things, especially beat the heat.
Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of this lovely pink strawberry banana smoothie. It was so delicious, I sipped it down before I could get a picture. Plus you don’t want it to melt right?
Strawberry Banana Yogurt Smoothie
1.5-2 cups ice (adjust to your frozen preference. I like mine pretty icy/crunchy for more texture)
6-8 medium to large strawberries (adjust to taste)
1 large banana
1- 4oz. container of strawberry fat free yogurt.
3/4-1.5 cup of Pear Cinnamon Cider (this came from Trader Joes but regular apple juice or cider would work)
In a blender, add 1/2 of the ice, capped strawberries, banana cut into pieces, yogurt, 3/4 cup cider/juice. Pulse to break up ice and blend ingredients. Add more ice and cider to taste and more strawberries if necessary.
Tip: Pulsing will break up the ice and move it down to the bottom, rather than leaving it on one setting where the bottom gets blended more than the top and wears out the motor of the blender.
Pour and enjoy!!