Angela has lived with many inflammatory illnesses. Through the changes in her diet and the use of supplements, her life has turned around.
Strawberries and bananas go together like milk and cookies—just a lot healthier. This healthy, easy-to-make snack has been my go-to for an afternoon snack for the kids. It takes minimal preparation and cleanup.
Although strawberries and bananas are my usual favorites, I often add raspberries, blueberries, or any other fruit. Adding yogurt to the mixture gives it the added benefit of health for your digestive tract while also containing antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals with very few artificial sugars.
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1 tall glass (or several smaller cups)
- 1/2 cup strawberry yogurt
- Splash of apple juice or grape juice
- 1/2 cup sliced fresh pre-washed strawberries
- 1 banana cut into four pieces, frozen or fresh
- 1 cup crushed ice, although whole ice will do (if you use frozen bananas, ice is unnecessary)
- 1/4 cup any berry of your choice (optional)
- Any blender will do, although they make special smoothie blenders. I will admit my smoothie blender does make smoothies a little quicker; I use both my smoothie maker and blender, and they both do great! When making a smoothie, always pour your liquids into the blender first. When making yogurt smoothies, I always add the yogurt first, then a splash of apple or grape juice. The juice will help the smoothie be a tad sweeter. It is a better alternative than using sugar.
- Once you add the liquids, it is time to add the fruit. In this case, you will be adding a quarter cup of sliced strawberries and a whole banana. You can also use any berry as well. Added fruit will only enhance the flavor.
- Once all the ingredients have been added, you then add the ice on top, which is vital because placing the ice on the bottom will take much longer to blend. I prefer to use crushed ice, which causes the smoothie to mix more quickly and thoroughly.
- Next, it is time to blend. On a regular blender, I press puree and hold it down for about 30 seconds. If needed, I will stir the mixture and puree for another thirty seconds until the smoothie is completely smooth. You will know when it is smooth because there will be no clunking of ice. If the smoothie seems too thick, add another splash of juice.
- Finally, pour the mixture into a cup, and enjoy! I like to keep straws around because it tastes better through a straw! I believe your kids will agree!
- If you split this drink with someone, it has less than 200 calories, making it the perfect snack.
- With yogurt and fruits, it contains a lot of nutrients and minerals. The smoothie is full of vitamin C, which will benefit your immune system and make you more capable of fighting off colds and the flu.
- It will help your eye health and arthritis because it is full of antioxidants, which allows your tissues to repair themselves better. Antioxidants in strawberries specifically target eye health, as well as help reduce the symptoms of arthritis.
- Its muscle repairing qualities make it an excellent choice after a nice workout.
- Yogurt smoothies, in general, are excellent choices for women due to the calcium it provides. This calcium will help strengthen your bones. It will also help with overall digestive health, including balancing the correct levels of enzymes in your digestive tract.
- Bananas and strawberries are full of fiber, which helps with digestion.
- Strawberries have folate, which is great for a pregnant woman since folate helps build the spinal cord, which will nourish your baby.
In short, strawberry banana yogurt smoothies are a healthy choice for everyone. Not only is it relatively low in calories, but also it is full of nutrients that your body needs to repair and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Remember to include a very colorful diet, as the more colors you have in your diet, the more nutrients you are getting.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Angela Michelle Schultz