A Healthy Strawberry Banana Smoothie to Energize Your Morning

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Strawberry Banana Smoothies, an easy and healthy way to begin any morning.

My day usually begins with the treadmill and very often, a smoothie, followed later by a latte before settling into my writing, baking, creating, planning kind of life. I like to keep the smoothies fresh by switching between a Blueberry Smoothie and this Strawberry Smoothie. Both are incredible, both are extraordinarily healthy and energizing.

Strawberries are just coming into season from California in my markets. And I can’t seem to get enough of them. Thus, this smoothie is making a regular appearance these days.

To the strawberries, we add a banana, milk of choice, yogurt (for the probiotics) and optionally, flax seeds for protein and additional fiber.

We mentioned healthy starts. Here’s some inspirational data on health benefits!

Smoothie Health Benefits:

Let’s begin with strawberries…

7 Strawberry Health Benefits

1. High in antioxidants
2. Helps fight cancer
3. Defends against heart disease
4. Protects skin damage: sun, environment, diet
5. Benefits brain health
6. Detox
7. Supports healthy pregnancies

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Flax Seed Health Benefits

This Strawberry Banana Smoothie recipe contains one teaspoon of ground flaxseed. It’s completely optional, and I don’t add it every time.

While most health research on flax is relatively new and isn’t conclusively established, there are promising health benefits emerging in the studies conducted.

Here are the health benefits we found:

1. Cancer: protective effect against breast, prostate and colon cancers.
2. Cardiovascular Disease: anti-inflammatory, regulates heartbeat, prevents hardening of the arteries.
3. Lung Disease: reduces inflammation

How to Serve a Strawberry Smoothie

This strawberry smoothie is best ice cold. To achieve this, you need to either use frozen strawberries, or throw in 8-10 ice cubes. I’m not a huge fan of ice cubes so I almost always use frozen strawberries.

However, if you are going to use fresh strawberries (like I did this morning), then freeze the yogurt for about an hour before making the smoothie.

Servings

While this recipe is written for two servings, sometimes I can’t help myself and end up with a smoothie for one. It’s just too good!

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie

A Healthy Strawberry Banana Smoothie to Energize Your Morning | 31Daily.com

Seriously delicious and easy to whip up in the morning. Healthy ingredients in this smoothie bring Vitamin C, probiotics, protein, fiber, and so much more to your morning. While this makes 2 smoothies, I can drink the whole thing… easily!

  • Author: Stephanie Wilson
  • Yield: 2 smoothies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup milk (or almond, coconut, soy)
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (or Greek yogurt)
  • 1 teaspoon flax seeds

Instructions

Blend until completely smooth and serve immediately.

Notes

This strawberry smoothie is best ice cold. To achieve this, you need to either use frozen strawberries, or throw in 8-10 ice cubes. I’m not a huge fan of ice cubes so I almost always use frozen strawberries.

However, if you are going to use fresh strawberries (like I did this morning), then freeze the yogurt for about an hour before making the smoothie.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 144 calories
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 7 g
A Healthy Strawberry Banana Smoothie to Energize Your Morning | 31Daily.com

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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her family.

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