Start to Finish: 5 minutes Servings: 1 to 2 Difficulty Level: Beginner
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Start and end your day the same way -- with a strawberry and banana smoothie. This drink is nutritious and filling enough to eat for breakfast, and its sweet creaminess makes it fitting for dessert, too.
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup strawberry-banana yogurt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 handful ice cubes
Place the frozen berries in the bottom of the blender. Add the peeled banana, yogurt, milk and ice. Cover the blender and puree the smoothie using the blend or high setting of the blender for about 30 seconds.
Stop the blender and remove the cover. Scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula. Replace the cover and blend the drink for an additional 15 seconds or until the smoothie is even in color and texture.
Serve the drink in a tall glass. To garnish, chop up a fresh strawberry and a few banana slices and spoon the fruit on top of the smoothie.
Add a Protein Boost
To make a drink low in calories and packed with filling protein, make a version of this smoothie similar to one that's featured in the book "101 Best Recipes From The Biggest Loser." Use vanilla almond milk as the smoothie liquid and increase the amount to 1 cup. Add 4 tablespoons of protein powder and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract to the smoothie. Use strawberry-, banana-, vanilla- or chocolate-flavored protein powder.
The original "Biggest Loser" recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 packet of natural sweetener as well but you can make the drink sweet and chocolatey with a drizzle of chocolate syrup or by substituting chocolate milk for the almond milk.
More Ideas to Try
- Freeze the banana first to intensify the flavor. Slice the banana and arrange the pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet. Freeze the sheet for about 30 minutes.
- Add 1/2 cup of frozen raspberries or other berries to give the smoothie a darker color and stronger berry flavor.
- Using lemon yogurt or substituting orange or cranberry juice for milk makes the smoothie tart.
- Add 1/2 cup of pineapple chunks and use coconut milk as the liquid for a tropical flavor.
- To make a smoothie that doubles as an evening cocktail, add 1/2 cup of rum or vodka to the blender.