Strawberry Banana Smoothie


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Strawberry Banana Smoothie

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People all over the world love to wake up to the peppy aroma and flavour of strawberry. It is great to add to porridges and cereals, have as such, or in the form of a tantalizing Strawberry Banana Smoothie. Bananas not only make the smoothie filling, they also impart a natural sweetness that balances the tanginess of strawberries very well. This helps do away with sugar; and just a dash of honey is enough give the smoothie a pleasantly sweet taste. It is our good fortune that this oh-so-tasty drink is also chock-full of essential nutrients. The vitamin C in strawberry gives your skin a healthy glow, while the protein from milk helps to renew skin cells. Perfect to have as breakfast, this Strawberry Banana Smoothie can also be had as a snack later in the day.

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie recipe - How to make Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     2Makes 2 glasses
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Ingredients
1/2 cup chopped strawberries
1/2 cup chopped banana
1 1/2 cups milk / low-fat (99.7% fat-free)
1 tbsp honey
5 to 6 ice-cubes

For The Garnish
2 strawberry slices
Method
    Method
  1. Combine the milk, strawberries, banana, honey and ice-cubes and blend in a mixer till the mixture is smooth and frothy.
  2. Pour equal quantities of the smoothie into 2 individual glasses.
  3. Serve immediately garnished with a strawberry slice on the rim of each glass.

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What is strawberry banana smoothie made of?

  1. Strawberry banana smoothie is made of 1/2 cup chopped strawberries, 1/2 cup chopped banana, 1 1/2 cups milk / low-fat (99.7% fat-free), 1 tbsp honey and 5 to 6 ice-cubes.
     

Tips for strawberry banana smoothie

  1. Chop the banana just before making the smoothie to avoid black discolouration.
  2. You can make you choice between full fat milk or low fat milk.
  3. If you wish, you can avoid the use of honey too. Banana lends the necessary natural and pleasant sweetness.
  4. Serving immediately is preferable. 

How to select strawberry

  1. Strawberries spoil quickly and cannot be stored for long. They may be bought a few days prior to use, but not earlier. 
     
  2. Choose berries that are firm, plump and free of mould. 
     
  3. They should have a shiny, deep red colour with the green cap-like stem still attached to it. 
     
  4. Once picked, strawberries stop ripening. So, avoid buying those that are dull in colour or have green or yellow patches since these are likely to be sour and of inferior quality. 

     
  5. Medium-sized strawberries are often more flavourful than those that are excessively large. 
     
  6. If you are buying strawberries pre-packaged in a container, make sure that they are not packed too tightly (which may cause them to become crushed and damaged) and that the container has no signs of stains or moisture, indicating possible spoilage.

How to select banana

  1. Buy fairly firm bananas with smooth skin. 
  2. There are three ways to see if a banana is ripe: it gives in slightly when you press, it gives off a fruity rather than sappy smell, and it can be plucked off the stem easily.
     
  3. Prefer bananas with the stem intact, as ones that are open at the eyes tend to attract flies and mosquitoes! In case you end up with an open one, remember to cut off the edge before consuming the fruit. 

For the strawberry banana smoothie

  1. For the strawberry banana smoothie recipe | easy and healthy banana strawberry smoothie | 4 ingredient strawberry banana smoothie | Indian strawberry banana smoothie without yogurt, add 1/2 cup chopped strawberries in a blender jar. Strawberries are chock-full of a phytonutrients, which are good antioxidants and reduce body inflammation. This pink-red coloured fruit abounds in vitamin C. You will be surprised that a cup of strawberry is enough to fulfills your day’s requirement of vitamin C, which helps in building a healthy immune system and keeping all types of infections away. These high vitamins C count benefits in preventing cancer and also fighting the existing the cancer cells if any. Strawberries are a rich source of potassium and magnesium, which helps in lowering blood pressure. With a glycemic index 41, they can be added in limited quantity to a diabetic meal too. Moreover they are a very good source of fiber too. A cup of strawberry yields 4.6 g of fiber, which is a boon for weight loss.
  2. Add 1/2 cup chopped banana to it. Banana is high in potassium. Potassium helps normalize the heartbeat and regulates the body's water balance. Bananas have low sodium content and high potassium content, and contribute for making it an ideal fruit for hypertensives. Bananas contain good amounts of potassium and magnesium which lowers the risk of heart diseases. See the 7 incredible benefits of banana
  3. Add 1 1/2 cups milk / low-fat (99.7% fat-free). 1 cup of milk provides 70% of the Recommended Daily Allowance of Calcium. Milk promotes strong bones. The Calcium in Milk helps to protect your teeth against gum disease and keeps your jaw bone strong and healthy. Milk is low in carbs and therefore does not raise blood glucose levels. However diabetics must consider including low fat milk as advised by their dietitian only so as to avoid any fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Protein is another key nutrient which milk is rich in - 8.6 g from a cup. So all those looking to build protein stores can add milk and its products like curd and paneer to their diet. One cup of Milk gives 10 grams of carbs.  Low fat milk has lower fat and the same benefits of milk
  4. Add 1 tbsp honey. Here we have replaced refined sugar with honey. Honey, a natural sweetener, is a thick liquid made by honeybees which acts as an energy boost. A tbsp. of honey (20 g) gives 60 calories but virtually no protein, fat and fiber. It has been regarded as a traditional medicine since ages. It’s anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties are known to fight bacteria and prevent infections like cold and cough. Some research also shows that the polyphenolic compounds in honey help protect the heart. 
  5. Add 5 to 6 ice-cubes.
  6. Blend in a mixer till the mixture is smooth and frothy.
     
  7. Pour equal quantities of the smoothie into 2 individual glasses.
     
  8. Serve strawberry banana smoothie recipe | easy and healthy banana strawberry smoothie | 4 ingredient strawberry banana smoothie | Indian strawberry banana smoothie without yogurt immediately garnished with a strawberry slice on the rim of each glass.

Health Benefits of strawberry banana smoothie

  1. Strawberry Banana Smoothie – an energy boosting drink.

     
  2. This smoothie is a healthy drink which can be enjoyed at any time of the day. 
  3. Bananas are rich in carbs and thus are a source of instant energy.
  4. Banana are also rich in potassium. 
  5. Strawberries abound in vitamin C which help to build immunity and have healthy gums. 

     
  6. Vitamin C also has role to play in maintaining skin health by warding off free radicals from the body. 
     
  7. Milk is a source of protein and calcium which is necessary for bone health. 

Nutrient values (Abbrv) per glass
Energy280 cal
Protein7.4 g
Carbohydrates33 g
Fiber1.9 g
Fat10 g
Cholesterol24 mg
Sodium46.7 mg

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Reviews

Strawberry Banana Smoothie
5
 on 24 Dec 19 07:18 AM


hi mam I am allergic to milk.. so can I use almond or soya milk??
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Tarla Dalal    Aparna, use almond milk. It is super healthy and easily available in India.
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24 Dec 19 01:55 PM
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
5
 on 18 Nov 15 04:57 PM


Every time strawberries are in season I make this smoothie every single morning for my family for breakfast, it is filling , easy and quick and loved by all.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
5
 on 01 Apr 13 04:31 PM


Strawberry, banana and honey make a very tasty drink. I used some low fat milk to reduce the calories and drank it chilled. Yum.