When you are in need of an energy boost during the day, then you have a ready solution in this smoothie. We are talking of the strawberry banana almond smoothie.
Wholesome at worst in terms of nutritional value. Every ingredient in this strawberry banana almond smoothie is nutritionally dense.
Even the banana, although if you are concerned about weight gain or if you are on a course of a weight loss journey, you may use one banana instead of two to make this smoothie.
It is so full of energy, you will be wondering when next hunger is going to knock on your door.
Hunger won’t be knocking on your door for hours because in this smoothie you have almond butter providing you with some rich goodness of monounsaturated fat which we all need.
Not only does the almond butter provide you with healthy fats but it helps keep you going for longer without the need for another meal for hours. The almond butter locks hunger away.
Then you have the pea protein providing a nice buffer for the banana. Nice combination.
So what do we need for this strawberry banana almond smoothie?
Here’s what we need.
Banana X 2 fingers
Strawberry X 200 gm
Greek Yogurt X 250 g
Flaxseed X 3 tbsp
Celery stick X 2
Almond butter X 2 tbs
Pea protein powder X 2 scoops
Hemp milk X 80ml
Nutritional information for Banana per 100 gm
|Total fat||0.3 g|
|Saturated fat||0.1 g|
|Polyunsaturated fat||0.1 g|
|Monounsaturated fat||0 g|
|Total Carbohydrate||23 g|
Bananas also provide you with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Iron and Magnesium
Nutritional information for Pea protein powder per 10 g
|Total Carbohydrate||0.32 g|
|Total fat||0.17 g|
|Saturated fat||0.04 g|
Pea protein made from split pea is the perfect alternative for people wishing to avoid dairy and soya based proteins on account of food allergy and intolerance, and is also gluten-free. The brand of pea protein I use has no added refined sugar and not even an artificial sweetner in sight. I use it with confidence.
You may use whey protein instead if that’s your preference. A similar protein powder to use here that’s an alternative to whey protein is hemp protein – another plant-based protein.
We will use hemp milk in this recipe and I have the nutrional information below.
Nutritional information for hemp milk per 240 g
|Total fat||7 g|
|Saturated fat||1 g|
|Trans fat||0 g|
|Total Carbohydrate||6 g|
Pea protein will also provide Iron and Calcium to boot.
How to prepare the strawberry banana almond smoothie
Slice your banana up into small chunks and put into the nutribullet processor.
>> Add the strawberry
>> Add the almond butter – 2 tablespoonful
>> Now scoop in the Greek yogurt about 200 g. You could use less, say 150 g if you are looking to lose weight just to reduce the amount of calories.
>> Add the 2 tablespoonsful of flaxseed.
>> Pour in the hemp milk.
>> Then blitz the content for about 1 minute.
>> Pause the nutribullet processor
>> Add the cut-pieces of the celery and scoop in the Pea protein powder.
>> Then blitz again for another 1 minute.
That’s it. Enjoy your strawberry banana almond smoothie. Enjoy the smoothness and the richness of this shake.
When I tested myself 1 hour after having this smoothie, I had a blood glucose reading of 5.4 mg/dl (97.2 mmol/l). Well within normal healthy limits.