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Banana Strawberry Smoothie

Quick and refreshing breakfast or snack. As much as I love smoothies, I never tried making one myself. What was I waiting for?

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1 cup thawed or frozen strawberries
1 cup plain yogurt
1 medium banana (cut into smaller chunks)
3/4 cup orange juice

Throw all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Our blender broke so I used a hand mixer. If you use a hand mixer, use a mixing bowl with high sides since there's some splashback. Then we split it into 2 servings. Michael found his to be a satisfying breakfast. I liked it but was still hungry afterwards. Michael substituted in 3/4 cup of milk instead of orange juice when we made them again the next day.

Was too impatient to try to get the photo just right so I just snapped a photo and then used Photoshop to substitute in a black background. Kinda dramatic, no?

Now I love smoothies and I think they're pretty healthy. What else should I mix in for smoothies?


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Went to fitday.com to look up the caloric values of the ingredients. That's kind of a pain. Each serving had:
285 calories
825 mg potassium (23%DV)
2.4 g fat (4% DV)
8.8 g protein (16% DV)

1 cup sweetened strawberries 221 cal
1 cup plain, low fat yogurt 155 cal
1 medium banana 109 cal
3/4 cup orange juice 85 cal
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570 cal total

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found you through the cooking community - there is this nifty little recipe book called ultimate smoothies, 101 recipes, i'm telling you, RUN to your nearest book store and buy it. it's incredible. the combinations they speak of are heavenly.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0761525750/sr=1-1/qid=1139290429/ref=pd_bbs_1/104-7581625-7350355?%5Fencoding=UTF8

*125, not 101. ignore me, it's late.

What the . . . fitday seems way off on the stawberries. I prefer to use a book that's in my kitchen so I can do the math without going to the computer, but in any case, the USDA database is usually accurate. Most of the food diary sites simply lift their data from the USDA anyway:

http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/

That smoothie sounds delicious. I always add a banana for texture and orange for acidity. Just about anything can go place of the strawberries. Sometimes instead of OJ I use pomegranate juice. You can't really mess up a smoothie.

oh neat. The calculations for the strawberries might've been high since mine were frozen sweetened strawberries (I've now added that into the original post). That's a really handy link. Thank you!

Re: More ideas here....

cool. Thank you!

In a previous life I use to run a smoothie bar in Key West. Yes I was a Smoothie Operator! I could make those things in my sleep. 4 blenders going and making different combinations in each. It was such a fun job. I just cant do them in the winter though. I need hot hot hot.

Key West! I'd love to visit there some day! One friend who worked at an ice cream shop was surprised to see that they still had a really steady stream of customers even on the coldest days in winter. Maybe we're just trying to invoke memories of warmer days

yummm...i used to make strawberry-banana pancakes for the ex. they weren't as healthy for you, but damn they were good!!

pancakes aren't healthy? or just not as healthy as a yogurt smoothie?

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It's thick enough to coat the sides of the glass while I'm drinking. But also thin enough to be drinkable. I think it's about the thickness of a Fresh Samantha's smoothie. The recipe I was basing this off of had originally said just half a cup of orange juice but recommended adding more juice if you add a banana since that tended to thicken things a bit. So maybe go for a bigger banana or less juice if you try this.

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cool...I've always just hurriedly eaten bananas at that point. Nice to know I can save them for later.

Frozen mango and raspberries are awesome.

oooh...frozen mango sounds awesome. I'll have to hope Trader Joes has them in stock next time I go. (they seem to run out of that one a lot.

Hmmm, I tried that this morning but I had no orange juice (substituted milk) and only unsweetened strawberries - I ended up adding a little sugar. Guess I'll have to go get some OJ to help use up the rest of my plain yogurt!

The smoothies I usually make consist of:

1 banana
1 raw egg
1 cup milk
1 handful ice
1 package chocolate, strawberry or vanilla Carnation Instant Breakfast (There's lots of recipes on that site, too)

It comes out a little thin, but the egg helps with that and makes the shake a little more substantial. I reckon I could substitute the egg with yogurt and see how it is - knock out a ton of cholesterol too...

raw egg? Ick, I'm not sure I'd want to try the texture of that. Or is it not noticeable once it's all mixed in?

I used to drink these more often. I need to start again.
I used to like to make them and add a few tbsp of lite coconut milk(supposed to be good for the brain and depression) and non-fat milk, frozen pineapple, orange juice, banana, and a little whey protein powder.

Now I'm hungry :)

Your smoothie inspired me to whip up a smoothie this morning:
1/2 c 1% milk
1/2 cup filtered water
1/2 container lowfat peach yogurt w/ fruit
1/3-1/2 cup mixed frozen berries (blue, black, and raspberry)
1/2 scoop whey vanilla protein plus pinch sweetener

Smoothies are such a great way to start the morning.

Smoothie Suggestions

I use a vanilla flavored protein powder in my smoothies. I just looove them, because you can basically blend any combo of fruit, milk/juice, yogurt/frozen yogurt and ice and you're good to go.

Honey is good in there.

I also put in some freshly ground flax seeds.

Another favorite: peanut butter, banana, vanilla yogurt (and maybe some Hershey's)....but that's kind of a dessert smoothie. No matter, you can go on and on here! :D

Re: Smoothie Suggestions

interesting mix of things...why do you add protein powder? I used to think protein powder was for weightlifters looking to build muscle, but I've seen several people mention protein powder now. Don't the ground flax seeds make the smoothie kind of crunchy? Thanks for the ideas!

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