If you need a simple, cheap, healthy and calorie-packed breakfast, we suggest you consider this strawberry banana smoothie recipe. All it takes is some berries, bananas, milk, sugar, ice cubes, and a few minutes of chopping and blending.
How To Make A Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Banana smoothies will get oxidized and darkened almost instantly after coming out of the blender. The reason is that, when you blend bananas, the air gets mixed into the smoothie, just like how egg whites are whipped. Even if you preserve the smoothie in an air-tight container right away, it still turns dark very quickly because there are a lot of air bubbles within the smoothie.
That’s why our recipe calls for orange. Orange contains vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, which prevents the banana cells from being oxidized instantly, thus keeping the color vibrant for longer. Also, orange is like a natural sweetener, so we don’t have to add a lot of granulated sugar.
As good as it sounds, this effect can wear off and your smoothie will turn dark when left to sit for too long. If you’re making breakfast and smoothie is a part of it, make sure to blend your smoothie last and serve right away.
How Nutritious is Strawberry Banana Smoothie?
Some vitamins, vitamin C for example, are fragile. Under long exposure to heat, they are simply broken down into inessential substances. Involving no heat, smoothies are considered to be a delicious way to enjoy fruits without having its nutritional content compromised.
With that said, here are some of the benefits of this strawberry banana smoothie:
- Healthier body: the large amount of antioxidants in the berries— especially vitamin C, can protect your body’s cells from being damaged by reactive molecules called free radicals. It can even potentially lower the chance of having heart disease, cancer and other diseases.
- Lowered blood pressure: bananas contain a large amount of potassium, which plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy level of blood pressure.
As well as that, there are also trace amounts of vitamin B9, B6, and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, etc. that allow your body to function properly.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie Calories
Our strawberry banana smoothie yields 216 calories per serving. Other recipes only yield around 110-120 calories per serving, usually because their smoothies only contain banana, strawberries, and milk. As we’ve included orange to reduce the speed of browning (and add another flavor note), sugar was added and therefore raised the calories to around 200. You can skip the orange and the sugar in this recipe if browning isn’t your concern.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie With Yogurt
There are ways to elevate your smoothie, and one of those is adding yogurt. It will taste better, plus transform your smoothie into a healthy breakfast bowl.
In accordance with our healthy eating guidelines, a breakfast should have around 600 calories and less than 7 grams of saturated fats. By including 3 cups of greek yogurt and 1 oz of sliced almonds on top, you can create 4 strawberry banana breakfast bowls. Each bowl yields 587 calories and 7 grams of saturated fats, with up to 57% of your protein for the day.
And, instead of using ice, you can freeze the fruits before blending which makes amazing breakfast bowls. We don’t want the bowls to be watery.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie Without Yogurt
If you choose not to add yogurt, you can still get creative with other elements, such as:
Adding other fruits: your grocery list doesn’t have to end at strawberries and bananas. Spice up your breakfast smoothie with other kinds of fruits! We would love the smoothie even more if there were some blueberries in it. Not only will they add a vibrant purple-ish hue to your smoothie, but they can also add a large amount of antioxidants.
Using nut milk: we tried adding some almonds into the blender, and the smoothie came out not as good as we expected. However, adding almond milk is a whole other story. It adds great flavor to your smoothie, and even better, makes the smoothie vegan-friendly!
Alternate sweeteners: if you are off granulated sugar, try substituting with honey or maple syrup, each lend their own rich flavor and sweetness to the mix.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe
- 17 oz banana
- 10 oz strawberry
- 3 oz orange
- 12 tbsp whole milk
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 1 cup ice or more
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- Place all ingredients in your blender and blend.
- Serve in glasses. It’s as simple as that.
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