Mama’s Berry SmoothieTuesday, June 14, 2011
Answer: During the warmer weather, I whip up smoothies for a quick and easy family breakfast. Here are some tips to for making healthy smoothies.
Smoothie Faux Pas
Making smoothies is easy, but keeping calories in check isn’t always that simple. Although smoothies are usually filled with fruit, milk, and yogurt, going overboard on portions can make calories skyrocket! It’s also important to choose the right ingredients.
Choosing Your Ingredients
- Bananas: Once I find my bananas are browning, I peel and freeze them in a freezer-safe bag. My kids hate snacking on browning bananas and I get upset when I end up tossing them (so it’s a win-win situation at the end). Frozen bananas keep for at least 3 months in the freezer.
- Frozen fruit: Stock your fridge with a few of your favorite varieties of frozen fruit. Be sure you buy the unsweetened varieties.
- Fresh fruit: If you have fresh fruit on hand, use them in place of some of the frozen ones.
- Greek yogurt: Nonfat Greek yogurt helps give smoothies a more creamy texture. It also contains more protein per ounce compared with traditional yogurt.
Mama’s Berry Smoothie
Yield: 4 servings (about 6 fluid ounces each)
1 ½ medium bananas, peeled and frozen
½ cup frozen raspberries
½ cup frozen blueberries
1 cup fresh whole strawberries
½ cup nonfat milk
¼ cup nonfat Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
1. Place ingredients in blender; blend until smooth.
Nutrition info per serving:
Total Fat: 0 grams
Saturated Fat: 0 gram
Total Carbohydrate: 27.4 grams
Protein: 3.4 grams
Sodium: 23 milligrams
Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
Fiber: 3 grams
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