Wellness Wednesday :: Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe

I’m a sucker for a good smoothie. When I was in high school, my friends and I used to go to Juice Shop in Greensboro (anyone been?) and get one of their huge smoothies for lunch. It’s such a filling, refreshing drink, especially on a hot summer day. But when you’re in high school, $5 for a smoothie added up, so I decided to learn how to make my own and find the best combo.

I’ve tried a lot of them out there, but this one remains to be my favorite because it’s a) easy (how can it get easier than three ingredients?) and b) incredibly healthy but tastes like a dessert (best combo ever, right?). And since we’re talking about strawberries this week, I couldn’t let the week go by without sharing my favorite recipe with you guys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:
1 cup orange juice
1 frozen banana, peeled and chopped
handful of strawberries (4-5 depending on size; fresh or frozen)

Throw it all in a blender for a minute or so.

See, I told you it was easy. I like to freeze my bananas so that it acts as ice and thickens your smoothie. You can also throw in any other fruit like raspberries, blueberries, mango, etc., for variety, but this simple three-ingredient gem is my fave. Enjoy!

 

What is your favorite smoothie recipe?
Do you prefer yogurt-based smoothies or OJ-based?

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  • Oooh I love smoothies – I make oaty ones for breakfast the night before, so that I can have a quick fix before dashing out in the mornings. Thanks for the tip about freezing the bananas. It’s too cold right now in the UK for that, but I will definitely bear it in mind for the summer months (if they arrive!). It’s a great way to keep bananas too – I already buy frozen berries as they keep better and are cheaper that way.
    Oh and I prefer yoghurt-based, the thicker the better… :)

  • Frozen strawberries
    Frozen peaches
    1/4 c. plain Greek yogurt
    1 c. oj
    1 c. fresh spinach

    DELICIOUS! You don’t even taste the spinach! (It does turn it green, though.)

  • I like green smoothies! 1 cup strawberries, 1 banana, 2 cups spinach, 1 cup water. It may not look pretty, but it tastes like strawberry banana…and the spinach makes it even healthier :)

  • the hubby makes the best smoothies too….i willl have to share this with him. Thanks for the recipe!

  • I use 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 banana, 5/6 frozen strawberries, ground flaxseed and a spoonful of greek yogurt. So yummy and filling!

  • This sounds yummo! My kids make smoothies EVERYDAY and use alot of bananas, strawberries and blueberries along with an egg and milk. I’m going to have them try this :)

  • I love smoothies. I throw in a scoop of protein powder. One stupid question for you, when you freeze the bananas do you freeze them peeled or unpeeled and does it matter?

  • I always freeze them unpeeled, because I find they keep their color better that way. However, I’ve read if you cut up your bananas in cubes and freeze them in a zip lock bag, then they don’t go brown, so maybe I need to try that.