If I asked you to guess what 20 oz drink has 75 grams of sugar, and 350 calories, most of you might think soda or milkshake, right? But I’m talking about a smoothie from a popular chain, Smoothie King. My brother and several friends of mine frequently stop there for an afternoon snack, or a post workout drink. Smoothies seem so healthy, but don’t be fooled, not all smoothies are good for you! The Angel Food Smoothie is listed on the Trim Down menu at Smoothie King, but not much about 75 grams of sugar in one drink is going to trim you down. Not to mention it has dairy milk, soy protein, and sugar added.
You know I couldn’t resist remaking this smoothie. I used unsweetened almond milk, whole strawberries (greens included), a frozen banana, vanilla extract, and honey. My version has 29 grams of sugar, all from natural sources, and just over 200 calories. Then you are welcome to add in whatever extras you want, like spinach, chia seeds, protein powder, bee pollen, or maca powder. You could even replace the honey with a couple drops of liquid stevia, if you are really watching your sugar intake. This is a super tasty, sweet smoothie that everyone will enjoy!
Happy Smoothie Saturday!
|Strawberry Banana Smoothie||
- 3/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 5 large strawberries
- 2 tsp honey or agave (I prefer raw honey)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Add all the ingredients to a blender
- Start on low speed and slowly increase to high
- Blend until smooth, about 1 minute