Summer is here and this smoothie recipe is my favorite way to beat the heat. I enjoy it for breakfast or lunch during those days when its too hot to cook in front of the stove. And when you’re in a hurry, it’s perfect because it’s easy and quick to prepare.
This smoothie bowl is loaded with nutritious ingredients and no added white sugar. As we all know, processed white sugar is all empty calories. The berries on the other hand are low-calorie, more filling, and also contains protein and fiber. I keep a bag of frozen berries in the freezer to make it easy when I want to make a smoothie. I love using blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries.
What else might you find in this smoothie? Well, I’ve got yogurt, coconut water, honey, protein powder and oats. Honey is a natural sweetener which contains small amounts of calcium, potassium and magnesium. The yogurt, oats and protein powder all contain plenty of protein in them. Coconut water keeps you well-hydrated and contains potassium.
I don’t usually put a lot more of protein powder only because it leaves a weird after taste like cardboard. You can get up to 30 grams of protein from a half a scoop of protein powder.
As for the toppings, it’s optional. You can add frozen berries, sliced bananas, granola, shredded coconut, or nuts. With or without toppings, it will be tasty.
Whenever I make a smoothie or shake, I prefer it to be thick and slushy in the summer. For me, it’s similar to eating ice cream or sorbet to cool you down during hot days. And let me tell you, that feels so good and refreshing. Try it…..
|Prep Time||10 mins.|
|Cook Time||5 mins.|
- 1 ripe banana +more for garnish
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries +more for garnish
- 6 frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup Greek vanilla yogurt
- 1/2 cup coconut water or any milk
- 3 Tbsp old-fashion oats
- 1/2 scoop protein powder
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 2 cups ice cubes
- 1/2 cup frozen raspberries for garnish
- Place 1 banana, frozen blueberries, frozen strawberries, yogurt, oats, honey, coconut water and ice cubes in a blender and mix until smooth. To serve, transfer into bowls and top with a few more frozen blueberries, raspberries and banana slices.
For the toppings, sliced kiwi, mango, frozen blueberries or raspberries, granola or shredded coconut can be added or substituted. Add more ice when blending to make it more slushy.