When I was in high school, there was a smoothie shop right next to Starbucks. A lot of mornings on the way to school, I’d stop by and if it was cold outside, I’d stop by Starbucks but if it was warm, I’d start my day with a smoothie. Ever since, smoothies have been a favorite breakfast and snack option of mine. The local smoothie chain we grew up with completely spoiled me and I have a hard time finding quality smoothies anywhere else (even national chains). So after craving more and more fruit over the last few months, we started making smoothies at home and I finally have my smoothie groove back. Making smoothies at home is so easy and I’m going to share one of our favorite easy smoothie recipes, Strawberry and Banana with Greek Yogurt, and how to make it two different ways.
It’s easy to think that making smoothies for breakfast a few times a week can be time consuming and expensive. What I’ve realized though is that, like anything, with the right prep work, making smoothies can be really easy and pretty cheap!
We buy frozen fruit in bulk for our smoothies (with the exception of bananas). A smoothie is actually a little better with frozen fruit because it makes the smoothie extra cold and helps keep it thick instead of becoming more of a juice consistency.
You can certainly use fresh fruit as well, but you may find that you need more yogurt or less liquid to create the right consistency. The best part though is that frozen versus fresh strawberries won’t affect the smoothie taste wise, you’ll still get a delicious result! Once you get comfortable making smoothies, you’ll be able to create your own fun combinations depending on what kind of fruit, juice and yogurt combinations you have available.
I switched to eating greek yogurt a while back and haven’t looked back at regular yogurt since. I love the creaminess of greek yogurt and I prefer the fresh flavor instead of artificial tasting flavors that some other yogurts have. Chobani Greek Yogurt is a favorite brand of mine, especially because it has three types of probiotics, 40% less sugar than regular yogurt and no artificial flavors or sweeteners. I mentioned that I’ve focused on getting lots of protein during this pregnancy and one of the ways I get it is by using greek yogurt as a snack and in my smoothies!
Steven and I enjoy different flavors of smoothies and one variation that he has found and loves is a strawberry and banana smoothie with peanut butter chocolate powder added to it. You can use a flavored protein powder or just a plain powder in that flavor. He loves the extra depth of flavor that it adds, but I personally prefer just the fruit. That’s the best part about smoothies though, you can make them in bulk or make individual smoothies using something like a Magic Bullet.
This is also a great way to prep these smoothies ahead of time. Steven has to be out the door at 6am on weekdays, which is way too early to be blending up a smoothie. Because of that, he will often make the smoothies the night before and keep them in the fridge over night so they’re ready to go in the morning. You can also prep smoothies ahead of time by adding all of the ingredients into a muffin tin and freezing it. Then you can remove the “muffins” from the tin and putt them in Ziploc bags to store. Take out one or two at a time, add your liquid and blend them up!
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- 1 cup of strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 banana
- 1/4 cup Chobani Greek Yogurt (vanilla or plain)
- 1 1/2 cup almond milk
- 2 teaspoons peanut butter protein powder, optional
- Add all ingredients into a blender
- Blend until smooth
- If too thick, add extra almond milk. If too thin, add in extra fruit or yogurt.