|Strawberry Banana Smoothie from The Galley Gourmet|
Here I am six months later, eating better, feeling better, and not always craving sugar! I've also noticed that I have more energy. It's amazing how foods can affect your body in ways that you don't even realize. While I still occasionally treat myself (everything in moderation), I have managed to maintain a low refined sugar diet.
How?, you ask. Smoothies. I live for smoothies. Not only are they cold and creamy (a perfect substitute for that late night ice cream craving), but they are packed with nutritious and naturally sweet fruits. So do your body a favor, pull out that blender, and whirl up this delicious (my all-time favorite) smoothie.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
1/2 medium banana
4-5 medium strawberries, frozen
1/4 cup low fat no salt added cottage cheese (this sounds weird but it's the secret to a super creamy smoothie!)
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1-2 handfuls of ice
1-2 packets stevia
1 scoop unsweetened vanilla protein powder
1-3 tsp chia seeds
Add all of the ingredients to a blender, starting off with the ice. Blend for 30 seconds, or until all of the ingredients are thoroughly mixed. If you want a thicker smoothie (more like a slushi), add another handful of ice; blend until smooth. Drink immediately.
Nutritional Information (without optional add-ins):
-Quick and easy to make
-No refined sugar
-A good breakfast, snack, or dessert
-Versatile (experiment with different combinations of fruit)
-Possible brain freeze
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5