The weather is warmer, and some of us need a little more boost in our day! Our house has been developing smoothies! We are going to share our favorites over the next few weeks!
I started looking into smoothies more as a snack or meal replacement. I needed some extra calories after exercise and needed them to be nutrition-packed. If you are working out you want a little extra protein in your day. By using food like bananas, almonds, almond milk, Greek yogurt and more you can add natural protein without a powder.
Pre-Mix Shakes vs. Homemade Smoothies
What is the difference here? Pre-mix shakes come packed with protein. But they are often packed with cholesterol and fat. Although we all need cholesterol and fat in our diet, for some people having one or two of those shakes a day can be disastrous for their arteries. (My husband was one of those people).
Fruit, and vegetable, smoothies are nutritious but don’t overwhelm cholesterol or fat. They also provide a means to add fruit and vegetable servings to your diet that you might not eat otherwise. Drinking them is often a lot easier for some people than sitting down to eat the raw veggie or fruit.
Homemade smoothies are also kid-friendly. Protein shakes and other types of shakes are not meant for children. We have found adding a serving of a smoothie to breakfast helps increase the nutrients in a delicious way for our little one each morning. Not only are they great morning snacks, but they are fabulous after school snacks.
Not only are they great for kids, but if you have late evening cravings, a half a serving (or one serving) is just enough to feel full.
Strawberry Almond Smoothie
This smoothie is not the first one we made, and it’s a bit different. I made this to create a higher protein and higher calorie drink.
I use frozen strawberries in this recipe, but fresh is great also. If you use fresh I recommend adding the cup of ice cubes that is listed as optional in the recipe. Especially if you are going to drink immediately.
In our house, we rarely drink immediately. We make several different smoothies and store them in the fridge for later date snacks. Thus eliminating ice cubes.
The almonds (we used roasted unsalted) in this recipe give it an interesting flavor while adding awesome protein. Add some almond milk to enhance that flavor and a banana for a bit more protein. We love vanilla almond milk (sweetened and unsweetened), and we also use a vanilla Greek yogurt to add some more flavor. If you really wanted to increase some protein and calories you could also add some milled flax powder. This recipe doesn’t have it, but most of our other recipes coming up will. So if you feel like prepping a bunch of different smoothies over the next few weeks, you can get a really great price at Aldi on milled flaxseed.
Start by putting the ice cubes in (if using ice cubes), then add your almond milk, yogurt, frozen strawberries, banana, and then almonds. If your blender has a smoothie setting it works great. If it doesn’t choose your higher setting or pulse to start, and then go to a smoother lower setting to follow up after one or two minutes.
If you feel your smoothie is too thick add a bit more almond milk to the mix, or a little water would work if you don’t want the calories of the milk.
I enjoy my smoothie in a wine glass! I know it’s nuts! Our little one uses his own favorite cups and we store them in our refrigerator inside of water bottle containers. They will keep for up to 3 days if immediately refrigerated after mixing.
Have a delicious, nutritious treat during your day. Stick with us over the next few weeks to get all the Family Lifestyle smoothie creations.
- 1 c ice cubes (optional)
- 1 c vanilla almond milk (sweetened or unsweetened)
- ½ c vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 banana
- 1 c frozen strawberries (or fresh)
- ½ to 1 c almonds (unsalted, roasted or plain)
- 2 tbsp milled flaxseed (optional)
- Add ingredients to blender in the order listed above.
- Use a smoothie setting to blend drink.
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