At the beginning of the year, I resolved to live a healthier lifestyle. We’re now almost 6 months in, and I can honestly say that I have made a lot of improvements. I visited the Dr., I’ve been doing a body weight workout almost daily, and I’ve been making simple changes in my diet.
One of those diet changes has been eating more fruit, something that I’ve never really done in the past. I know I may be in the minority, but I never liked plain fruit. But smoothies are another story, and a homemade strawberry banana smoothie has recently become my healthy obsession!
With my trusty blender, I can whip up a delicious drink in just a couple of minutes. It makes a perfect snack, and many days I’ll have one for lunch if I can’t think of anything else.
What I love about a homemade smoothie is that I get to control exactly what goes into it. I don’t add any artificial sweeteners, because the fruit provides enough flavor. I feel like I’m getting vitamins and nutrients that I wouldn’t otherwise be consuming. Here’s my favorite homemade smoothie recipe:
- 1 sliced banana
- handful of sliced strawberries
- Half cup of orange juice
- 2-3 tablespoons plain yogurt (Greek is extra tasty)
- 1 teaspoon of organic honey
- 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 2-3 cubes of ice
It takes about 5 minutes total to prep, and about 45 seconds to blend. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
My homemade smoothies are also easy on the budget. The blender is a one time investment, and an affordable one at that. There are a lot of pricey models and brands available today, but I’ve found this basic Black and Decker model to be perfect for my needs.
I usually buy my fruit fresh, wash off the berries and remove the stems, then store them in the fridge, ready to slice. If there’s a good deal on an item, you can also stock up and freeze them. I’ve found pre-packaged frozen fruit to be really expensive, so I stick to buying fresh.
At our local produce market, a container of strawberries costs $2-3, depending on the day. They tend to cost more at the supermarket. Bananas are always cheap- last night I paid $.59 per pound.
Peanut butter might seem like an odd ingredient choice, but I happen to love it. It’s a great source of protein! If you don’t like it, just leave it out. I buy a big tub for less than $5. The honey adds a little extra flavor, and again, it’s something that I just love for a little added sweetness.
Plain yogurt contains probiotics, which gives your digestive system more of the “good” bacteria that it needs. Look for containers that say “Live and Active Cultures”. Yogurt is also a great source of calcium. I rarely drink milk, so I feel like the yogurt is a decent substitute. 32 oz of plain yogurt costs me less than $3, and Greek is under $5. It easily lasts me a week, even when family members are eating from it, too.
The great thing about homemade fruit smoothies is that you can experiment and come up with your own favorite recipes. There are no limits. I’ve even made smoothies with ice cream when I was out of yogurt. You could always get crazy and add veggies, like kale or carrots, although I never tried it myself. Pick your favorite fruits and veggies and combine them, and see how it tastes. You just might be pleasantly surprised with what you come up with!
Do you make homemade smoothies? What’s your healthy obsession?