Strawberry Banana Smoothie | Nutrition Stripped
Eat Well May. 16. 2013
Beverages

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

May. 16. 2013
Beverages
McKel Hill, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill, MS, RDN, LDN

Dietitian, Founder

Looking for a quick smoothie? Try this classic combination of strawberries and bananas in a simple Strawberry Banana Smoothie.

This smoothie is full of nutrients, antioxidants, fiber, simple sugars from the fruit, and protein to help keep you satiated, repair muscle tissue (great for a post-workout smoothie). Not to mention has an excellent taste and texture.

I don’t know what is so great about this classic combination of bananas and strawberries, but these two flavors pair so well together.

Another optional ingredient to add into this smoothie are greens such as spinach, cucumber, or celery which would all go very well in this smoothie since the strawberries and bananas are so naturally sweet.

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Fiber

In 1 cup of fresh strawberries, you’ll get about 3g of fiber, which isn’t much compared to how much you need in a day, but for a shake, that’s a great start! To boost the fiber, read the optimizer option below.

Healthy Fat

Coconut milk is one of my favorite sources of healthy fat, it tastes delicious, it’s easy to use in cooking and creating a creamy texture in smoothies and shakes.

Plus, coconut milk and coconut, in general, contains a different type of fat (MCT – medium chain triglycerides) that are absorbed and utilized “quickly” compared to long-chain triglycerides like ones found in olive oil. Both healthy, both provide health benefits and different culinary uses. Read more on my recent thoughts about the whole “coconut thing”.

Antioxidants

Including phytonutrients like anthocyanins, tannins, anthocyanins, flavonols, resveratrol, ellagic acid, catechins from the strawberries alone.

Vitamin C

Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C, in just 1 cup of fresh strawberries there’s about 149% DV of vitamin C- which is important in our overall health from fighting inflammation, collagen production.

The Recipe

Serves 1

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Ingredients

1 1/2 cup frozen organic strawberries (or fresh)

1 frozen banana

1 cup of greens such as spinach, celery, cucumber, or zucchini

1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (or coconut milk is recommended for a thicker consistency)

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

A dash of cinnamon

Instructions

Step 1 (the only step)

In a high-speed blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. You may add ice if you’d like to serve the smoothie chilled, otherwise, enjoy immediately!

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