I’ve been drinking these smoothies practically every day for the past two months. Why? Besides the fact that they taste delicious, are quick & easy, my children like them and they are healthy… my husband and I have adjusted our eating habits to include 4 servings of vegetables, 2 servings of fruit, and at least 8 – 8 oz. cups of water a day. One “giant” serving of this smoothie has 2-3 servings of fruit, 1 serving of veggies and 8oz. of water — it’s an easy way for me to eat/drink all of that and I can take it in the car with me if I need too.
I use frozen fruit that I either freeze myself when I come across a great deal or bags of frozen strawberries and a frozen berry mix that I purchase at Costco (better price than my beloved Trader Joes). The frozen berries mix includes blueberries, raspberries and blackberries; plus berries are full of healthy antioxidants. Bananas freeze well, so it’s another great way to salvage those over-ripe bananas. (From experience, I suggest peeling the bananas before you freeze them. It will make your life a little less messy.) You will also need a blender. I have an Oster Blender that I bought at Costco for $30; it’s not fancy, but it gets the job done. So, don’t let your blender stop you from trying smoothies ~
I like to serve these to my children as part of their breakfast, as a before sport energy booster or for an after school snack. When I have spinach, I sneak it in as and added serving of veggies, I’m a tricky mom like that. My kids aren’t brave enough for a green monster smoothie…. yet!!
Berry Banana Smoothie (Serves 2-3)
- 1 Banana (fresh or frozen)
- 1 cup frozen Strawberries (about 6)
- 1 cup frozen Berries
- 1 cup water (depends on how you measure the Strawberries & the size of your Banana)
- 1 large handful of spinach leaves
- a dash of Stevia powder (a natural sweetner that I use to counter-act the tartness of the berries) or sweetner/sugar of choice. (raw honey, maple syrup etc…
- flax seeds
Break the banana into 2-4 chunks and add to the blender. Add the Strawberries, Berries, and 1/2 cup of the water. (I add the spinach & stevia at this point, too – but you can also mix it in after the fruit.) Blend until smooth & creamy, adding more water as needed. I typically have to stop my blender & mix it with a spoon once or twice.
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