This blueberry and banana smoothie tastes so fresh and flavorful, you’ll forget it’s still winter and snowing outside! Did I mention it takes about five minutes to make? You can thank me later!
I tend to go through food phases. How about you? Right now I’m really getting into smoothies! I love how you can just throw in your ingredients, push a button and voila! a quick, easy and healthy snack! It doesn’t really get much easier than that, does it?
Another thing I love about them is that you can also customize them in sooooo many ways. I love changing up the fruits, yogurts and milk varieties, depending on what’s in season or on sale. Plus, you can enjoy them year round since I like to use frozen fruits in my smoothies to begin with. Even though it’s currently about 32 degrees outside and not many fruits are currently in season, there are so many frozen fruits available in your freezer section these days, that you don’t have to wait for warmer weather to enjoy one right now! Yay!
One additional note on using frozen fruit. Having the banana sliced and frozen ahead of time is a must. I know it takes a little prior planning, but this is what gives the smoothie its rich and creamy texture. We buy tons of bananas each week and when they turn ripe quicker than we can eat them, I slice them in about 1-2 inch pieces and throw them in the freezer in a zip-lock baggie. This way I always have frozen banana pieces ready for my smoothie enjoying pleasure 🙂
Another thing I love about smoothies (the list just goes on and on, right??) is that you can really reduce the calorie and fat count by using low calorie/low fat yogurt and/or milk. If you don’t drink dairy, you could even use milk-free varieties. I often use almond or soy milk in smoothies with great success. I used vanilla soy milk in the one pictured above and it totaled about 150 calories per serving. If I had used my usual unsweetened almond milk, I could have brought down to just over 130 calories for each one! How great is that? Quick, healthy and delicious! What are you waiting for, go make one now and see for yourself!
- 1 (6 oz) light vanilla yogurt
- ½ cup milk, plus more to thin
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- 1 banana, sliced and frozen
- Place ingredients in the blender in the order listed (only using ½ cup milk).
- Blend on high. If you don't have a high-tech blender (I don't) you will probably have to stop a few times to scrape down the sides , stir and add additional milk. I add about 2 extra tablespoons to get it to the consistency I like. If you like your smoothies on the thinner side, you can add more milk.
- Pour into two glasses and enjoy!