The Perfect Strawberry Banana Smoothie

IMG_2575-660Smoothies are like the easiest things in the world for people who are trying to eat healthy. In grad school I would always have a smoothie for breakfast after a night of partying, inevitably waking up everyone in the house, but ailing my hangover like no other. I kind of consider myself an expert on the subject, so I’ll share some things I’ve learned.

Always stock your fridge with frozen fruit and apple juice. One of those fruits should probably be a banana, as bananas are really good for getting the right kind of smoothie consistency/flavor. Even if you don’t make smoothies that often, having these items on hand is pretty easy, because they take forever to go bad.

Essential Ingredients:

  • One whole frozen banana – frozen gives better consistency
  • Handful of frozen or refrigerated strawberries
  • 1 cup Apple Juice – mix with water to reduce sugar intake, if needed

Add-Ons:

  • Protein Powder – good for when your working out consistently and not getting a lot protein – I use Trader Joe’s brand
  • A spoonful of Peanut Butter
  • A handful of spinach – you will NOT taste it and you’ll get a bunch of vitamins all up in your system
  • Granola
  • Yogurt
  • Honey

The blender in my apartment is a beast and will usually work with just 1 cup of liquid, especially since I add the liquid first. If, for whatever reason, your blender isn’t working, mix everything around and add a splash of water.

Smoothies can be a great way to stay trim and meet your nutritional needs, but they’re also filled with calories. So, be mindful of that and understand it’s really a meal that your having, not a drink to have on top of something else.

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