Drinking a smoothie is a great way to quell hunger cravings, satisfy a sweet tooth. Load up on low-calorie berries. Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamins C and K as well as providing a good dose of fibre, folic acid, manganese and potassium. They also contain significant amounts of phytonutrients and flavanoids which makes strawberries bright red. They may increase HDL (good) cholesterol, and lower your blood pressure.
Banana contains high amounts of vitamin B6 and B12, as well as magnesium and potassium. They are higher in sugar than many other fruits, but this sugar is natural sugar, not added. It’s totally fine to eat bananas in moderation if you want to lose weight. Fruit sugar sources, like banana are in the company of fibre, which is the type of carbohydrate you want to maximize in your diet.
Orange juice is a good source of: Vitamin C. Vitamin A. Calcium, and is high in anti-oxidants.
Because of the relatively high content of carbohydrates this smoothie shouldn’t be eaten in the afternoon or evening. To provide more protein you can use skimmed milk instead of orange juice.
Ingredients: (1 serving)
- 10 strawberries hulled (approx 175g), or other berries of your choice
- 1 small banana sliced
- 100ml orange juice chilled
Blitz the berries in a blender with the banana and orange juice until smooth.